Teixeira slide sparks Yanks in 12-3 win over Texas

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Yankees coasted past the Texas Rangers 12-3 to take over the best record in the American League at 31-21.

Mark Teixeira was hit on the right shoulder by Vicente Padilla in the second inning. Then he was hit on the buttocks in the fourth.

He was convinced he was being thrown at and Teixeira followed with a slide at second that sent shortstop Elvis Andrus flying and sparked the Yankees in a seven-run fourth inning.

Derek Jeter became the fourth active player with 1,500 runs - and just the fourth in Yankees history - when Teixeira sent rookie shortstop Elvis Andrus tumbling on Alex Rodriguez's fourth-inning grounder.

A-Rod beat out the relay to avoid an inning-ending double play as Jeter scored for a 4-3 lead, keeping alive what would turn into a seven-run inning.

-- Also --

-- There has been at least one homer in all 24 games at the Yankee Stadium, two more than San Juan's Hiram Bithorn Stadium for the longest streak at the start of a big league ballpark. The 90 homers are one shy of the record for most in the first 24 games at a major league park, set at Houston's Enron Field in 2000, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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