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October thunder the key for Swisher

Free agent making his case to stay a Yankee, but it won't matter if he fails this fall

Updated: August 18, 2012, 1:39 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

White lightning struck Yankee Stadium on Friday night, not once but twice, and it had nothing to do with the stormy weather.

It had everything to do with Nick Swisher and his new bats, which arrived at the ballpark a couple of hours before the game and were immortalized by the man himself a few minutes after it ended.

"I call them white lightning," the ever-ebullient Yankees right fielder said after the Bombers used five solo home runs, two of them by Swisher, and one RBI single to ...

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