Yanks’ Teixeira excercising April demons


The most encouraging news among New Yankees’ management and fans alike is the unusual strong start of their slugging first baseman, Mark Teixeira. Even though this 30 year-old veteran is coming off a solid season of 33 homeruns and 108 RBI’s, much was made of his past April struggles. Last year Teixeira found himself in an early hole as he hit only .136 after the first month with two homeruns and six RBI’s. Following the Yankees 10-6 victory on Saturday afternoon against the Detroit Tigers, no one is worrying anymore about Teixeira who, after two games, has two homeruns, six RBI’s, and a solid .286 batting average. Another great sign in this weekend victory was the performance from their number two pitcher, A.J. Burnett, who is coming off a forgettable season, which saw him post a 10-15 record with a 5.26 ERA. Battling a head cold Burnett, who was given a 3-0 lead before taking the mound, pitched five innings and surrendered three runs; while striking out six. Besides Teixeira, who hit what was a three run homer in the second inning, New York also got another three run shot from catcher, Russell Martin. A third Yankees homerun came from infielder and future hall of famer, Alex Rodriguez, who in the sixth hit career number 614. A capacity crowd at the new  Yankee Stadium got to see their beloved captain, Derek Jeter, get two hits closer to the magical 3,000 mark. This 10-6 victory follows up what was an impressive 6-3 Opening Day win against the Tigers.


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