Mark Teixeira in lineup vs. Red Sox

Updated: June 9, 2011, 12:22 AM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees had their usual "Entourage" of power hitters at the top of their lineup on Wednesday night.

Mark Teixeira, who was forced to leave Tuesday night's game after being hit by a 90-mph fastball from Boston Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester in the bottom of the first inning, batted third and played first base when the Yankees took on their American League East rivals Wednesday night in the Bronx.

"It was one of those things I knew was there," said Teixeira, who went 1-for-4 with two RBIs in the Yankees' 11-6 loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday night. "It was a little sore, but it didn't keep me from doing anything today."

Teixeira texted manager Joe Girardi and trainer Steve Donohue early Wednesday morning with the message, "count me in tonight."

"It feels much better than it did last night," said Teixeira, who was diagnosed with a "right knee contusion" after X-rays taken at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night came back negative. "I woke up without any problems. It's bruised up and it's gonna look nice for a while."

Teixeira, who wore a wrap around his right knee during Wednesday night's game, said he took "dry swings" to test his knee Wednesday morning and also jumped around on one leg to see if he'd be ready to play. He said the swelling is "minimal" and he didn't think he'd be limited.

"It's sore but it's not going to keep me from running or playing defense or anything like that," said Teixeira, who noted that he iced his knee late Tuesday night, which was key to his speedy recovery.

At about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Teixeira was seen on the field at Yankee Stadium doing a shoot for his cameo appearance in "Entourage," the hit television show on HBO.

"It was fun," Teixeira said. "It will air this season, but you're going have to watch to find out what happened."

The 31-year-old veteran entered Wednesday hitting .258 with 18 home runs and 41 RBIs this season.

Nine of those homers came in his previous 16 games prior to being hit in his first at-bat Tuesday night.

Jorge Posada took over at first base for Teixeira and wound up going 3-for-3 at the plate. However, Posada missed Wednesday night's game because his 11-year-old son, Jorge III, underwent another surgery for craniosynotosis, a birth defect in which the bones in a child's skull do not fuse correctly.

Regular right fielder Nick Swisher would've been the Yankees' fall back at first had Teixeira not been able to play.

While the Yankees had Teixeira back on Wednesday, they were without starting catcher Russell Martin, who has a stiff back. Backup Francisco Cervelli replaced Martin behind the plate, catching starter A.J. Burnett.

Girardi is unsure when Martin will return.

"When a back locks up you really don't know. It can take a couple days, it can take three days, I can't really tell you," Girardi said. "It could be tomorrow."

Martin said he suffered the injury doing his postgame workout Tuesday night.

"I did my legs, finished up and started dead lifts," Martin said. "I did one rep, and as I was coming up I felt something."

Martin was unsure of his status for Thursday night's game against Boston.

"We're gonna see how I feel tomorrow," Martin said. "And if it's not getting any better we'll have some tests on it."

Martin nearly had to come into the game after Cervelli was struck in the groin by a foul tip.

"I was getting some treatment and saw the replay," Martin said. "I mean I would've had to (play if he couldn't). If it would've been desperate measures, I would've. I probably wouldn't have been happy about it, but I would've went in there."

Martin tried to talk Girardi into letting him play on Wednesday night, but Martin was ruled out after going through treatment earlier Wednesday.

He said it's the first time he's suffered this type of injury.

Martin has played in 49 of the Yankees' 59 games. He is hitting .238 with nine homers and 27 RBIs.

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com. Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley was used in this report.

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