Teixeira homers as Yankees sweep Rangers

NEW YORK (AP) - Mark Teixeira hit his first home run of the season and Ramiro Pena delivered a key single while filling in for an ailing Derek Jeter, leading Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees over the Texas Rangers 5-2 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

Pettitte (2-0) pitched four-hit ball for eight innings. The World Series champions won their fourth in a row, taking advantage of a wild Rich Harden (0-1) to hand Texas its fourth straight loss.

A notoriously slow starter, Teixeira hit a most-overdue homer. He shared the AL lead last year at 39 with Tampa Bay's Carlos Pena. Teixeira led off the third with a high-arching drive into the second deck in right field. He was hitting only .100 (4 for 40) this season when he connected.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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