Yanks starter lasts just two innings

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.

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.