Mental approach yields fast start for Swisher

Mental approach yields fast start for Swisher

ARLINGTON -- Nick Swisher has said that he was going to have a lot more fun this season after a 2011 campaign that was "super stressful," in his words, but he probably wouldn't have predicted this.

Swisher entered play on Wednesday leading the American League with 21 RBIs and was tied for fifth in the circuit with 10 extra-base hits, having reached base safely in 15 of 17 games this year.

"I'm just trying to go out there and put a good swing on it," Swisher said. "Whether I'm successful or not, that's not my process. My process is everything leading up to that point.

"I'm trying to do everything to get my mental checks ready, try to go out and put a quality at-bat together. Whether I get a hit or I don't, that's not what really drives me right now. It's the process of getting myself ready to go up to the plate every single time."

Swisher did not record his 10th extra-base hit last year until May 29, and his 21st RBI did not come until June 1.