CHICAGO (AP) - Mark Teixeira is on a hot streak, and it doesn’t seem to matter whether he’s swinging right- or left-handed.
Teixeira homered from both sides of the plate for the record 14th time, hitting his 10th grand slam and a two-run homer that led the New York Yankees over the Chicago White Sox 13-6 Friday night.
“It’s been good since the All-Star break,” Teixeira said. “Just seeing the ball real well right now and getting some good pitches to hit.”
Teixeira had his second straight two-homer game and leads the Yankees with 28 homers and 73 RBIs.
Batting right-handed, Teixeira’s slam off Carlos Rodon (4-4) put New York ahead 6-0 in a five-run second. Batting left-handed, he connected against Matt Albers for a 9-2 lead in a five-run fourth.
That helped New York rebound from a 7-6 loss at Texas on Thursday.
“I thought our guys bounced back great today and put great at-bats on a young pitcher they hadn’t seen,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Teixeira said when he’s hitting well right-handed, it usually doesn’t mean he’s hitting as well left-handed - or vice versa. But he’s locked in on both sides now.
“Sometimes if you’re not feeling good at the plate, yeah, it’s very frustrating,” Teixeira said. “When you’re feeling good and you’re facing tough pitchers, it’s a huge advantage to be a switch hitter. It kind of just depends on how you’re feeling.”
Teixeira, who went 3 for 4 with two walks, had been tied with Cleveland’s Nick Swisher at 13 games homering from both sides, according to STATS. It was Teixeira’s 41st multihomer game overall.
“It’s a cool record to have,” Teixeira said, “but hopefully I’ll add to it.”
Alex Rodriguez had two hits, including a double, to reach 1,500 hits with the Yankees and also walked three times while scoring four runs. Carlos Beltran and Brendan Ryan each had three of New York’s 18 hits.
A day after he was acquired from Seattle, Dustin Ackley made his Yankees debut when he pinch hit in the seventh and grounded out. Ackley, the Yankees’ 49th player this season, grounded out again in the eighth.
Nathan Eovaldi (11-2), making his 100th start, allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. He is 6-0 in his last eight starts.
Adam LaRoche, a first baseman who was the designated hitter, had four hits and pitched the ninth in his first mound appearance since 2003 at Double-A Greenville.
LaRoche threw only the second 1-2-3 inning for Chicago, retiring Stephen Drew on a popup, John Ryan Murphy on a groundout and then striking out Brendan Ryan on an 85 mph pitch. LaRoche threw three lobs of 50-62 mph in the style of his father, Dave LaRoche, who made the La Lob eephus pitch famous during his time as a big league pitcher, from 1970-83.
“We had some side bets going on whether I could break 80 or not,” LaRoche said. “It was fun. I tried to throw a little LaLob in there, one of my dad’s old pitches. I have a lot more respect for him now, how he could throw it as high as he could and as slow as he could for a strike. I felt I threw that as slow as I could.”
Jose Abreu homered for the second straight night.
Rodon (4-4) gave up eight runs, eight hits and four walks in three innings-plus and has allowed 15 runs over seven innings in his last two home games.
Yankees: LHP CC Sabathia rejoined the Yankees after being discharged from the Medical Center of Arlington, Texas, earlier in the day. The 35-year-old left Thursday’s 7-6 loss to the Rangers one batter into the sixth inning after throwing 80 pitches, and was taken to the facility with symptoms of dehydration. Manager Joe Girardi said there was no timetable for Sabathia’s return to baseball activities. Thursday’s game-time temperature in Arlington was 101 degrees. … The Yankees unconditionally released right-hander Esmil Rogers, allowing him to sign with South Korea’s Hanwha Eagles.
White Sox: 2B Carlos Sanchez got up slowly and after sliding to stop Rodriquez’s infield single up the middle in the second. After being checked by Chicago’s training staff, Sanchez remained in the game. … OF J.B. Shuck, who entered the game in the seventh, left in the eighth with a left hamstring strain. … RHP Nate Jones (right elbow) threw an inning of scoreless relief Thursday during his rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte.
Yankees: RHP Bryan Mitchell (0-0) is to start on Saturday.
White Sox: LHP John Danks (5-8) starts Saturday for Chicago. Danks is 2-3 with a 5.64 ERA in nine starts against New York.
The Yankees top pitching prospect, 21-year-old Luis Severino, will make his major league debut at home next week against the Red Sox, but Girardi didn’t know which contest the three-game set the 21-year-old will start. Severino is 7-0 with a 1.91 ERA at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Before Friday’s game, the White Sox held a moment of silence for Billy Pierce, a seven-time All-Star pitcher who played in two World Series and retired after spending most of his 18 years in the majors with team Pierce died Friday at the age of 88 after after a battle with gall bladder cancer, his family said.
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