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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yankees Find Wins In 'New Bronx Zoo'

NEW YORK -- Welcome to the new Bronx Zoo.

George Steinbrenner is meddling again, Don Mattingly's feeling are hurt, Darryl Strawberry hasn't been called up yet, manager Buck Showalter is in the dark, and the team is still on a six-game winning streak.

Welcome to the home of the New York Yankees.

There's also the never-ending trade rumors concerning Danny Tartabull and the latest unfounded Steve Howe drug rumors.

There hasn't been this much turmoil and tumult at Yankee Stadium since the original "Bronx Zoo" days in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when Dave Winfield was being run out of town, Billy Martin punched a marshmallow salesman and Reggie Jackson was trying to punch Martin.

The controversy, paranoia and sniping is going strong.

The situation was no different before Monday night's game against the Texas Rangers. First, Melido Perez was activated from the disabled list and Tartabull was put on the DL. Then Perez was back on the shelf and Tartabull was officially active, even though he has been anything but during the past two weeks.

One thing is for certain. The team on the field is doing the job. Mike Stanley's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth gave the Yankees a 5-4 victory Monday, as the team moved within two games of the Rangers, who currently occupy the wild-card spot.

Dion James, Mattingly and Bernie Williams singled to load the bases with one out in the ninth for Stanley, who lofted a long fly ball over the head of drawn-in center fielder Otis Nixon. Mattingly had another outstanding night, going 2-for-4 with three RBI and his third homer in five games.

Sterling Hitchcock, who was to be sent to the bullpen to make room for Perez, threw a five-hitter, striking out seven, before the Rangers caught up to him in the eighth.

Still, the past week has been a boon to those starved for controversy. The trouble began last Tuesday when Jack McDowell was booed when he walked off the mound. McDowell responded with an obscene gesture.

Howe complained that someone in the organization spread a rumor that he had distributed amphetamines to teammates. Showalter acknowledged the situation and said it had been dealt with. Howe, suspended seven times for drug violations, strongly denied the allegation.

Waiting for his Yankees debut at Triple-A Columbus is Strawberry, living under house arrest for tax evasion and hitting .318. He hit a homer Sunday that cleared the top tier in right field in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Steinbrenner wants to mandate how much of Strawberry's $675,000 contract should be given to charity. The owner also wants a bank to handle Strawberry's finances.

The outfielder's agent, Bill Goodstein, isn't buying it. Goodstein threatened to file a grievance with the players' union, claiming Steinbrenner's provisions are illegal, but has yet to do so.

"I'm trying to do what's best for Darryl," Steinbrenner said. "The union's trying to do what's best for the union. And the agent's trying to do, I don't know. I would imagine he's thinking of Darryl, hopefully."

Mattingly, a Yankee since 1982, said he was finished "sharing my feelings" with the media because of the criticism. Most of it concerned his low run-production (three home runs, 24 RBI and a .214 average with runners in scoring position), but Mattingly is said to believe that Steinbrenner fueled the scrutiny.

Meanwhile, Steinbrenner wondered publicly if Tartabull was faking the injury because he didn't want to get booed.

"I'm getting a little fed up with the whole situation of Stick [general manager Gene Michael] and Buck saying things in meetings and then being Mr. Nice Guys to the press about [Tartabull]. They should stand up and say what they said at the meetings or there are going to be some serious consequences," Steinbrenner told The New York Times.

"Tell you what I say about a person in a meeting?" Showalter asked, his voice rising. "A lot of things we talk about in private meetings aren't constructive in public."

In other AL games, it was Boston 4, Minnesota 1; Milwaukee 6, Seattle 4; and Cleveland 9, California 7.

In the NL, it was San Francisco 8, Florida 3; Colorado 11, Philadelphia 3; Chicago 5, New York 3; San Diego 10, Cincinnati 8; Los Angeles 6, Houston 5; and Atlanta 3, Pittsburgh 2.

(AP, Newsday)