- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - An ailing Mark Teixeira hobbled to first base and waited for a pinch-runner.

Ichiro Suzuki, perhaps. … Nope. He’s hurt, too.

That’s the way things have been going lately for the banged-up New York Yankees, who lost Carlos Beltran to an elbow injury and couldn’t slow the previously punchless Mets in the Subway Series opener.

Chris Young hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, Jenrry Mejia provided a jolt in relief and the Mets went deep four times to rally for a 9-7 victory Monday night.

“We really struggled today,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We didn’t make pitches.”

After going 4-0 last year for their first season sweep of the Yankees, the Mets picked up right where they left off last May.

Curtis Granderson connected in his return to Yankee Stadium, and the Mets also got long balls from Eric Young Jr. and Travis d’Arnaud while overcoming a pair of three-run deficits.

Lumbering first baseman Lucas Duda turned in two spectacular defensive plays, starting a game-ending double play with runners at the corners by making a diving stop of Brian McCann’s sharp grounder.

Brett Gardner hit an early grand slam off ex-Yankee Bartolo Colon, and Derek Jeter had three hits for the first time since September 30, 2012, in Toronto.

Beltran, the designated hitter, got hurt in the indoor cage between at-bats. He left in the seventh with a hyperextended right elbow and was scheduled to have an MRI.

“I’m concerned because it was enough to take himself out of the game,” Girardi said.

Teixeira didn’t start because of a tight left groin. The Yankees also were missing Suzuki and reliever Shawn Kelley due to their aching backs.

All that one day after CC Sabathia went on the disabled list with right knee inflammation, leaving the team without three of the five starting pitchers who began the season in the rotation.

“That’s what happens to guys that are older. You get bumps and bruises,” Teixeira said. “But we have a very deep team. We have a bunch of guys that are champing at the bit to get at-bats. We have All-Stars sitting on the bench. So we’ll fill in where we need to fill in.”

Before the game, Mejia (4-0) was removed from the Mets’ rotation and added to a struggling bullpen - a move he was reluctant to make. He entered in the seventh for his first relief appearance since September 2012 and struck out Alfonso Soriano on three pitches before working a scoreless eighth.

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