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Ex-Sox factor: Swisher shines

CHICAGO -- The New York Yankees’ Nick Swisher takes the lead as top performer in our sporadic look at how former White Sox players are doing this postseason.

Swisher had two hits, including a home run, in the Yankees’ ALDS clincher on Saturday. He batted .333 (4 for 12) in the series with two doubles, a home run and three runs scored. The Yankees are awaiting their ALCS opponent.

Also through to the next round are the Phillies with Jose Contreras. The right-hander has pitched just one scoreless inning in relief, but showed nasty movement on his pitches during that inning.

Aaron Rowand, who was somewhat of a surprise addition to the Giants’ postseason, has a hit in his only at-bat, while teammate Juan Uribe has just one hit in 11 at-bats.

The Twins’ Jon Rauch (1 2/3 scoreless innings), Matt Guerrier (1 2/3 scoreless innings) and Jim Thome (1 for 10) were eliminated. Also eliminated are the Reds’ Orlando Cabrera (1 for 8) and Nick Masset (one run, two hits over two innings).