First baseman Mark Teixeira hit two home runs and became the second Yankee this season to hit his 400th home run in New York's 6-3 win over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on Sunday.
Teixeira joined the 400-home run club with a solo home run to right field off Carlos Villanueva to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead, and his second home run of the day made it 6-1 in the ninth inning.
"You don't see it very often; maybe it just tells you (400) was weighing on him a little bit more," manager Joe Girardi said, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand. "I think it's a celebration of 400. I don't think you'll really see it on the next one."
The 36-year-old Teixeira became the fifth switch-hitter to hit 400 home runs, joining Mickey Mantle, Eddie Murray, Chipper Jones and teammate Carlos Beltran, who hit his 400th home run on May 15.
"I feel connected to every one of the switch-hitters," Teixeira said. "Mickey Mantle played for the Yankees. Eddie Murray is the reason that I'm a switch-hitter; I watched him growing up in Baltimore. I got to play with Chipper Jones for a year in Atlanta, which was an unbelievable experience. And now I'm play here with 'Los and we do it in the same year. It's really cool. I'll always be able to take that with me."
Teixeira hadn't homered in 147 at-bats before he went on the disabled list with torn cartilage in his right knee. Over the past seven games, he has hit four home runs and his slugging percentage has risen from .259 to .323.
"My left-handed swing is the best it's felt all season and hopefully I'll keep that going," Teixeira said. "I still have some work to do right-handed, but physically I feel pretty good and hopefully I'll put all the injuries behind me and stay healthy and productive the rest of the season."