Mark Teixeira hit his first home run of the season and Ramiro Pena delivered a key single while filling in for an ailing Derek Jeter, leading Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees over the Texas Rangers 5-2 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
A notoriously slow starter, Teixeira hit a most-overdue homer.
He shared the AL lead last year at 39 with Tampa Bay’s Carlos Pena. Teixeira led off the third with a high-arching drive into the second deck in right field. He was hitting only .100 (4 for 40) this season when he connected.