NEW YORK -- Nick Swisher learned an important lesson about Yankee Stadium on Sunday. When you fight the outfield wall, the ballpark almost always wins.
Swisher collided with the fence twice in pursuit of fly balls in the Yankees' 7-3 victory over the Indians, crashing into the auxiliary scoreboard to take a hit away from Jhonny Peralta in the fourth inning and banging his right shoulder as he chased Jason Donald's triple in the seventh inning.
"I'm telling you, man, that thing is tough," Swisher said. "The first one, with Peralta ... I met the fiberglass today and we said, 'Hi.' And then the [Donald] ball, I tried to make the play and couldn't do it. There's a little dent in the arm, but no big deal."
Swisher banged his head against the wall on the Donald play, falling to the warning track as Curtis Granderson backed the play up. Concerned Yankees manager Joe Girardi came out of the dugout, but returned when he saw Swisher up and walking around in right field.
Swisher singled in his next two plate appearances, scoring runs both times. After the Yankees moved to the new facility in 2009, outfielders commented that the wall seemed a little less forgiving than its predecessor across the street, and Swisher can surely attest to that.
"He said his shoulder is a little sore, and he also knocked the wind out of himself," Girardi said. "He swung the bat fine after that, but I'm curious to see how he's going to feel [Monday]. Sometimes those things are a little sore the next day."
Then, of course, there was the matter of Swisher's awareness in the fourth inning. After making the catch to end the inning, Swisher fired the ball to the cutoff man, then chuckled as he made the long jog back to the dugout with teammates waving two fingers at him -- as in, there were two outs already.
"I'm not going to admit that I didn't know there were three outs," Swisher said, laughing. "I told Robbie [Cano], 'I just wanted to make sure you could have the ball as soon as you could so you could hand it to one of the kids in the stands.'"