Dave Winfield's hitting and fielding cheered his otherwise-grim teammates last night and led the Yankees to a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers in Yankee Stadium.
Winfield got two doubles--one broke a fourth-inning tie--and made a fine defensive play as New York broke a two-game losing steak.
The day started gloomily because owner George Steinbrenner had ordered a special workout for nine Yankees deemed guilty of blundering.
"It took us to the middle of the game to get going," Roger Erickson (8-7), the winning pitcher, said. "The guys were down. Nine guys had to do something that was completely ignorant. The instruction they needed could have been done in the regular workout.
"Also, when I looked at the stands, there were only a few thousand people out there." Only 14,626 fans, the smallest Yankee Stadium crowd since Sept. 27, 1979, watched the game, a makeup for a game snowed out in Arpil.
Erickson survived seven innings, yielding 10 hits, striking out two and walking none. Then Rudy May earned his first save.
Right fielder Ken Griffey, first basemen Dave Collins and John Mayberry, shortstop Roy Smalley, second baseman Willie Randolph and reliever George Frazier showed up for the compulsory workout. Catcher Rick Cerone was supposed to, but didn't. Presumably, he will be disciplined.