Had Mark Teixeira squared up Matt Capps' 2-2 94-mph fastball in the ninth inning, the Yankees would still be playing right now.
Instead, Teixeira flied out to the warning track in right, and the Yankees fell 6-5 to the Twins on Wednesday night at the Stadium.
“I knew I hit it too high,” said Teixeira, who had five good at-bats and two hits to show for it. “I just got under it just a bit.”
Teixeira, a notoriously slow starter, said he’s feeling really good at the plate right now. He’s currently hitting .267.
“You can’t ask for anything more except a win,” the Yankees first baseman said.
* Andruw Jones figured it was a double all the way. Plus, he didn’t see Alexi Casilla trip while rounding first.
“I just didn’t see him fall down, so I thought it was an automatic double,” said Jones, who casually fielded Casilla’s two-bagger down the left-field line in the seventh inning, before throwing the ball in to third.
Jones, who downplayed the incident, said none of the infielders told him to throw to second.
* Robinson Cano went 2-for-4 and hit his first home run of the season. It came on his 48th at-bat of the year. He drove in two runs -- the first two runs driven in by any Yankees cleanup hitter this season.
* Nick Swisher has four hits in his last 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position, after starting the season 2-for-11.
* Derek Jeter, who went 3-for-5 and hit his fourth homer of the season, has hit safely in 11 of 12 games in 2012. He also moved into 19th place on baseball’s all-time runs scored list (1,776). Jeter is 11-for-19 (.579) off lefties so far.
Jeter's 21 hits and four homers are his most hits and home runs ever through the first 12 games of a season. (He also had 21 hits and four homers in 1999.)
Last season, Jeter didn’t hit his fourth homer of the year until July 25 against Seattle, in Game No. 79.