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.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms a report from journalist Américo Celado that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. Castillo was believed to have used a steroid, but according to Rosenthal, the substance was not a steroid. More details should come on Thursday.
Castillo, 31, entered Wednesday’s action batting .270/.314/.477 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 118 plate appearances. He has gotten the bulk of the work behind the plate, backed up by Omar Narváez.
Castillo’s absence will likely prompt the White Sox to call up Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte. Smith battled an ankle injury in March and April, so he got a late start to the season. In 102 PA at Triple-A, he has hit .283/.343/.457.