Dozier homers, Twins top Yankees

Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier rounds the bases after hitting a third inning home run against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mark Teixeira had an RBI single during a three-run first inning in the New York Yankees’ 7-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins Friday in a split-squad game.

The first baseman had surgery to repair the tendon sheath in his right wrist last July. He was injured in early March preparing for the World Baseball Classic with Team USA. After returning May 31, Teixeira’s season ended June 15 when he took himself out of a game against the Los Angeles Angels.

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"I’m really excited about the way the wrist feels," Teixeira said. "How it’s bounced back from the increased workload. I haven’t taken any steps backwards, which is very positive. I’m just very happy overall."

Teixeira went 1 for 2 batting left-handed and walked while batting from the right side Friday, and the switch-hitter is 2 for 12 overall.

Brian Roberts hit a run-scoring double in the first off rotation candidate Kyle Gibson.

"All I’m trying to do is make the decision tough," Gibson said.

New York was held hitless after Jacoby Ellsbury, Roberts and Teixeira got consecutive hits to start the first.

Starting time: Gibson allowed three runs and three hits over four innings.

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Early exit man: Twins manager Ron Gardenhire didn’t hesitate when asked about a particular memory about Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.

"Derek Jeter has been the main cog in sending my butt home a lot of times in the playoffs," Gardenhire said with a smile. "We’ll call him early exit man. He did that to us quite a bit."

Jeter announced last month that will be retiring after the 2014 season.

"He’s led that team forever," Gardenhire said. "One of the most professional baseball players I’ve ever seen. Class act. Enjoys the game of baseball. I’m going to miss him seeing him out there on the field. He’s a pretty special guy."

Trainer’s room: Gardenhire said shortstop Pedro Florimon, who an appendectomy Feb. 17, could play Sunday.

"He’s doing great," Gardenhire said. "He has no issues."