KIRKWOOD, Mo. - Moments after reciting their vows, Ian Kennedy and his new wife walked up the aisle to "Take Me Out To The Ball Game."

What else?

The New York Yankees' rookie pitcher married Southern California basketball player Allison Jaskowiak on Saturday in a ceremony outside St. Louis.

"I was thinking, 'What's more nerve-racking, pitching in the big leagues for the first time or getting married?' " Kennedy said. "It's a different emotion. I don't cry too much, but it was emotional."

The couple was surrounded by family and friends - but none of Kennedy's teammates who are on the Yankees' playoff roster were able to make it because of the team's 11-inning game that ended late Friday night in Cleveland.

Rookie reliever Joba Chamberlain, one of Kennedy's closest friends, was among those who had hoped to attend the wedding on the off day in the series. But Kennedy said he understood that his teammates couldn't make it.

Kennedy, left off the first-round playoff roster, flew to St. Louis on Friday from Tampa, Fla., where he's been working out in hopes of being added to the roster for a potential AL Championship Series. The righthander tweaked his back during a late-season bullpen session and hasn't pitched since Sept. 13 in Toronto.

He went 1-0 with a 1.89 ERA in three September starts. *