CHICAGO -- By nature, and because of the difficulty of the task at hand, Major League hitters tend to be streaky. Especially the power hitters, and especially those power hitters that hit from both sides of the plate.
Right now, Mark Teixeira is streaking positively.
Teixeira set a Major League record by hitting a home run from each side of the plate in the same game for the 12th time in his career on Tuesday. With that, the Yankees' first baseman entered play on Wednesday with 10 hits in his last four games, and six homers to go along with 15 RBIs in 12 contests since July 22.
Just prior to that, Teixeira went on a 17-game homerless drought that saw him hit just .224.
"I think it just goes back to me getting ready early," Teixeira said about turning it around. "I had a bad stretch there, and [hitting coach] Kevin Long just said, 'Hey, you're late.' Just getting down early, getting ready and trying to put good swings on the ball."
The .256 batting average Teixeira entered Wednesday's game with isn't what he wants, and it probably won't end up where he wants it no matter how hot he remains for the rest of the season.
Still, Teixeira, who went 1-for-5 with three RBIs in Wednesday's 18-7 rout, ranks second in the Majors in homers with 31 and has added a team-leading 85 RBIs.
Joe Girardi will take that any day.
"This guy's put up big numbers for a long time," the Yankees' skipper said. "I mean, that's what he does. You look at his RBIs and his homers, they're very good. Yeah, you hope he can carry it out the next eight weeks. That would be awesome. You know, the chances of a guy staying hot for eight weeks, I guess sometimes you're going to go through some blips, but this guy's a good hitter; he's capable of doing it."