Yankees give Swisher day off

NEW YORK -- Right fielder Nick Swisher has been held out of the starting lineup for the New York Yankees' game against the Minnesota Twins.

Swisher has been hampered by a sore left biceps and manager Joe Girardi wants the switch hitter to wait another day before he tries batting from the left side.

Right-hander Nick Blackburn was scheduled to start Sunday's game for the Twins.

The outfielder went 1 for 4 and scored a run in New York's 7-1 victory over Minnesota on Saturday.

Swisher says he feels much better and is available to pinch-hit against a left-hander.

Marcus Thames got the start in right and was batting seventh.