Lately, Nick has knack for homers

Nick Swisher

Nick Swisher

#33 RF
New York Yankees

2011 STATS

  • GM126
  • HR21

  • RBI77

  • R70

  • OBP.383

  • AVG.267

Nick Swisher's two-run shot in the fourth was his sixth homer in seven games and sixth homer in his last eight hits.

Swisher credited extra work in recent days with hitting coach Kevin Long.

"Once you get in that groove you really want to try and keep it," Swisher said. "That's all I'm really trying to do right now."

Swisher's hot streak comes at an opportune time for the Yankees, who are without Alex Rodriguez (sprained left thumb) and Derek Jeter (bruised right knee cap).

MARK OF CONSISTENCY: Mark Teixeira drilled in a double in the first to knock in Curtis Granderson. It was his 100th RBI of the season.

Teixeira is the only major-league player to record 30 HR and 100 RBI in each of the last eight seasons.

"He's just a model of consistency," Joe Girardi said. "When the season starts, you know you're going to get 30 and 100 from Tex."

ROBERTSON STREAK SNAPPED: J.J. Hardy's eighth inning homer off of David Robertson snapped the relievers' 68 2/3 inning homerless streak. It was the first he'd given up this season. It was also the first run Robertson allowed on the road in 28 innings. Freddy Garcia also hadn't given up a homer in 68 2/3 innings before allowing a fifth inning blast to Mark Reynolds .... Granderson tied a career high by scoring his 122nd run on Monday (he also reached the mark in 2007). Granderson leads the league in runs scored. The next-highest total is 96.