Uggla's hitting streak (that began with a walk): Four weeks ago, Dan Uggla was hitting like Adam Dunn. Almost exactly like Dunn. He was hitting .173. Dunn was hitting .171.

Dunn is still hitting like Dunn. Uggla is hitting like Joe DiMaggio.

He's only halfway to 56 ("You can't even fathom that," Uggla said), but Uggla's 28-game hitting streak already feels just as improbable.

For one thing, it began with a walk.

Uggla and Braves hitting coach Larry Parrish both say Uggla's season turned around with his July 4 walk against Rockies left-hander Rex Brothers. Uggla hit two long foul balls, and came back from an 0-2 count.

"[Parrish] talked to me about it that day, and he said that at-bat was amazing," Uggla said.

Uggla went hitless in the walk game, but the next day, he went 2 for 2. And he's had at least one hit in every game since. He has the second longest streak in the majors this year (Andre Ethier had a 30-gamer), and the third longest streak in Atlanta history (Rico Carty has the record, at 31).

He's hitting .355 during the streak, and he's now among the National League leaders in home runs.

And Adam Dunn?

He's hitting .163. His longest hitting streak this year was five games.

2. CC and the Sox: Last week, we were asking why the Yankees couldn't trade for a real No. 2 starter. This week, we're asking why their No. 1 starter, CC Sabathia, can't beat the Red Sox. Sabathia gave up seven runs in a 10-4 loss Saturday, and he's 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA in four starts against Boston this season. The last Yankee to lose to the Red Sox four times in one year? Pat Dobson, in 1975.