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NEW YORK — Mark Teixeira hit a grand slam for his first homer of the season, Brett Gardner had a tiebreaking single in the sixth inning and the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 Monday night to spoil Nick Swisher’s first game back in the Bronx.

Andy Pettitte lasted only 4 2-3 innings in a wild return from the disabled list — his 500th career start. Shawn Kelly (3-0) and three other relievers held the Indians scoreless the rest of the way to help New York win for the second time in nine games.

Yankees designated hitter Travis Hafner, wearing Swisher’s old No. 33, homered against his former team in the seventh off Justin Masterson (8-4), who matched a season high by allowing seven runs.

Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera had to be helped off the field after straining his right quadriceps running out a grounder in a three-run fifth.

Kelly pitched 1 1-3 innings, Joba Chamberlain and David Robertson one each of hitless relief, and Mariano Rivera retired Swisher on a fly to left with a runner on second for his 20th save in 21 chances.

After a brief thunderstorm canceled batting practice, the Indians put a runner in scoring position in the first when Mike Aviles singled and went to second on Pettitte’s wild pitch. With two outs, Swisher walked up to the plate to a sustained ovation.

He stepped out of the batter’s box for a moment with that familiar, toothy grin on his face. A moment later, the switch-hitter settled in from the right side to face a pitcher he called a certain Hall of Famer.

But Swisher wouldn’t step out when plate umpire Manny Gonzalez called strike three to end the first inning. Swisher dropped his bat and held his spot in the box while discussing the call with Gonzalez.

The popular outfielder was upset last October when he was booed by the “Bleacher Creatures” during a punchless playoffs. Before the game Monday, though, he insisted he was “living in the now, bro,” and wasn’t worried about his reception.

When Swisher took his position at first base in the bottom of the first, the “Bleacher Creatures” showed him all was forgiven. They chanted his name — a tradition normally reserved for Yankees only. Swisher turned and saluted the crew, just as he did with New York from 2009-12, although usually from right field.

Swisher gave the Indians the lead in the third when he hit a grounder to third base with runners on second and third. David Adams fielded the ball and tried to tag Aviles, who was advancing to third. Aviles was called out but Michael Bourn scored from third.

Swisher scored on Carlos Santana’s two-run double in the fifth after walking during a stretch in which Pettitte threw 10 straight balls and the second of two wild pitches.

Lyle Overbay got the first outfield putout of his 13-year big league career to end a bases-loaded threat in the fifth, catching Yan Gomes’ shallow popup on the run.

Overbay was given his first start in the outfield in part because Curtis Granderson (broken knuckle) is on the disabled list for the second time this season, and the Yankees optioned Brennan Boesch to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make room for Pettitte.

Santana’s double chased Pettitte.

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