Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees celebrates his home run with Mark Teixeira #25 against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park last Friday. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Mark Teixeira on Alex Rodriguez: 'Playing well cures all things'

Mike Petraglia
July 14, 2015 - 1:34 pm

CINCINNATI -- The Yankees are in first place in the AL East and Mark Teieira says embattled teammate Alex Rodriguez is one of the biggest reasons why. Teieira is one of three Yankees at the All-Star Game and he said before Tuesday's 86th Midsummer Classic that A-Rod has been exactly what the Yankees needed in the middle of their order. Rodriguez is batting .278 with 18 homers and 51 RBIs. Only Teixeira has more homers (22) and RBIs (62) on the team, which is leading the Rays by 3.5 games at the break. "He's been huge," Teixeira said. "Without Alex, we're not in first place. There's no doubt. What he's done in the middle of our lineup kind of solidified the DH spot for us. We really appreciate what he's doing for our team." The Red Sox can certainly attest to that. He belted first-inning homers Friday and Saturday nights, with Friday's coming in a 5-1 win. Rodriguez had an RBI double and scored Sunday in an 8-6 New York win that put the last place Red Sox 6.5 games back. Rodriguez is certainly among those under consideration for Comeback Player of the Year at the halfway point of a season that comes on the heels of his one-year suspension for his Biogenesis PED transgressions. "Playing well cures all things," Teixeira said of Rodriguez. "If he were struggling right now, you can imagine the hoopla surrounding him. It would've been a mess. But when you play well, that means that your team is playing well and your teammates are appreciating what you're doing. It's worked out for him. "He's a great teammate. He's always been a great teammate. I said that in spring training. We've never had a problem with Alex as a teammate. He's proven to everybody he hasn't changed as a teammate or as a baseball player. When he's healthy, he's as good as it gets out there."