ARLINGTON -- Nick Swisher has said that he was going to have a lot more fun this season after a 2011 campaign that was "super stressful," in his words, but he probably wouldn't have predicted this.
Swisher entered play on Wednesday leading the American League with 21 RBIs and was tied for fifth in the circuit with 10 extra-base hits, having reached base safely in 15 of 17 games this year.
"I'm just trying to go out there and put a good swing on it," Swisher said. "Whether I'm successful or not, that's not my process. My process is everything leading up to that point.
"I'm trying to do everything to get my mental checks ready, try to go out and put a quality at-bat together. Whether I get a hit or I don't, that's not what really drives me right now. It's the process of getting myself ready to go up to the plate every single time."
Swisher did not record his 10th extra-base hit last year until May 29, and his 21st RBI did not come until June 1.
Challenge awaits as Garcia tries to rebound
ARLINGTON -- Freddy Garcia will be challenged to contend with the dangerous duo of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder on Saturday against the Tigers, but the veteran right-hander was going to pitch at some point this weekend no matter what.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that it didn't take much thought to list Garcia as the club's probable starter for Saturday, even though CC Sabathia -- who will start Sunday -- could have made the start on a regular four days' rest.
"CC was really good on that extra day [Monday] and I talked to him," Girardi said. "This way, you don't give Freddy too much time. Sometimes you don't want to give a guy too much time.
"I think you could do it either way, but then you're looking at throwing CC four or five times on normal rest. After this he's going to be on normal rest, because we don't have an off-day for a while."
Garcia was smoked by the Red Sox for five runs and seven hits on Saturday at Fenway Park, recording just five outs. He was let off the hook with a no-decision when the Yankees scored 15 unanswered runs after the fifth inning, trouncing Boston, 15-9.
Derek Jeter entered play on Wednesday with a 14-game hitting streak, his longest since a 14-game streak from Sept. 10-25, 2010. Jeter's Major League-leading 32 hits were the most ever by a Yankee through the club's first 17 games.
The Yankees' bullpen entered play on Wednesday with an American League-best 2.05 ERA, trailing only the Padres' 2.01 bullpen mark among all Major League clubs. New York relievers have held opponents scoreless in six of the club's last seven games.
On this date in 1967, Whitey Ford recorded his 236th and final career win in an 11-2 victory over the White Sox at Yankee Stadium. On this date in 1999, a monument in honor of the late Joe DiMaggio is unveiled in Yankee Stadium's Monument Park.