Tex struggles in a big a spot .... again

October, 4, 2011
10/04/11
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Where have you seen this before?

With the Yankees down a run in the eighth, Alex Rodriguez drew a two-out walk from Justin Verlander. Mark Teixeira came up with a chance to get a meaningful hit in a big spot.

What did he do? Popped up.

Teixeira is now hitting .201 in his career in the 114 playoff at-bats. Since being a Yankee he has struggled in the post-season. The only big hit that comes to mind is the ALDS game-winning he had against the Twins in 2009.

Teixeira knows that he will get another chance in Game 4.

"If we don't win tomorrow, we go home," Teixeira said.

That is true and the 2009 World Series ring pass might expire for Teixeira and his post-season struggles.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .285
HRM. Teixeira 20
RBIJ. Ellsbury 61
RB. Gardner 78
OPSB. Gardner .779
ERAH. Kuroda 3.94
SOM. Tanaka 135