DETROIT -- It took Greg Golson nine at-bats in a big league uniform before he could notch his first hit, and now that he has it, the 24-year-old speedster plans to treasure it for a long time.
Golson lined a single up the middle in the Yankees' six-run ninth inning on Wednesday, logging his first safety off Tigers lefty Phil Coke. Golson had appeared in the big leagues with the Phillies and Rangers previously, but he became a hitter with the Yankees.
"It was awesome," Golson said. "It was about two years coming after my first at-bat. I almost ran out to center field to get the ball myself."
A career .263 Minor League hitter entering this season, Golson was 0-for-6 in six games with the 2008 Phillies and 0-for-1 in one game with the Rangers in '09 before he was acquired by the Yankees in a January trade.
Golson said that he will add the Major League ball to a collection of memorable balls he keeps on his mantelpiece at home in Austin, Texas. Along with his first professional hit, Golson also has his first hits at the Double-A and Triple-A levels.
The display also features signed baseballs from Craig Monroe, Mike Cameron and Torii Hunter.
"I just like the way they play," Golson said. "Monroe, when he was with Detroit, the playoffs that he had [in 2006] was just stupid, what he was doing -- how well he was swinging the bat and just kind of got to another level.
"Mike Cameron and Torii Hunter, defensively that's who I want to be like, and offensively, too. I just try to emulate them."
Jeter's fine after hit-by-pitch
DETROIT -- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was clipped on the left pinky finger by a Justin Verlander fastball in the fifth inning of New York's 6-0 loss to Detroit on Thursday. Predictably, he said after the game that he was all right.
"He said he's fine," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "My guess is it's going to be a little sore, but he said he's fine."
Jeter went 1-for-4 with the hit-by-pitch and finished New York's seven-game road swing hitting 3-for-29 against Red Sox and Tigers pitching, snapping an 0-for-16 skid with his first-inning single off Verlander.
"All you can try to do really is just have good at-bats and hit the ball hard," Jeter said. "You'd love to get hits all the time. Today, I got a hit and I hit 10 balls [on the trip] harder than I've hit that one. Today, fortunately, I hit it in the right spot. I need to get on base a little bit more."
The captain has notched just five hits in his past 44 at-bats (.113), dropping his batting average to .269 with four homers and 22 RBIs heading into this weekend's series against the Twins.
"You can't expect a guy to get two hits every day," Girardi said. "It's just not going to happen. I haven't ever seen anyone get 324 hits in a season. You're going to go through periods where you get more hits than others. That's why you look at it over 600 at-bats."
Swisher gets break to rest sore biceps
DETROIT -- Nick Swisher said that his sore left biceps improved after ice treatment, and with an entire afternoon to kill at Comerica Park, the Yankees outfielder expects to be back in the lineup on Friday against the Twins.
Swisher was held out of New York's lineup on Thursday after exiting the previous game with tightness in his biceps, which he felt after a seventh-inning swing.
"It's just a little tug, kind of like how you stretch out a rubber band," Swisher said. "You just feel something kind of sharp."
Swisher said that he has been working with assistant athletic trainer Steve Donohue, and he planned to spend most of his remaining time in Detroit around the training room.
"I feel good today," Swisher said. "Me and Stevie D., we're 'road dogs.' We're going to hang all day together."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi was not sure if Swisher would be available as a pinch-hitter on Thursday, but the outfielder said that he could be.
"If skip needs me today, I'd do everything I could to get out there and play," Swisher said.
Miranda in lineup, with Teixeira at DH
DETROIT -- Juan Miranda finally walked through the visitors' clubhouse at Comerica Park on Thursday, two days after the wheels were put into motion behind the scenes to bring him into town.
The Yankees had been planning on summoning Miranda, a 27-year-old first baseman, from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday. That was impacted by Tuesday's rainout and a split doubleheader on Wednesday, when the Yankees thought utility man Kevin Russo might help them with flexibility.
Miranda was hitting .260 with five homers and 15 RBIs in 28 games at Triple-A and jumped right into the lineup on Thursday, playing first base with Mark Teixeira getting a day as the designated hitter.
"He swings the bat," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He's kind of like Nick Johnson -- he swings the bat and also can play first base. It gives us the ability to DH Tex today. We've liked what we've seen from him. He's a guy that I believe who could help us."
Girardi said that with Johnson on the disabled list, he expected Miranda to hang around for a while. Girardi said that Miranda could become part of a lefty-righty platoon with Marcus Thames to log at-bats as the DH, with other players occasionally mixed in.
"It's a guy that definitely fits that mold, what we're looking for," Girardi said.
Right-hander Chan Ho Park (strained right hamstring) is scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday and could be activated soon after if he progresses well. ... Right-hander Alfredo Aceves (lower back soreness) was scheduled to be examined on Thursday in New York. He has said that he believes he has a bulging disc. ... Curtis Granderson (strained groin) is progressing well while working with head athletic trainer Gene Monahan in New York. Granderson could be on track for returning to the Yankees later this month. ... Francisco Cervelli entered Thursday leading the Majors with a .750 (9-for-12) batting average and .800 on-base percentage with runners in scoring position (minimum 15 at-bats).
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.