NEW YORK -- Three days into May, April seems a long time ago for Mark Teixeira.
With six hits in his first nine at-bats of the month entering play on Monday, Teixeira is distancing himself from an April he would prefer to forget. The Yankees' first baseman had experienced enough bad Aprils before to earn a reputation for getting out of the blocks slowly. But he had never had an April that even approached his opening month in 2010, when he batted a meager .136 -- 52 points worse than his previous April low.
"I like that start to May," Teixeira said. "I hit the ball hard, and good things happened."
Teixeira backed up a two-hit game on Saturday with four more on Sunday, lacing singles to each sector of the outfield and doubling down the left-field line. The four hits tied his career high.
Teixeira's four-hit game came as the designated hitter -- a role he has thrived in on his rare defensive off-days. In 33 career games at DH, Teixiera has a .366 average with nine home runs and 34 RBIs.
"It might be a coincidence, but at the same time, when you're DHing, you can just concentrate on hitting," Teixeira said. "You can watch more video. You can watch the pitcher on TV a little more and see how he's working different guys. I love DHing once or twice a month to get off my feet, rest a little bit. I don't like taking days off, so DHing for me is nice."
May has traditionally been a strong month for Teixeira, who has batted .300 with 39 home runs and 145 RBIs in 182 career games in the month.