Mark Teixeira, Kevin Youkilis activated and in the lineup

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The Yankees lineup tonight includes two welcome names: Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis. The former is batting cleanup and playing first base. The latter is DHing and batting second.

Teixeira, of course, has been out since early in spring training, when he tore the tendon sheath in his right wrist while taking batting practice in preparation for the World Baseball Classic. Youkilis has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 28 with a lumbar spine strain.

Teixeira has been though by some to have his years of stardom all in the rear view mirror. Youk was hitting .266/.347/.422 in 72 plate appearances before he went down, which was not the Youk of old.  But given what Joe Girardi has had to work with in recent weeks, both in the lineup have to be considered genuine sights for sore eyes.