Yanks starter lasts just two innings

Originally Published: June 9, 2004
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Yankees starter Kevin Brown was forced to leave Wednesday night's game against the Colorado Rockies after only two innings because of stiffness in his lower back.

Kevin Brown
Starting Pitcher
New York Yankees
12 7 1 0 48 4.24

New York was trailing 4-0 at the time, with Brown struggling and giving up all of those runs in the second inning. He walked the leadoff hitter and then allowed four singles.

The Yankees beat the Rockies 7-5.

Brown is a six-time All-Star and earned his 200th career win this season. But the 39-year-old righty has been beset by back problems, going on the disabled list six times in the previous five years.

Brown was 7-1, tied with Mike Mussina and Javier Vazquez for the team lead in victories, and had a 3.89 ERA entering the game.

Tanyon Sturtze began warming up for the AL East leaders while the Yankees batted in the second inning. He took over to start the top of the third.

Brown got the win in his last start, pitching six innings and giving up six runs against Texas last Friday.

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press