For Mark Teixeira, the record was even more meaningful because of his company at the top.
Teixeira homered from both sides of the plate for a major league-record 12th time Tuesday night, helping Phil Hughes and the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 6-0 in a game shortened to 6 1-2 innings by rain.
Eddie Murray and Chili Davis had shared the record with Teixeira by homering from both sides 11 times in the same game.
“I grew up in Baltimore. Eddie was such a great player. I always messed around as a switch hitter in the backyard,” Teixeira said.
Teixeira’s two-run shot to left batting right-handed against John Danks made it 4-0 in the third and was his 30th homer of the season _ marking the seventh straight season the slugger has reached that mark. He added a solo drive batting left-handed against Jason Frasor in the seventh.
“The first time I did it … I couldn’t believe it. Two home runs, one from each side . it’s not easy,” said Teixeira, who has pulled it off twice this season. “You don’t hit a lot of them, you don’t get a lot of opportunities to drive the ball from both sides of the plate.”
Hughes (2-3), who spent nearly two months on the disabled list this season, allowed three hits against the punchless White Sox, who played their second straight game without leading hitter Paul Konerko, sidelined by a bruised calf. Hughes improved to 2-1 with a sparkling 0.75 ERA in eight career appearances against Chicago.
Hughes’ strong outing and the velocity on his pitches _ he reached 95 mph in the first inning _ could lead to a tough decision for the Yankees. New York is using a six-man rotation this week but probably will need to decide between Hughes and Ivan Nova for the fifth spot at some point. Nova gets the start on Thursday.
Manager Joe Girardi was impressed.
“We don’t have to rush to make a decision,” he said. “Nova’s going to start on Thursday, we’ll push everybody back a little bit, give some guys some extra rest, which we think is important during this time.”
Chicago has lost four straight and fell 5 1-2 games behind Detroit in the AL Central. The game was delayed twice _ by the threat of bad weather for 45 minutes at the start and for 57 minutes just before the bottom of the seventh by a thunderstorm _ before it was called.
“I’m not going to give up. I’m not going to give in,” Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said of his approach with his reeling team. “I’m not a loser.”
New York scored in each of the first two innings. Derek Jeter, who missed the opener of the four-game set with a bruised finger, began the game with a single and scored on Robinson Cano’s two-out double to left-center. Russell Martin hit his 11th homer and first since June 29 in the second.
Danks (4-9), who also spent time on the disabled list with an oblique strain, was 4-0 in his previous six starts and hadn’t lost since May 29. He gave up four runs and nine hits in six innings.
“They fouled off a lot of good pitches and made me throw a lot of pitches,” said Danks, who ended up with 114. “Obviously I made a couple of mistakes they hit pretty hard. … They’re where