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Mark Teixeira took swings from the right side of the plate and then the left in Tampa on Sunday, his first time batting outdoors since a wrist injury ended his 2013 season almost before it began.
He pronounced himself ready to return and gave what seemed like a warning to the rest of Major League Baseball. Last year was an aberration, when the New York Yankees missed the playoffs for only the second time in 19 years.
‘‘You look at our lineup, we’re back to being the Yankees again,’’ he said. ‘‘Last year we weren’t the Yankees.’’
After two days of canceled flights from New York, Teixeira started workouts four days ahead of the other position players. He fielded grounders at first base, took 53 swings off a tee and 43 more in batting practice in his first outdoor session since surgery last July 2 to repair a torn tendon sheath in his right wrist.