Sunday, March 29, 2009
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Mark Teixeira is fitting in quite nicely with the New York Yankees.
The first baseman, who signed an eight-year deal worth $180 million in the offseason, hit his second spring home run and raised his Grapefruit League average to .391 as the Yankees defeated the Atlanta Braves 6-4 on Saturday.
'I've been spending a lot of time in the cage and my swing is coming around,' Teixeira said. 'By opening day, I should be about where I want. It takes a while when you are a switch-hitter.'
Teixeira was 2-for-2 and walked against Braves starter Jair Jurrjens. His homer came on the first pitch of the fifth inning and sailed well over the fence in right-center field.
'We've got a great lineup and I'm going to get pitches to hit all season,' Teixeira said. 'We should score a lot of runs.'
Atlanta All-Star catcher Brian McCann had to leave in the first after being struck on the right ring finger by a foul tip by Teixeira, but said it was just a bruise.
'We caught a break there,' Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said.
McCann started five consecutive games so he could catch the entire Atlanta rotation after missing much of spring training while playing for the United States in the World Baseball Classic.
'It's just a bruise,' McCann said. 'I should be able to play in a couple days.'