Teixeira on tear since joining Angels
Slugger batting .386 with seven home runs in first 23 games
ANAHEIM -- While Manny Ramirez and "Manny Mania" has swept Dodger Stadium across town, the Angels' new addition before the Trade Deadline has been not so quietly putting up big numbers himself.Mark Teixeira is batting .386 with seven home runs and 20 RBIs with a .485 on-base percentage in 23 games since being traded to the Angels on July 29. But Teixeira, who remains one of the game's hardest-working and humble players, downplayed his success with the team. "I'm just trying to swing at good pitches," Teixeira said. "We have such a great team here, I just want to be a small part of us winning and hopefully it will continue to be that way." Teixeira, who played four and a half seasons in the American League West with the Rangers before being traded to the Braves before last season's Trade Deadline, said it's been an easier adjustment for him. He's already familiar with the parks and pitchers in the league, so it was just getting back to the basics for him. "I think it was easier for me to come back to the American League," Teixeira said. "It was more difficult last year going into the National League with new parks and new situations. But this year, I'm coming back to the AL West where I played before and in a park where I played 10 times a year." But Teixeira had struggled at Angel Stadium in his career, but when he first arrived he chalked it up to facing tough Angels pitchers and not the park itself. Teixeira was batting just .245 in his career at the Big A, but since joining the Angels, he's batting .429 with five homers and 11 RBIs in 11 games in Anaheim. "It's a great place to hit -- the weather, the lights, the background," Teixeira said. "But if I had to hit against Angels pitchers for 81 games here, my stats would be a little bit different." Teixeira has already earned much praise from his new manager, Mike Scioscia, who called Teixeira the "total package." Even his teammates, such as Saturday's starter Jon Garland, have noticed the effect he has had on the team so far. "He makes everybody else better," Garland said. "He puts fear into opposing teams and managers."
Rhett Bollinger is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.