Tex's slow starts could finally be toast

Yankees hope to reap early rewards from their usually slow-starting first baseman

Updated: April 1, 2011, 12:01 AM ET
By Rob Parker | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- His struggles this time of the year are legendary.

If it's April, or in this case the end of March, Mark Teixeira is usually missing in action. Then sometime in May, when the weather warms up, so does his bat.

But his early-season struggles might be a thing of the past if Opening Day 2011 is any indication. In the New York Yankees' 6-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, Teixeira hit a three-run homer.

And it wasn't a cheapie.

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