Swisher sporting new hairdo, spot in lineup
NEW YORK -- Nick Swisher walked into the Yankees' clubhouse Saturday with a new hairstyle. The right fielder also had a new spot in the lineup -- eighth.
Swisher, who is hitting .221 with a .338 on-base percentage this season, moved as part of a Yankees lineup shift for Saturday night's game against the Red Sox. Russell Martin batted sixth and Brett Gardner hit seventh. Andruw Jones was a late insertion for Jorge Posada in the No. 9 hole.
The Yankees made the changes to try to jump-start an offense that, although it has struggled recently, still ranks second in the Major Leagues with 5.14 runs per game. Only the Cardinals score more.
"Maybe that's the thing that needs to be done," Swisher said. "I feel like in the past week I have put some good at-bats together. I haven't come up clutch in sometimes, but I'm just trying to work on that. But I feel like I'm on the up-and-up. But this is a total team effort, so if anything can be done to help this team out, I'm all for it."