Teixeira off to Exceptional Start

       Mark Teixeira was tired of his annual April
funk, so he invested about $3,500 in his swing and decided to try
something different.
      The results have been dramatic.
      After buying his own pitching machine and overhauling his winter
workout regimen, the New York Yankees' slugger is off to an
exceptional start this season. Through five games, he already had
more home runs (four) and RBIs (10) than he managed the entire
first month last year.
      The early success has marked a drastic turnaround for Teixeira,
a notoriously slow starter who came into the season batting .235 in
March and April, 51 points below his career average. His .342
on-base percentage was 35 points off and his .411 slugging mark was
down a whopping 125 points, according to STATS LLC.
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