Brown allows five runs in two innings

TRENTON, N.J. -- New York Yankees right-hander Kevin Brown allowed five runs and seven hits in two innings Thursday night in a minor-league rehabilitation assignment with the Class AA Trenton Thunder.

Brown had been sidelined by a strained back and an intestinal
parasite since June 9.

Portland batted around in the first inning against the
39-year-old Brown, who has a 7-1 record with a 4.13 ERA in 13
starts for the Yankees. He was acquired from the Los Angeles
Dodgers in the offseason.

Two of Portland's five runs were unearned.

Brown had been encouraged after two productive bullpen sessions at Yankee Stadium earlier in the week.

"I didn't feel anything like I had in the two or three sessions
I had on the side, for whatever reason," Brown said. "There's no
(back) pain. I don't know how to explain it. Just dead. No
explosiveness. I would describe it as someone taking the light
switch and flipping it off."

Brown is expected to join the Yankees in Detroit on Friday to
throw on the side for pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre, according to
New York general manager Brian Cashman. His next rehab start will
likely be for Class A Tampa on Tuesday while the Yankees complete a two-game series against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Cashman said.