Three weeks ago, the New York Yankees were at the bottom of the AL East following their worst stretch of the season.
The club now has a chance to move back to the top of the standings.
The Yankees go for a fourth consecutive victory Monday night while the host Atlanta Braves try to start a new surge after their longest winning streak of the season was snapped.
Since dropping six of seven May 15-21 and being tied with Boston at a division-worst 21-21, the Yankees (34-25) have won 13 of 17 to move within one-half game of East-leading Tampa Bay.
With the Rays idle Monday, New York needs only a victory to own a piece of the top spot for the first time since it was 10-7 on April 24.
The Yankees, who've won 17 of their last 23 in interleague play following a three-game sweep of the Mets over the weekend, begin a six-game trip with Ivan Nova (7-2, 5.09 ERA) on the hill.
The right-hander, who can tie for the AL lead in victories by winning a fourth consecutive start, will try to conti...