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Swisher maintains his focus during lengthy slump

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Swisher maintains his focus during lengthy slump · Roster Report · Notes, Quotes

Nick Swisher has struggled mightily from the left side of the plate this season, so when he launched a ball to straightaway center field, he knew he had hit one out of the ballpark.

Unfortunately for Swisher, Franklin Gutierrez brought it back in.

Gutierrez's highlight-reel catch robbed Swisher of a solo home run, the latest example of the bad luck that has haunted the Yankees' right fielder for several weeks.

"He looked like Michael Jordan on that play," Swisher said. "I hit that ball really well. What are you going to do? When it happened, I forgot about it. I just have to turn it around."

Swisher, who walked in his first at-bat and singled in his next at-bat after the deep fly out, is hitting .206 this season, having gone 14-for-79 (.177) over his last 23 games.

"It's been a test for the past four weeks. Either way, I've got to put it behind me and move on," Swisher said. "If I keep grinding, keep doing the things I know I can, I'm not worried about a thing."

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