KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Kelly Johnson homered after Mark Teixeira’s first hit of the spring, and the New York Yankees beat a Houston Astros split squad 9-6 on Saturday.
Teixeira, playing in his second spring game after missing most of last season due to wrist surgery, led off the third inning with a long double off reliever Darin Downs. Johnson hit the next pitch for his first homer.
It was his first hit since June 11.
Teixeira played 4 1-2 innings at first base and went 1-for-2 with a walk while “continuing to knock off some rust, get my legs in shape, get my swing in shape,” he said. “I was glad I saw a walk today. That was a good step for me, just seeing pitches.”
Teixeira was also happy to get some swings from both sides of the plate.
“I like doing that in spring training because we have days off, and sometimes pitchers are changing so much,” he said. “You can go two or three games without facing a left-handed pitcher. I’ll go a week without hitting right-handed.”
Chris Carter hit a three-run homer for the Astros, and Jose Altuve had two hits and scored twice.
Houston manager Bo Porter lost his first replay challenge. Yankees manager Joe Girardi remained 0-0 on challenges after going out to talk over whether Brett Gardner’s line drive had actually been caught by Astros left fielder L.J. Hoes in the fourth inning.
“I went out there to see what they saw, and they decided to huddle, so I really didn’t have to do much,” Girardi said.
Porter challenged an out call at first base after Teixeira fielded Jonathan Villar’s second-inning bunt and tossed the ball to Eduardo Nunez covering first base. Porter challenged whether Nunez’s foot was on the bag. The call was upheld within seconds.