Swisher ties switch-hitting home run mark

Swisher ties switch-hitting home run mark

CHICAGO -- Indians right fielder/first baseman Nick Swisher hit a 430-foot shot into the right-field seats in the ninth inning of Sunday's 7-1 victory over the White Sox for his second home run of the game and 20th of the season.

But that homer had some added significance, as it marked the 13th time in Swisher's career that he homered from both sides of the plate in a single game, tying Mark Teixeira for the Major League record.

"It's pretty cool having a Major League record for something," Swisher said. "Just to be able to have that, especially to be able to share that with Mark Teixeira, who I love dearly. … It's rare that you feel good on both sides of the plate at the same time."

Swisher added that while it's been a difficult year for him, dealing with a shoulder injury and struggles at the plate, he's happy to be able to help the team during a playoff race.

"For me, it's been kind of a crazy year," Swisher said. "I've been trying to keep grinding away and doing whatever I can to help the team. If that means hitting a couple of home runs here and there, I'm all for it."

Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.