Mark Teixeira hit his 361st career home run on Sunday at Tropicana Field in Tampa. The homer ties Teixeira with Yankees Legend Joe DiMaggio for 80th on the All-Time home run list.
Teixeira hit a solo-shot off of Tampa pitcher Joel Peralta in the eighth inning of Sunday's 4-2 win over the Rays. Teixeira crushed Peralta's pitch to right center and broke a tie with Gary Gaetti at 360 home runs. Teixeira passed the former Twins great, as he matched DiMaggio on Sunday.
The home run gave Teixeira 20 for the 2014 season and put him in another select group of baseball greats. The home run made Teixeira only the 14th player in Major League Baseball history to hit at least 20 home runs in 11 of their first 12 seasons.
Teixeira was glad that the home run helped his team secure a win as they continue to fight for a playoff spot. "It's always important," Teixeira said. "Anytime you get men on base and have a chance to score runs when your team's not scoring runs, you've got to try and take advantage of it. And we did."
Teixeira becomes the first 20 home run hitter for the Yankees this season. In a season where the New York offense has struggled, they have been looking for answers all year. The fact that Teixeira has 20 home runs this season, is quite impressive, considering Teixeira's injuries this year. Teixeira was coming back from off-season wrist surgery to begin the 2014 season and he has struggled to stay on the field and off the DL, with various injuries this year.
This is the latest the Yankees have produced a 20 home run hitter in 20 seasons. Paul O'Neill accomplished the feat on September 12th 1995. Matt Nokes hit his 20th on September 6, 1992 for the latest Yankee to achieve 20 homers, in a non-strike year.
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