Mark Teixeira ties Mickey Mantle’s MLB record with ninth 30-homer season as a switch hitter

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Yankees first baseman Mark Teixiera hit a game-tying solo home run in the second inning off of Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey. It’s his 30th home run in what has been a renaissance season.

The blast also moved Teixeira into a tie with Mickey Mantle for the most 30-homer seasons as a switch hitter. Teixeira did it eight seasons in a row between 2004-11. Chipper Jones and Lance Berkman are tied for the third-most 30-homer seasons as switch hitters with six.

Teixeira, 35, entered play Friday batting .266/.371/.573. Using the Sabermetric statistic weighted on-base average (wOBA), Teixeira’s .397 is seventh-best in baseball, and way above the .314 American League average.