White Sox RF Jermaine Dye was out of the lineup for a fourth straight game yesterday as he recovered from bug bites to his left leg that became infected.

"It's just a weird injury. Not really an injury but just a weird situation," Dye said before a game against the Boston Red Sox.

"Being bit by a spider five times and having it turn out to be something that's pretty serious, you worry about it a little bit. That's why I went to the hospital and got IVs and all the antibiotics in me, so it wouldn't spread too much and become real dangerous."

Dye said he apparently was bitten in his bed at a hotel in Cleveland, where the White Sox played four games right after the all-star break.

Dye, batting .261 with 19 homers and 47 RBI after a slow start, said he would make sure he checked out his bed from now on.

"I think I'm going to pull back the sheets now," he said.

* MOUND OF TROUBLE?: Yankees RHP Kevin Brown, roughed up again in his second start back from the disabled list, left the team to have his ailing back checked.

Manager Joe Torre said before a game against the Angels that Brown is okay.

"Kevin's fine. He didn't have any problems. He's still not where we want him to be, but because we're on the West Coast, we gave him permission to leave early and stop in Colorado to see one of his doctors on the way back east," Torre said. "So that's where he is today."

Brown's return was hastened because of the Yankees' injury-depleted rotation.

LHP Randy Johnson, who left Thursday night's 6-5 loss to the Angels after six innings because of a twinge in his back, said he will make his scheduled start against Minnesota tomorrow night in New York.

"They took me out of the game. I didn't ask to come out. It's over with. I'm fine. Every time something happens -- a little tweak here, a little tweak there -- they're more cautious than I am," Johnson said.

* MILLWOOD FINALLY GETS HELP: Cleveland RHP Kevin Millwood finally had something to smile about: run support.

The right-hander won for the first time in five July starts and Victor Martinez hit a three-run homer in a 6-3 win over Seattle.

During Millwood's four-game losing streak, the Indians had been shut out three times and scored a total of two runs.

"It's been a while," Millwood said. "To get that extra cushion was really nice. I think it gave everybody a little chance to relax."

-- From News Services

Outfielder Jermaine Dye of the White Sox has missed the past four games after being bitten by a spider in his hotel room in Cleveland.