Lowe to start against Brown

NEW YORK -- Kevin Brown was picked to start Game 7 of the AL
Championship Series for the New York Yankees against Boston on
Wednesday night, a chance for the temperamental pitcher to earn

For the Red Sox,
Derek Lowe gets the nod over knuckleballer
Tim Wakefield.

Brown, sidelined for much of September after breaking his
non-pitching hand punching a clubhouse wall, won Game 3 of the
first-round series against Minnesota.

The right-hander lasted just two innings Saturday in the third
game against the Red Sox, giving up four runs and five hits.
Bothered by a bad back for most of this year, Brown appeared to be
uncomfortable on the mound at Fenway Park.

Brown was pitching on three days' rest. He threw 57 pitches in
Game 3, won by New York 19-8.

Lowe, a former 21-game winner with a no-hitter to his credit, was
Boston's third starter before struggling in the regular season and
getting bounced from the playoff rotation. When the injury to Curt
Schilling rippled through the pitching staff, Lowe was given the
Game 4 start and, with Boston facing elimination, held the Yankees
to three runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings to start the Red Sox on
a three-game winning streak that forced the decisive seventh game. Lowe threw 88 pitches in that game.

Having appeared in only two games for 6 1/3 innings during the
two playoff series, he is one of the best rested pitchers on the

Wakefield was the No. 4 starter for the division series against
Anaheim but didn't pitch because Boston won in three games. He was
also scheduled to start the fourth game of the ALCS, but he was
needed in Game 3 when the New York Yankees scored 19 runs and then
threw the final three innings of Game 5, getting the win in
Boston's 14-inning, 5-4 victory on Monday night.

Yankees manager Joe Torre said he hoped Brown "is able to go
out there and throw strikes and take control."

"I'm comfortable with the fact that he says he's OK to pitch,"
Torre said.

Brown was 10-6 with a 4.09 ERA during the regular season. If he
leaves the game early, Torre said Javier Vazquez probably would be
the first pitcher out of the bullpen.

Torre spoke with Brown after Game 6 before making his decision.

"Experience is very high on my priority list, especially when
it comes to a game like this," Torre said.

Before Game 6, manager Terry Francona said he was still planning
to give Wakefield his first start of the playoffs, but Wakefield
said afterwards that Lowe would start.

Wakefield and Bronson Arroyo, who pitched an inning of relief on Monday and
Tuesday nights, would be available to help a bullpen taxed by
consecutive games totaling 26 innings Sunday and Monday.

"They're beat. The whole group," Francona said before the
game. "And they all keep wanting the ball."

Yankees manager Joe Torre wouldn't address a potential starter
before Tuesday's game, preferring to believe that the series would
end in six games.

"We're not talking about Game 7," Torre said.

He did not commit after the game, either.