Darryl Strawberry wants to play for the New York Yankees and owner George Steinbrenner.
“The reason I want to come back is I want to play for George,” the one-time Met told the New York Post on Monday from his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. “I know personally I can deal with it and I know I can be productive at Yankee Stadium.”
Strawberry, 33, was suspended through June 23 after testing positive for cocaine and subsequently released by the San Francisco Giants.
“I had several additional conversations with George this weekend in respect to how the arbitration involving the release from the Giants works and when he thought we would have a clearer picture of Darryl’s availability,” agent Bill Goodstein told the Post.
Bosox sign Mike Maddux
Boston signed right-handed pitcher Mike Maddux, who has played for five National League teams, to a one-year contract for the major-league minimum of $109,000.
The Red Sox also placed left-handed pitcher Vaughn Eshelman on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his left shoulder.
Clearing the bases
Milwaukee placed right-handed closer Mike Fetters on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his throwing elbow… . Boston designated hitter Jose Canseco’s abdominal muscle tear is healing faster than expected and he should be back in 3-4 weeks… . Minnesota center fielder Alex Cole broke his right leg Tuesday night chasing a base hit in the eighth inning.
Indians 2, White Sox 1
Pitcher Alex Fernandez threw wildly to first on Albert Belle’s infield single in the eighth inning, letting the tie-breaking run score from second as Cleveland beat Chicago.
Fernandez (2-4) limited the Indians to one run - Jim Thome’s homer in the fifth - and three hits until Wayne Kirby started the eighth with a pinch single.
Brewers 5, Twins 3
Sid Roberson got his first major-league victory and Joe Oliver had three hits and three RBIs as Milwaukee stopped an eight-game home skid with a victory over Minnesota.
Greg Vaughn hit his first homer since May 6 as the Brewers avoided tying the franchise mark of nine straight losses at County Stadium, set in 1990.
Royals 7, Rangers 6
Kansas City, Mo.
Catcher Ivan Rodriguez made two ninth-inning errors, the second allowing Vince Coleman to score the winning run as Kansas City beat Texas.
Consecutive homers by Will Clark and Dean Palmer had given Texas a 6-5 lead in the eighth, but an errant throw by Rodriguez allowed Coleman to score.
Tigers 8, Blue Jays 6
Lou Whitaker hit a two-run double in a three-run eighth inning as Detroit rallied to send Toronto to its seventh loss in 11 games.
Toronto, which had trailed 5-0 in the fourth, led 6-5 in the eighth.
Red Sox 1, Athletics 0
Tim Wakefield allowed two hits in 7 1/3 innings, baffling the Athletics with his knuckleball as Boston defeated Oakland.
The only hits off Wakefield (2-0), who struck out four and walked one, were Geronimo Berroa’s single between third and shortstop in the first inning and Terry Steinbach’s single up the middle in the eighth.
Orioles 5, Angels 4 (10)
Cal Ripken celebrated the 13th anniversary of the start of his streak with three hits and a game-winning sacrifice fly as Baltimore beat California.
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