The entire infield went deep for the Yankees in this 12-4 win, Mark Teixeira twice and Robinson Cano, Eduardo Nunez and Ramiro Pena, of all people, one time apiece.
“Me and Robbie, you almost expect that sometimes for us,” Teixiera said. “But when Nunez and Pena go deep like that, we’re just so excited.
“For Nunez, it was his birthday, so (we said) happy birthdays all around. Then once Pena hit his, we said, ‘It’s your birthday, too.’ ”
“I don’t know if I’ve been a part of a game where every infielder hits a home run,” Joe Girardi said.
Teixeira tied the major-league record held by Eddie Murray and Chili Davis by homering from both sides of the plate for the 11th time.
“Eddie Murray is the reason I’m a switch-hitter, growing up in Baltimore,” Teixeira said. “My dad and I loved watching him play. He used to always say, ‘We’re going to the game tonight. Is Eddie going to hit one from the right side or the left side?’ Just pretty neat to be a part of that group.”
Nunez went 2 for 4 for the second straight game in place of Derek Jeter, including a solo homer and two steals in one inning. This was also the day Nunez turned 24.
“I’m so happy,” Nunez said. “It’s my birthday and I hit a home run.”
The Yankees have hit 22 home runs off Texas pitching this season, an average of 2.75 per game. They have hit 103 homers overall, their third-most ever through 66 games.
Outside of Monday’s 1-0 loss to Cleveland, the Yankees have been doing just fine with the bats lately, especially with two straight 12-4 wins over Texas. They have scored 48 runs in their last five wins in this six-game stretch since getting swept by Boston. This game also marked the first time in the live-ball era — since 1920 — that the Yankees had five homers and five steals.
“Hitting is contagious,” Teixeira said. “We had one hiccup in the last game against Cleveland, but it started in that series. We’re just really seeing the ball well and putting good swings, going deep counts when we need to and taking our walks when we need to, but really just being aggressive at the plate.”
Ivan Nova was relying on just two pitches, his fastball and his curve, early on and gave up four runs in the first three innings. But that’s all he allowed in 5 2/3.
“It wasn’t too good and wasn’t too bad,” Nova said. “I got the win. I’ll take that one.”
Girardi chose righty Brian Gordon – fresh from opting out at Philadelphia’s Triple-A Lehigh Valley outpost, where he was in his 15th minor-league season – to start today in the series final over Hector Noesi, who warmed in the fifth but didn’t get in.
“He’s had an outstanding season in Triple-A for the Phillies,” Girardi said. “It’s his day to start. He’s actually on his regular turn. I’ve seen a little film on him, not a ton, but a little bit. Seems to throw a lot of strikes, has good command. He has a curveball, slider and changeup. He’s a veteran guy. I think he’s almost 33 years old. We had Noesi up tonight. He’s more built up than Hector because of the way we’ve had to use Hector.”