Teixeira stays hot as July at the plate

After a slow start, slugger's finally in a groove -- just when the Yanks really need him

Updated: July 24, 2010, 11:39 PM ET
By Ian Begley | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- For the record, Mark Teixeira hit career home runs No. 261 and 262 on Saturday afternoon.

And while the 262 home-run plateau doesn't have the same sex appeal or historical significance as A-Rod's chase for 600, a productive and potent Teixeira is crucial to the New York Yankees' success in the here and now.

With question marks suddenly surrounding four of the five spots in the Bombers' starting rotation, it looks like the offense is going to have to carry the load ...

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