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Starter out since June 10

NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees activated right-hander
Kevin Brown from the disabled list in time for him to start against
the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.

Brown, sidelined since June 10 with a lower back spasm and an
intestinal parasite, pitched in the minors on a rehabilitation
assignment.

"His last bullpen session was really good and he seemed to be
satisfied with it," Yankees manager Joe Torre said.

The start was Brown's first for the Yankees since June 9, when
he allowed four runs -- three earned -- and five hits in just two
innings in a no-decision against Colorado.

Brown is 7-1 with a 4.13 ERA in 13 starts, and could give the
Yankees' inconsistent starting rotation a big boost.

"We counted on him very heavily when the season started, and
we've certainly missed him," Torre said.

The six-time All-Star earned his 200th career win earlier this
season against Tampa Bay, but has been beset by back problems in
recent years. He had surgery to repair a disc in 2002, and his most
recent stint marked his seventh time on the DL in six seasons.

"If he comes back feeling good about everything, then we have a
pitcher who's well-rested," Torre said.

To make room for Brown, the Yankees optioned right-hander Bret
Prinz to Triple-A Columbus. Prinz was 1-0 with a 5.48 ERA in 23
innings for New York.