Three absolutes: Death, taxes . . .

May, 4, 2012
5/04/12
9:09
PM ET
. . . and Mark Teixeira will spank Bruce Chen. Tex hit a two-run homer in the first inning off the Royals starter tonight, raising his career average to .500 (10-for-20) and giving him seven home runs against the 34-year-old lefty. CC Sabathia promptly gave back the two runs in the bottom of the inning on a pair of RBI doubles, but Teixeira came back to single in the fourth to raise his BA vs. Chen to .524. Game tied at 2 in the bottom of the fourth.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jacoby Ellsbury
BA HR RBI R
.283 6 41 44
OTHER LEADERS
HRM. Teixeira 17
RBIM. Teixeira 47
RB. Gardner 54
OPSM. Teixeira .794
WM. Tanaka 12
ERAM. Tanaka 2.51
SOM. Tanaka 135