Teixeira all business about heroics
He and Damon rock new Yankee Stadium as Yankees sweep momentum-shifting series
NEW YORK -- As the ball traveled high and far into the night, Mark Teixeira gripped his bat, holding on until he was sure his shot was fair and gone into right field. The Yankees' first baseman then pumped his fist and lifted his hands above his head. The noise in the new stadium was booming, and Teixeira, the Yankees' $180 million man, had just stuck it to the archrival."Pandemonium," said Johnny Damon, who had homered two pitches earlier to tie the game at 2 -- the sixth time he and Teixeira have gone back-to-back this year, a new team record. As for Teixeira? He rounded the bases after his go-ahead home run in the eighth inning, fell into a swarming mass of celebrating teammates in the dugout, then took his curtain call -- the third of the night for the Yankees. The team had just watched Victor Martinez give Boston a 2-1 lead in the eighth on a two-run shot. First it was Damon, then it was Teixeira. The new stadium was possibly as loud as it's ever been, and it reminded Teixeira of games as an opponent in the old stadium, when the elation of a walk-off hit or big home run would shake the old structure to its core.