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Yankees 9, Mets 5: Mark Teixeira Sends One Flying, Then Flies Off the Handle

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Mark Teixeira shouted at Mets starter Steven Matz after being hit on the leg with a pitch during the fifth inning on Wednesday night.

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With a parade of veterans leaving, a conga line of prospects arriving and Alex Rodriguez anchored to the bench, it is a head-spinning time in the Bronx.

Amid that uncertainty, Mark Teixeira took it upon himself on Wednesday to serve a reminder of Yankee traditions: beating opponents with a swing of the bat while displaying a certain amount of feistiness.

Teixeira brought those elements to the Yankees’ 9-5 win over the Mets, belting a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the second inning and adding some bite to the atmosphere at a sold-out Yankee Stadium when Steven Matz, the Mets’ starting pitcher, clipped him in the leg in his next at-bat.

That pitch, in the fifth inning, sent Teixeira pinwheeling to the ground, but he immediately sprang to his feet and shouted at Matz as Mets catcher Rene Rivera and Yankees third baseman Chase Headley, who was in the on-deck circle, rushed out to try to…

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