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Joe Girardi juggles lineup for Nick Swisher's hot bat

Nick Swisher smiles for a photographers after the

Nick Swisher smiles for a photographers after the Yankees clinched the AL East. (Oct. 3, 2012) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams, Jr.)

Joe Girardi said dropping Mark Teixeira in the lineup Wednesday had more to do with Nick Swisher’s hot bat than Teixeira’s cold one.

“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.”

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 through seven innings Wednesday night, Swisher hasn’t been too bad, either. Entering Wednesday, Swisher was 22-for-56 (.392) with four homers and 14 RBIs in his last 15 games.

Teixeira, meanwhile, in his second game back from a strained left calf, went 0-for-6 Tuesday, stranding nine. Teixeira did hit a two-run homer in his first game back Monday.

“They’ve been OK,” Girardi said of Teixeira’s at-bats. “I haven’t seen him chase a lot of pitches. I think he’s been fairly patient.”

Tags: Joe Girardi , Mark Teixeira , Nick Swisher , Yankees

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