Back in bigs, Rasner faces Mariners

Back in bigs, Rasner faces Mariners

Darrell Rasner made the most of his stint at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre when the Yankees sent him down in mid-April.

He gave up five hits and didn't allow a run in eight innings, striking out three and walking two. Now, he's back in pinstripes, aiming for his first win of the season against the Mariners on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

"When I left here, I felt I was on a pretty good roll," Rasner said. "I was feeling good. I went down there and let that carry over."

Dating back to his second start of the year against the Indians, Rasner has allowed just one earned run in his last 17 2/3 innings between the Major and Minor Leagues.

Rasner said he's just happy to be pitching in pinstripes.

"Every chance is just another opportunity, and I'm thankful for that opportunity, and that's how I'm going to treat it," he said. "[It's an] opportunity to pitch in Yankee Stadium."

Rasner's counterpart on Sunday, left-hander Jarrod Washburn, has also put up nice numbers for the Mariners, going 2-2 with a 2.88 ERA.

Pitching matchup
NYY: RHP Darrell Rasner (0-1, 3.86 ERA)
The Orioles hit Rasner hard after he broke camp this spring as the Yankees' No. 5 starter. But after that, he gave up just one earned run in 9 2/3 innings before being shipped to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Now, Rasner gets another shot against the Mariners. Rasner worked eight innings, gave up two hits, struck out three and walked two while pitching for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

SEA: LHP Jarrod Washburn (2-2, 2.88 ERA)
Washburn is throwing the ball the way the Mariners envisioned when they signed him to a four-year, $37.5 million contract before the 2006 season. The left-hander has pitched at least six innings in all five of his starts this season, including a seven-inning performance against the White Sox last week in which he earned the win while striking out four and walking two. The two runs Washburn gave up, however, were solo home runs. He's allowed a total of four homers on the season.

Player to watch
Rasner has held right-handed hitters to a .231 average this season, but he's been hit hard by left-handers (.367). Look for the Mariners to use a lefty-heavy lineup, even dipping into bats off the bench. Mariners outfielder/first baseman Ben Broussard, who hasn't seen much playing time this season, had a .308 average with 18 home runs and 19 doubles against right-handed pitching last season.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• WCBS-AM 880 AM, WQBU-FM 92.7 FM (Espanol)

Up next
• Monday: Mariners (RHP Miguel Batista, 3-2, 6.30) at Yankees (RHP Matt DeSalvo, Major League debut), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Tuesday: Rangers (RHP Robinson Tejeda, 3-2, 3.89) at Yankees (LHP Andy Pettitte, 1-1, 3.00), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Wednesday: Rangers (RHP Mike Wood, 0-0, 3.12) at Yankees (RHP Mike Mussina, 1-1, 5.73), 7:05 p.m. ET

Caleb Breakey is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.