South Jersey Baseball:
Monday, July 12, 2004
By Bill Cook
The Trenton Thunder, the Double-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees, announced today that New York Yankees RHP Kevin Brown will have a rehabilitation start for the Thunder on Thursday, July 15 at 7:05 PM as Trenton hosts the Portland Sea Dogs, the Class AA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.
Brown, a six-time All-Star, has a 7-1 record with a 4.13 ERA in 13 starts for the Yankees. He was placed on the 15-day Disabled List on June 15th, retroactive to June 10th, with a lower back strain. Brown was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers (12/13/03) in a trade that sent RHP’s Jeff Weaver and Yhency Brazoban to Los Angeles.
Brown has 204 career wins during 18 Major League seasons with Texas, Baltimore, Florida, San Diego, Los Angeles and the Yankees. He was a part of the Florida Marlins 1997 World Series Championship team that beat the Cleveland Indians. In 1998, he again appeared in the World Series, this time with the San Diego Padres, and lost to the Yankees.
Brown led the American League in 1992 with 21 wins and 265 2/3 innings pitched for the Texas Rangers. He claimed the ERA title in 1996 for the Marlins (1.89 ERA) and in 2000 with Los Angeles (2.58). Brown has finished in the “Top 10” for the Cy Young Award on five separate occasions.
This will be the seventh New York Yankees player to rehab with the Thunder in the two years of the affiliation. Those players include Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, Jose Contreras, Nick Johnson and Gabe White during the 2003 season. Kenny Lofton has made two appearances with Trenton in 2004, but is the only player for the Yankees to appear in a Thunder uniform this season.
Trenton and Portland begin their four-game series on Thursday at 7:05 PM with Post-Game Fireworks scheduled. The Eastern League is off Tuesday and Wednesday for the All-Star Break.
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