Brown, on the disabled list with a back injury and internal parasite for seven weeks, returned with a flourish, winning his first two starts while yielding just one run and eight hits over 14 1-3 innings.
However, the veteran right-hander was reached for five runs and eight hits over five innings in Tuesday’s 7-1 loss at Texas. Ironically, Brown’s only other loss in 11 decisions this season came in Arlington on May 21. He had won four straight decisions between the defeats.
Brown admitted afterward he felt weak during warm-ups and never got any better the closer it got to gametime. But he did not say his performance had anything to do with his recent ailments.
“I was drained. I never had any energy,” he said. “It’s not the first time I’ve felt cruddy and it probably won’t be the last.”
John Olerud, released by Seattle last month, played the hero on Saturday in his first game against his former team. The veteran first baseman, signed by New York to fill in for the injured Jason Giambi, delivered a tiebreaking two-run single in the eighth inning as the Yankees pulled out a 6-4 win—their fourth straight and ninth in 11 games.
“I think any time you’re with a new club, you want to do well and help the team win,” Olerud said. “It’s a good feeling. When they pitch around the guy in front of you to get to you, you definitely want to come through with a hit right there.”
Olerud finished 1-for-4 and is batting .333 (11-for-33) with a homer and 11 RBIs in nine games for New York.
Rookie Jose Lopez hit his first career homer for Seattle, which has dropped three straight to slip a season-high 30 games below .500.