Yankees 6, Padres 3: Mark Teixeira Hits 400th Home Run as Power Hitting Pushes Yankees Past Padres


Mark Teixeira hit his 400th career home run in the eighth inning against the Padres on Sunday, then hit another in the ninth to score Brett Gardner and put the Yankees ahead by 6-1.

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SAN DIEGO — In a season filled with frustration for the Yankees, nobody has been more agitated than Mark Teixeira. First he hurt his neck, then he hurt his knee. And if his body did not ache all the time, his bat certainly did, as he went more than two months without a home run.

After striking out in his first three at-bats Sunday, he surely had few expectations when he hit a towering fly ball down the right-field line. But the baseball, carried along by a mild ocean breeze, drifted and then drifted some more until it landed just over the notch in the wall, a mere 334 feet from home plate.

As it did, Teixeira held a fist aloft and shouted out as he rounded first, a gesture not only of gratitude but of celebration for the 400th home run of his career.

“It’s a very nice honor,” Teixeira said of the milestone. “I’m very blessed to be able to play…

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