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Yankees News Roundup: El Chato, West Coast, Swisher and D-Rob

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It seems like the Yankee offense could use another good hitter right about now. If only there was one in Triple-A ready to be called up...

  • The Yanks haven't been too great at home (17-13), so this West Coast road trip is even more important than normal. And since they've played so many early games in the Bronx, it means a lot will be on the road the rest of the year -

During a soggy, brisk New York spring, they played 30 of their first 48 games at the Stadium, tying them with the Royals for the most home games in the majors so far. But now they play 55% of the rest of their schedule on the road. Over the final two months of the season, they have only 20 home games - nine in August and 11 in September - while playing 34 away.

  • If Nick Swisher doesn't start to hit soon, Chris Dickerson could see more time in rightfield - the clubhouse before [last night's] game, Swisher seemed less than his usual happy-go-lucky self. "I just feel like I'm talking about the same stuff every day, you know?,'' Swisher said. "I'm doing everything I can, man, I'm battling, taking my extra BPs, grinding it out. I don't know what else to do, what else to say. It's cool, but it's like it's always brought back up to me. Hey man, I've got to handle this on my own, and when I get over this, I'll be glad.''

  • Not only is David Robertson a great relief pitcher, but a great person. He started a charity to help those affected by tornadoes in his home town of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
  • Phil Hughes threw 20 pitches off a mound for the first time since starting a shoulder-strengthening program.