NEW YORK -- While producing one of his best all-around performances of the season in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Yankees, Jason Heyward drew more respect from Mark Teixeira.
"That might have been the hardest ball I've had hit at me," Teixeira said of Heyward's line drive that struck his left heel and then flew toward the second-base bag with two outs in the sixth inning.
The resulting single gave the Braves a lead they would not squander -- and left Teixeira on the bench Wednesday to rest the resulting sore left heel. It also gave Heyward's fifth multihit game of the month, matching the total he combined to record in April and May. He added to that total with two home runs in Wednesday's win over the Yankees.
"It's just good to have a routine and a rhythm so I can go up there and just trust myself and trust my approach at the plate," Heyward said. "All I can do is go up there and try to put up a good at-bat."
Heyward has batted .360 with a .396 on-base percentage and .740 slugging percentage in his past 14 games.
"He's hanging in there against lefties and hitting the ball the other way in the gaps," Braves third baseman Chipper Jones said. "We all know what kind of talent he has. He's a five-tool talent if healthy."