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Teixeira emerges, passes an early hero

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 03, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The record is kind of an obscure one, but it meant something to Mark Teixeira. He’s now homered from the both sides of the plate in the same game more often than anyone in baseball history. It meant something to Teixeira for several reasons, I’m sure, but this one stands out.

One of the players he passed was Chili Davis. The other was Hall of Famer Eddie Murray.

“I grew up in Baltimore, and Eddie was such a great player,” Teixeira said. “And (Eddie) being a switch hitter, I always messed around as a switch hitter in the backyard. I started playing baseball at a really young age in the backyard — just Wiffle ball — and when I had a few swings right handed, I’d switch over left-handed and try to hit one over the fence left handed. So that record’s pretty special.”

The record was a little bit lost on a night dominated by Phil Hughes. You know what else has been a little bit lost lately? Teixeira is hitting again. He’s been hitting for power all year, but in 20 games since the all-star break he’s batting .305 with six homers and 17 RBI.

It’s not one of those red-hot streaks that jumps out at you, but it’s a positive step for a guy who’s used to being a much more complete hitter than he’s been this season.

“It feels good,” Teixeira said. “It just goes back to me getting ready early. I had a bad stretch there, and Kevin Long and I just said, ‘You’re late.’ Just getting down early, getting ready, and trying to put good swings on the ball.”

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