Teixeira calls homer No. 250 'semi-milestone'

Teixeira calls homer No. 250 'semi-milestone'

NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira was able to celebrate his 250th home run in style on Sunday, a three-run shot that helped lift the Yankees to a 7-3 win over the Indians, but it also served as a reminder of how far a climb he has ahead.

The 30-year-old slugger broke into the big leagues in 2003 and has hit as many as 43 homers in a season (2005), and tied Tampa Bay's Carlos Pena for the league lead last year with 39 homers in his first year with New York.

Yet the round mark of 500 -- still achieved by only 25 players in history -- is not within striking distance. Teixeira called No. 250 "a semi-milestone."

"I've got a long way to go," Teixeira said. "That just shows how many home runs 500 is. I [feel like] I've been playing for 20 years and I'm halfway there. Hopefully there's a few more to come."

But Teixeira has some good company and a solid head start. On Sunday, he became just the 13th player in history and fourth active player (also Adam Dunn, Todd Helton and Albert Pujols) to hit at least 250 homers within his first eight seasons in the Majors.

Teixeira joined Darryl Strawberry as the only players among the group to play for the Yankees at any point in their careers. The other players who have accomplished the feat are Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, Ralph Kiner, Eddie Mathews, Willie Mays, Frank Robinson, Frank Thomas and Ted Williams.