It started, Alex Rodriguez said, with CC Sabathia Sunday in Seattle.
“That was a big game for us to start turning things around," A-Rod said after Wednesday's 4-2 victory that gave the Yankees a sweep of the A's and their fourth straight victory overall after dropping the first two games of this trip. We’ve gotten good pitching, we’ve gotten some timely hitting and contributions from everyone.”
But, everyone in the clubhouse acknowledges, it's been mostly about the rotation. Sabathia's outing Sunday led into Bartolo Colon's Monday and then Freddy Garcia's Tuesday and then A.J. Burnett's Wednesday afternoon.
"Huge," said Nick Swisher, whose three-run homer in the fourth made it 4-2. "It's kind of starting to be that kind of competition with each other again. Somebody does great the night before, all of a sudden A.J. says, man, I better pick up my part. They're kind of battling back and forth and it's fun to see because you really see that competitive edge come out in these guys for sure."
“We have five guys here that can go out and give our team a chance to win and we’ve done that,” Burnett said. “You definitely feed off one another 100 percent…you don’t want to be the guy that makes the winning come to an end."