Yankees to hold ceremony for retiring Mark Teixeira

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Yankees will honor Mark Teixeira in a ceremony before the regular-season finale Oct. 2 against Baltimore.

The 36-year-old first baseman signed an eight-year contract as a free agent in 2009. He announced plans to retire after the season in August.

Teixeira has played 14 seasons and has 406 home runs. Only four switch-hitters in major league history have more. A member of the Yankees' 2009 World Series championship team, Teixeira led the league that year with 122 RBIs and tied for the league lead with 39 homers.

He has been injured much of this season and is hitting .198 with 12 homers and 37 RBIs.

Teixeira is a three-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner. He also played with Texas, Atlanta and the Los Angeles Angels.

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