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Swisher smiling again after going yard

Nick hits first homer of the year, breaks an 0-for-19 slump as Bombers crush ChiSox

Updated: April 29, 2011, 2:26 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- For a team that leads the major leagues in home runs, the long ball was hardly the story of the Yankees' 12-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night.

And for an offense that seemed as dependent on the home run for its scoring as Bernie Madoff was on greed and gullibility for his wealth, only three of those 12 runs were the result of a ball leaving the park.

But for one Yankee in particular, the home run was not just important, it was vital, if only for ...

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