5/26/2008 07:05:00 AM

Rasner: "All I'm Trying To Do Is Compete"

Posted by Mark McCray |

Kit Stier/MLB.Com:

Darrell Rasner's approach to pitching in Baltimore on Monday afternoon isn't apt to be any different than the game plan he had on Wednesday, when he dazzled the Orioles for seven innings at Yankee Stadium.

Rasner, in fact, hasn't changed much of anything this season. He was 4-0 in five starts at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and he has won all three of his starts since joining the Yankees on May 4.

"You really have to stick with what got you here," Rasner said on Sunday before the Yankees departed for Baltimore with a five-game winning streak. "When you start changing is when you fall into a trap. You really just need to stick with what got you here and stay confident with your approach."

The right-hander from Carson City, Nev., looks unflappable when he's on the mound, and he credited his father for his stay-steady approach.

"I know what I am capable of," Rasner said. "I know what my limitations are as well. I don't try to exceed those.

"My dad talked a lot about that when I was a kid -- not showing emotion, not getting upset with things you can't control. That was a big thing when I was younger. When I was in Little League, we talked about it. So I think it has helped me out until now."

Rasner said his No. 1 priority is to stay healthy, something that eluded him last season.

"If I [can] stay healthy, I know I can compete," said Rasner, who has walked two and struck out 11 in 19 innings. "That's all I'm trying to do is compete -- to go out there and give this team a chance to win. I'm not thinking beyond that."

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