Batting from the right side, Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira slugged a grand slam in the second inning against White Sox lefty Carlos Rodon on Friday night, staking the Yankees to a 6-0 lead. He wasn’t done. Batting lefty against reliever Matt Albers in the fourth inning, Teixeira blasted a two-run home run, making it a 9-2 game.
It marks the 14th time in his career Teixeira has homered from both sides of the plate. That’s a new major league record, surpassing Nick Swisher’s 13, as MLB.com’s Scott Merkin points out.
Teixeira, 35, entered play Friday batting a terrific .263/.368/.562 with 26 home runs and 67 RBI. You can tack on two dingers and six rib-eyes to that. He’s well on his way to his first 30-homer (and 100-RBI) season since 2011.
Watch his grand slam:
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Gillaspie served as Chicago’s starting third baseman for much of the first half, but he entered play Sunday with a brutal .237/.276/.364 batting line. Gillaspie hit .282/.336/.416 in 130 games last season.
He is only 28 years old, so there will probably be some trade interest out there from opposing teams.
Tyler Saladino has taken over at the hot corner for the White Sox. Gordon Beckham is in the mix too.
White Sox reliever Matt Albers was placed on the disabled list April 25 after suffering a compression fracture in his right pinkie during Chicago’s brawl with the Royals on April 23 at U.S. Cellular Field.
The hope was that a little rest and rehab would heal the injury, but he hadn’t been making much progress and now Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that Albers underwent surgery on Tuesday. The 32-year-old righty is expected to be out 6-8 weeks.
Albers had allowed just one run in 5 2/3 innings of relief this season for the Pale Hose, striking out five batters and issuing only one walk. He was signed to a minor league contract in February.
Matt Albers is off to a nice start as a member of the White Sox bullpen after missing most of 2014 due to shoulder problems, but JJ Stankevitz of CSNChicago.com reports that he’s headed to the 15-day disabled list with a finger injury suffered during Thursday’s benches-clearing brawl with the Royals.
The specific diagnosis is a compression fracture of a finger on his throwing hand. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is hopeful the injury won’t keep him sidelined for long, but there’s no clear timetable for his return.
Albers, 32, has allowed one run on four hits and one walk over 5 2/3 innings this season to go along with five strikeouts.
Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes had White Sox starter Jose Quintana’s number on Sunday afternoon. Cespedes stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two out in the first inning and worked the count full before hammering a 92 MPH Quintana fastball over the fence in left field for a grand slam.
Cespedes made it two when he faced Quintana again in the third inning, this time with a runner on first base and two outs. Cespedes demolished a 90 MPH fastball so much that left fielder Melky Cabrera barely moved as he watched it sail over the bullpen.
Once Quintana was out of the game, the White Sox were able to handle Cespedes. Reliever Matt Albers got him to line out to center in the fifth and Kyle Drabek struck him out in the seventh. The Tigers still cruised to a 9-1 win.
Cespedes, acquired from the Red Sox during the winter, is batting .300/.314/.600 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 51 plate appearances.