New York Yankees Notes, Quotes 2009-09-07

--OF/1B Nick Swisher continued his uncanny trend of bucking the season-long one going on at Yankee Stadium. Swisher smacked his 24th home run of the year in Sunday's 14-8 loss to Toronto -- and 21st on the road. Swisher has joked that he is trying to prove the Yankees' new homer-happy ballpark in the Bronx isn't as easy to hit home runs at despite the majority of statistics that say otherwise.

--RHP Sergio Mitre had a chance to take advantage of his building momentum in his last couple of starts and RHP Joba Chamberlain's recent struggles to at least cause a bit of a debate for the postseason, but instead showed the notion to be silly after an awful performance Sunday. Mitre wasn't helped by a bumbling Yankees defense that committed a season-high four errors in the team's 14-8 loss to Toronto, but he certainly didn't look as sharp as he had in his previous two outings. He allowed 11 runs -- nine earned -- in 4 1/3 innings and walked in a run. Manager Joe Girardi, as he has been known to do, tried to put a positive light on Mitre's struggles, noting how much the team's poor defense hurt him. "Serge got about 21 outs (Sunday)," Girardi said, adding he didn't think the pitcher looked as bad as his line indicated.

BY THE NUMBERS: 2,721 -- Number of career hits by Yankees Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig, a club record Derek Jeter was poised to break entering the week. Jeter finished the weekend four hits shy of becoming the team's all-time hits leader.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Any time you talk about a Yankee record and you can do it at home, that's pretty special." -- Derek Jeter, on Sept. 6 on the prospect of topping Lou Gehrig's all-time hits record at Yankee Stadium. Jeter finished last weekend four hits shy of doing so with the Yankees set to begin a 10-game homestand.

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Added: September 7, 2009