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Swisher closer to returning to action

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--RF Nick Swisher tested his strained left hamstring by running in the outfield and taking full batting practice Friday, reporting no problems. Swisher will run the bases Saturday, and if all goes well, he could return to the lineup Sunday or Tuesday.

--1B Mark Teixeira continued to punish Kansas City's Bruce Chen, going 2-for-3 with a two-run home run against the southpaw Friday night. Teixeira is now 11-for-22 (.500) with seven home runs against Chen. "It's really all about that I see him well," Teixeira said. "It doesn't matter if they throw it right down the middle. You don't see it well, your timing's off and they just own you. That's a lot of what baseball is all about is just timing and seeing the ball."

--OF Dewayne Wise had his contract purchased by the Yankees, who added him to the 40-man roster and recalled him from Class AAA before Friday's game. Wise, who was hitting .333 (25-for-75) with four home runs and 10 RBI in the minors, doubled in his lone at-bat Friday as a pinch hitter. He filled the roster vacancy created when RHP Mariano Rivera (knee) was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

--LHP CC Sabathia improved to 4-0 with eight innings of two-run ball against the Royals, allowing seven hits and no walks. Sabathia struck out five, beating the Royals for the 18th time in his career, the most wins against Kansas City of any American League pitcher.

--SS Derek Jeter went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run Friday, giving him a big-league-best 46 hits. Jeter leads the American League with a .404 average, fractionally behind Dodgers CF Matt Kemp, who is also hitting .404. Jeter has 15 multi-hit games already this season.

--RHP Michael Pineda was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL, clearing a spot on the Yankees' 40-man roster for OF Dewayne Wise. Pineda underwent season-ending right shoulder surgery May 1.

--RHP D.J. Mitchell was optioned to Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and the Yankees called up RHP Cody Eppley, the reverse of a move the team made April 29. In two appearances for the Yankees, Mitchell allowed one run in 2 2/3 innings. Eppley had a 1.69 ERA in four appearances for New York before his demotion. He pitched two scoreless innings in Class AAA on Wednesday.

BY THE NUMBERS
25 -- CF Curtis Granderson singled in the seventh inning Friday, extending his streak to 25 consecutive games in which he's reached base safely -- the longest such streak in the AL.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"I'm coming back. Write it down in big letters. I'm not going out like this. This has me thinking, I can't go down like this. If the good Lord gives me the opportunity to come back and do it again, that's what I want to do." -- RHP Mariano Rivera, saying he would return for the 2013 season after tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament Thursday night.

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