He’s on the Mark

Teixeira091909.jpgMark Teixeira finished a double shy of the cycle on Saturday at Safeco Field, and had a shot at it in the ninth inning. Instead, he decided to belt a homer over the left-center field wall.

“It enters your mind,” Teixeira said. “I’ve done it before so I know how cool it is and rare it is. I knew what I needed that last at-bat.”

But the Yankees have had cycles before, including Melky Cabrera this season. Apparently it’s even more rare to do what Teixeira did. According to Baseball Reference, Teixeira became the first Yankee since Elston Howard (8/19/62 at Kansas City) to hit at least two homers and triple in the same game.

Teixeira also homered from both sides of the plate in the same game for third time this season, tying Nick Swisher – who accomplished the feat this season and in 2007 with Oakland – and Tony Clark (1998 with Detroit) for the AL single-season record, according to the Elias Sports Bureau

That first-inning race to third base, by the way? Teixeira now has collected three triples over a 15 at-bat span from Wednesday through Saturday, after having no triples in his previous 1,289 regular season at-bats and just three triples over his previous three seasons (2006-08).

“You kind of chuckle a little bit inside your head,” Teixeira said. “Baseball’s funny that way. You can see all kinds of stats that just blow your mind.”

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