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New York Yankees notes: Nick Swisher, Phil Hughes and more

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Here are a few stories around the Yankee Universe for you to ponder while waiting to see if there will be baseball tonight at Yankee Stadium.

For my part, I sure hope so. I want the Yankees to finish off the Angels tonight, so I don't have to flip between the Yankees-Angels and the NFL game between my Giants and the Arizona Cardinals Sunday night.

What to do about Nick Swisher?

So, what should the Yankees do about the slumping Nick Swisher? If he could have gotten a 9th-inning hit Thursday the Yankees would likely already be in the World Series. Swisher is now just 3-for-29 (.103) in the post-season.

Steve Politi says Swisher has to sit.

How many more at-bats can manager Joe Girardi possibly give this guy to turn it around?

Girardi has shown faith in his right fielder, rewarding his 29-home run, 82-RBI regular season. He has been a popular figure in the loosey-goosey clubhouse, one of the reasons the Yankees went from button-down to pie-in-the-face during this 103-win season.

"Guys are going to struggle during the course of the season and you just don’t give up on a guy if he is struggling because the flip side of that is they are due to get hot," Girardi said before Game 5. "We feel good about Swish."

But everything has his limits, and now the manager should play somebody else — anybody else — to try a different look. Put in Brett Gardner. He might not be an upgrade, but could he possibly be worse?

Because it is just not happening for Swisher.

Girardi has indicated he might just do that. Or, he might change the batting order. Or, he might do nothing.

"We'll sleep on it, and we'll make a decision what we're going to do," Girardi said Friday. "But Swisher is a good player and Swisher has done a lot of good things for us this year. And you look at the matchup against [Angels Game 6 starter Joe] Saunders -- he's had some hits off of Saunders.

"It's not just one guy necessarily that you think about," Girardi said. "You think about where you might put the parts. Do you flip-flop guys? I don't ever really rush into decisions, because the one thing about the playoffs is you usually have a lot of time to think about it."

My take: I don't necessarily agree with it, but I think you are going to see Swisher in the lineup against Angels' left-hander Joe Saunders. If Swisher sits, my guess is it will be Jerry Hairston in the lineup rather than Brett Gardner, simply because he hits right-handed.

Are you worried about the bridge to Mo?

Phil Hughes (nine hits in 4 2/3 innings, and a 5.79 ERA) and Joba Chamberlain (seven hits in 2 2/3 innings)have not been the lights out bridge to Mariano Rivera the Yanks hoped for this post-season.

Pitching coach Dave Eiland said the Yankees will go with what got them to this point.

"You trust it, and you go with what got you here," Eiland said. "Don't change now. We've won, what, 109 games including the postseason? We are not going to change anything."

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