To different extents and in different ways, CC Sabathia, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira have been better the past few weeks than they were earlier this month.
• Sabathia has won five straight starts, and he’s worked through the seventh inning in each one of them. Before this streak, the Yankees had lost four straight Sabathia starts, and he hadn’t won since May 3. “CC is CC,” Mariano Rivera said. “I expect that from CC. It’s not like when I see that I’m like, wow, he did good. I expect that. I get concerned when he doesn’t do it because I know he is capable to do that.”
• Rodriguez has homered in two of the past three games, raising his season total to 10. He’s still not on pace for a huge home run total, but earlier this week Rodriguez was on pace for roughly 18. Now he’s on pace for more than 22. “It goes back to the Mets,” he said. “I had a couple of good swings in that series that I felt good about. I’ve been doing a lot of work with Kevin Long every day, and little by little I’m getting a little better.”
• Teixeira has a seven-game hitting streak. In the 16 games since that ugly series in Toronto earlier this month — when he struck out five times in one game and set off numerous calls for him to be dropped in the order — Teixeira has hit .305 with four home runs, three doubles and 11 RBI. That’s more or less in line with his career numbers, a little better even.