Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira joined the 400-home run club in a big way on Sunday, going deep twice in a 6–3 win over the Padres.
Stuck on 399, Teixeira stepped to the plate in the eighth after striking out in his first three at bats and took Carlos Vllanueva deep to right with the bases empty. One inning later, he went deep again to right off Kevin Quackenbush for a two-run shot.
Teixeira became the fifth switch-hitter with at least 400 home runs, joining teammate Carlos Beltran, who accomplished the feat earlier in the season.
Mickey Mantle (536), Eddie Murray (540) and Chipper Jones (468) are the other three switch-hitting major-leaguers to reach the milestone.
– Kenny Ducey