Mark Teixeira was hit on the right shoulder by Vicente Padilla in the second inning. Then he was hit on the buttocks in the fourth.

Convinced he was being thrown at, Teixeira followed with a slide at second that sent shortstop Elvis Andrus flying and sparked the Yankees in a seven-run fourth inning. New York coasted past the Texas Rangers, 12-3, last night to take over best record in the American League at 31-21.

When Teixeira faced Padilla (3-3) for the first time on June 9, 2005, he homered in the first and third innings during Texas' 10-8 loss to the Phillies, then was hit by a pitch in the fifth.

"Every time I've faced him since, there seem to be balls near my head, near my body, and today I got hit twice," Teixeira said. "Not the right way to play the game. Unfortunately, you know, that guy has been doing it his whole career."

Padilla denied he intentionally hit Teixeira.

"I think that is unfair," Padilla responded through a translator. "I have runners on first and third. Why would I do that? The answer is that it's stupid if he thinks it was an intentional pitch."

Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada hit three-run homers for the Yankees, and Derek Jeter became the fourth active player with 1,500 runs - and just the fourth in Yankees history.

New York's record-setting errorless streak ended at 18 games when Posada threw the ball into centerfield on Andrus' fourth-inning steal of second base.

In other games:

* At Toronto, Roy Halladay (9-1) struck out a career-high 14 to win his major league-leading ninth game, Alex Rios backed him with a home run and the Blue Jays beat the Los Angeles Angels, 6-4.

* At St. Petersburg, Fla., Matt Joyce hit a tiebreaking two-run double and added a two-run homer, and Andy Sonnanstine (4-5) allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings to lead the Tampa Bay Rays past the Kansas City Royals, 6-2.

* At Detroit, Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-3) pitched five strong innings to win for the first time this season and manager Terry Francona earned his 500th victory as the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers, 5-1.

* At Chicago, Vin Mazzaro pitched into the seventh inning to win his major league debut and Matt Holliday hit a three-run double to lead the Oakland Athletics to a 5-0 victory over the White Sox.

* At Minneapolis, Joe Mauer homered and had three RBI to help Kevin Slowey (8-1) win his fourth straight and lead the Minnesota Twins over the Cleveland Indians, 4-3.

Noteworthy

* Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is headed to the disabled list with a strained groin. He could be sidelined from from 2 weeks to 2 months, depending on the severity of the injury.

* What remains of historic Tiger Stadium will be demolished after the city rejected a $33.4 million proposal by a nonprofit group to preserve and renovate the old ballpark.

Demolition of the stadium, which opened in 1912 as Navin Field, began at the end of June 2008, and much of the structure was torn down by fall. The Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy wants to raise funds to preserve and develop the remaining wedge of ballpark in the city's Corktown neighborhood.

* Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria leads all AL players in fan voting for All-Star spots, more than doubling the total of perennial starter Alex Rodriguez.

Longoria received 1,036,071 votes. New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter drew the second-most, followed by Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler and Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer. *