The Rockies released LHP Jeff Fassero yesterday after he and Manager Clint Hurdle disagreed about his ability to start against St. Louis this weekend.

"It was over philosophical differences," Hurdle said. "That's all I have to say about it. He had concerns. I had concerns."

Fassero was scheduled to start tomorrow, and it would have been his first appearance since Sept. 13. When he found out he was starting, Fassero said he needed to get some work in relief before he made the start.

"I need to get in and face live competition in the next two days or they need to do something else," he said.

Hurdle decided Chris Gissell would make his first major league start in Colorado's home finale.

Fassero had a 3-8 record with a 5.51 ERA in 40 appearances.

* MAKING THE CALL: Fox said it will use former Arizona manager Bob Brenly and Mets LHP Al Leiter as television analysts during baseball's league championship series.

Brenly, who was a Fox baseball commentator from 1996 to 2000, was fired as Diamondbacks manager in July. He'll work with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, Fox's top announcing team, while Leiter will be teamed with Thom Brennaman and Steve Lyons, the network said.

-- From News Services