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Yankees get some help; activate Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Kevin Youkilis (left) and Mark Teixeira will give the Yankees lineup a big lift. (USATSI)
Kevin Youkilis (left) and Mark Teixeira will give the Yankees lineup a big lift. (USATSI)

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The Yankees have activated first baseman Mark Teixeira and third baseman Kevin Youkilis off the DL, the team announced. Righty Ivan Nova and lefty Vidal Nuno were sent to Triple-A to clear room on the roster.

Teixeira, 33, suffered a right wrist injury while preparing for the World Baseball Classic with Team USA back in March. He did not require surgery but has been sidelined for close to three months. Teixeira hit .251/.332/.475 (117 OPS+) with 24 home runs in 123 games last year.

Youkilis, 34, missed close to a month with a back problem. He hit .266/.347/.422 (108 OPS+) with two homers in 17 games before the injury. Fill-in third baseman David Adams hit .250/.264/.423 (83 OPS+) while Youkilis was out, and he will remain with the team in a reserve role.

The Yankees have hit just .235/.306/.360 (88 OPS+) against left-handed pitchers this season, so the switch-hitting Teixeira and right-handed Youkilis will help in a big way against southpaws. Teixeira put up a 126 OPS+ against lefties last year, Youkilis a 133 OPS+.

Nuno, 25, held the Mets to two runs in six innings on Thursday night. He owns a 2.25 ERA in 20 innings spread across three starts and two relief appearances this year. Nuno will give up his rotation spot to Andy Pettitte next week, when the veteran southpaw returns from the DL.

The 26-year-old Nova has pitched to a 5.16 ERA in 22 2/3 innings across four starts and two relief appearances this year. He threw five innings of one-run ball on Wednesday and was likely out of commission this weekend anyway, so the Yankees really won't have a short bullpen.

Nova has gone 14-9 with a 5.04 ERA since going 16-4 with a 3.70 ERA as a rookie in 2011. By going to Triple-A, he'll get a chance to start every five days in a non-results-oriented environment while figuring out exactly what went wrong.

The Yankees have lost five consecutive games, including the last four to the crosstown rival Mets. They scored only 10 runs in those five games.

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