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:
The Rangers announced on Tuesday that outfielder Joey Gallo was activated from the 10-day injured list. He’s in the lineup, batting fifth and playing center field against the Tigers.
Gallo, 25, went on the disabled list at the beginning of June due to a strained left oblique. He was in the midst of an All-Star-caliber campaign, batting .276/.421/.653 with 17 home runs and 41 RBI in 214 plate appearances.
On a similar note, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Gallo wasn’t among those offered invitations to participate in the upcoming Home Run Derby. Gallo said of participating, “If I’m not invited, it makes the decision easy.”
It’s one thing for Gallo to not participate because he’s not interested; it’s another thing entirely if he’s not invited, however understandable given his injury. We are all worse off not being able to see Gallo crush dinger after dinger at Progressive Field next month.