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Joe Girardi happy with playing Nick Swisher at first base

Nick Swisher connects on an RBI single during

Nick Swisher connects on an RBI single during the second inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 1, 2012) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Joe Girardi is more than comfortable with Nick Swisher, who has been swinging a hot bat, filling in for Teixeira at first base.

“When we acquired him [before the 2009 season], we acquired him before Tex,” Girardi said. “We were thinking about putting him at first. When we got Tex, that was a no-brainer to put him at first, but [Swisher] does a really good job.”

Swisher had three hits and is hitting .380 (19-for-50) in his last 12 games.

“Regardless of whatever my situation is next year, I want to enjoy this time I have now,” said Swisher, a free agent after the year whose price could have the Yankees looking elsewhere. “I just want to soak it up and see what happens.”

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