Mark Teixeira’s winter workouts paying off - Metro US

Mark Teixeira’s winter workouts paying off

After just one series, Mark Teixeira was on pace to hit a home run in every game.

For a notoriously slow starter like Tex, this beginning seemed about as likely as the Red Sox starting 0-3.

“I’m just getting good pitches to get and really just swinging hard and putting some good swings on it. [I’m] getting my swing every time out, not just trying to put the ball in play,” Teixeira said before last night’s late game with Minnesota. “I’ve always been someone that wants to do damage every swing I take and I’ve been doing that on good pitches.”

The damage came against three right-handed pitchers and from the left side of the plate. It’s his patience and previous at-bats that seem to be helping him zone in on the ball.

On Thursday, he faced Justin Verlander, whom he was 1-for-17 against; and in the first inning, he drew a seven-pitch walk. He took a base on balls against Brad Penny in his first appearance Saturday — and before connecting off Max Scherzer on Sunday, he lined the third pitch for a single.

“Hopefully, it’s going to work out like this the rest of the year,”?he said.

Teixeira, of course, isn’t the only Yankee power hitter striping it early this season. The Bombers set a team record with nine home runs in their first three games.

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