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Yankees Activate Teixeira, Youkilis From DL

Rob Carr/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Help is on the way for the struggling New York Yankees.

The team has activated both first baseman Mark Teixeira and third baseman Kevin Youkilis from the disabled list.

Both Teixeira and Youkilis are in the lineup Friday night as the Yankees begin a three-game series with the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.  Their arrival comes with the Yankees in the middle of a five-game losing streak.

Teixeira is making his season debut Friday night after tearing the ECU sheath in his right wrist during spring training.

"I'm happy with how things went," said Teixeira, who originally hoped to return around May 1. "It was a little slower than I would have liked. As I've told you guys a few times, I would have been back the day after I got hurt if they would have let me try."

Youkilis was shelved with a lumbar sprain in his back.  He has played in just 17 of the Yankees' 53 games entering Friday, hitting .266 with two home runs and 17 RBIs. 

Vidal Nuno and Ivan Nova were sent down to make room for the sluggers.

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