Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira entered Saturday’s action with a .181 batting average, a .295 slugging percentage and only two home runs through 105 at-bats. When he checks the box score tomorrow, things will look a little different.
The big man exploded for three home runs and five RBI Saturday evening against the Red Sox, helping his Yanks to a 14-3 victory. Teixeira started the season on a sour note, but is now batting .393 in his last seven games (11-for-28) and has collected 11 RBI in that span. His batting average now sits at .207 and his slugging percentage shot up to .396.
All is right in the Yankee Universe. The Bombers are out to a 21-8 record, good enough for second place in the American League East standings, just behind the scorching-hot Rays.
Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.
When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.
Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.