Darrell Rasner pitched six-plus effective innings and Derek Jeter hit his first home run of the season as the Yankees defeated the Tigers, 5-2, on Saturday at Comerica Park.
Making his second start since being called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Rasner turned in another sharp effort and helped continue to settle the Yankees' starting pitching woes.
He was hit for a first-inning run when rookie Matthew Joyce popped his first big league home run, a solo shot to right, but he settled in to throw five scoreless innings in protecting the lead. Rasner was charged with two runs when reliever Kyle Farnsworth allowed an inherited runner to score in the seventh. Rasner scattered four hits while walking one and striking out one in the effort.