Mark Teixeira homered from both sides of the plate last night. It was the 12th time he has done that in his career, and that’s a record. The previous record was 11 — duh — and until Teixeira’s second homer, he shared it with Eddie Murray and Chili Davis.
Those homers likewise tie Teixeira with Ruben Sierra for sixth place on the all-time home run list for switch hitters, with 306.
Next up: Reggie Smith at 314. Once he gets there, the only ones ahead of him are Chili Davis, Chipper Jones, Eddie Murray and Mickey Mantle.
UPDATE: Oops. Forgot about Berkman, who has 355.
UPDATE: Rosenthal is now walking the report back a bit, saying that indications that the Yankees and Happ are close to a deal but that it is not yet done.
10:29 AM: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees and J.A. Happ have come to terms on a three-year deal. The agreement is pending a physical. The financial terms are not yet known.
Happ just turned 36, but he has been effective enough to warrant a three-year commitment. The Yankees know this as well as anyone, having acquired him last year and watched him post a 7-0 record and a 2.69 ERA in 11 starts in New York. For the entire season he was 17-6 with a 3.65 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 193/51 in 177.2 innings between the Yankees and the Blue Jays.
With Happ back in the fold, the Yankees rotation now consists of Luis Severino, James Paxton, Happ, Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia, not necessarily in that order. A good group, assuming it stays healthy.