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Swisher rewarding Yanks for bump to No. 2 spot

Swisher rewarding Yanks for bump to No. 2 spot

Swisher rewarding Yanks for bump to No. 2 spot
CLEVELAND -- Everything seems to be clicking right now at the plate for Nick Swisher, as a jump to the No. 2 spot in the Yankees' lineup has paid dividends.

Swisher entered play on Saturday having batted .358 (24-for-67) with 16 runs, five doubles, five homers and 17 RBIs over his last 17 games since Aug. 7, heating up just as the Yankees prepare for a playoff push.

"I feel like I'm just trying to go up there and have quality at-bats," Swisher said. "You feel like you're really into the game in that spot. [Derek Jeter] has been getting on base a lot lately. ... You're just trying to move him over or drive him in, one of the two, and I've been feeling pretty good, so I'm just trying to go out there and just do my thing."

Five of Swisher's last seven home runs, and six of his last 10, have given the Yankees a lead. The Ohio State product owns a 14-game hitting streak at Progressive Field dating back to Sept. 2, 2008.

"He's been really good [hitting second]," manager Joe Girardi said. "Swish is a really good hitter, and he's had a really strong month for us."

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