"Swish is just swinging really well," Girardi said. "And it keeps some space between our lefthanders [Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson] with the two switch-hitters [Swisher and Teixeira] between them. But I love the way Swish is swinging the bat."
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Girardi had Cano batting cleanup Wednesday, followed by Swisher fifth and Teixeira sixth.
While he's been overshadowed a bit by Cano's scorching stretch (24 for his last 39), Swisher hasn't been too bad, either. Entering Wednesday, Swisher was 24-for-59 (.407) with four homers and 15 RBIs in his last 16 games.
Teixeira, meanwhile, in his second game back from a strained left calf, went 0-for-6 Tuesday and 0-for-3 Wednesday night, stranding a total of 14. Teixeira did hit a two-run homer in his first game back Monday.
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"He's the greatest closer in the world," said Soriano, who went 42-for-46 in saves with a 2.26 ERA. "If I can do the same thing as last year, I'd do it."
Raul Ibañez, the hero of Tuesday night's come-from-behind victory, had to bolt early on from the champagne celebration in the clubhouse. His wife, Teryvette, went into labor with the couple's fifth child.
With David Lennon