STRAW STIRS: Suspended Yankees OF Darryl Strawberry worked out at a team facility for the first time since his arrest on drug and solicitation charges in April.

He blamed his latest problems on alcoholism.

"I had a relapse and went back to drinking, due to depression," said Strawberry, who was rehabilitating from colon cancer surgery when he was arrested April 14. He was charged with possession of 0.3 grams of cocaine and offering an undercover female police officer $50 for sex. He pleaded no contest and was placed on 18 months' probation.

"I'm clean and sober today, and that's the most important thing," he said.

Yesterday, Strawberry, 37, stretched, ran, caught fly balls and took 15 minutes of batting practice at the Yankees' minor league complex.

He said he became depressed when the Yankees broke spring training and left him behind to work out in Tampa.

"It was real hard for me during the course of spring training. I really psychologically went through some changes being out in the heat, trying to prove myself and putting extra pressure on myself," he said.

TRADE: The Diamondbacks, in desperate need of a closer, got Matt Mantei from the Marlins for reliever Vladimir Nunez, top pitching prospect Brad Penny and a player to be named.

The Diamondbacks are challenging for the NL West title in their second season despite having blown 14 of 29 save chances. Five pitchers have combined to get their 15 saves.

RHP Mantei, 26, is 1-2 with 10 saves and a 2.72 ERA, with 50 strikeouts in 36 innings. RHP Nunez, 24, is 3-2 with one save and a 2.91 ERA. RHP Penny, 21, was 2-7 with a 4.70 ERA as a starter at Class AA El Paso.

DRUG CASE: Reliever Matt Anderson, sent last month from the Tigers to Class AAA Toledo, has been declared fit for a program that could keep felony counts in an Arizona drug case off of his record. Anderson, 22, was arrested last October in Scottsdale, Ariz. Police said he accepted an overnight package containing marijuana.

BALL BOUGHT: Carlton Fisk's home run ball that won Game 6 of the 1975 World Series sold to an unidentified buyer for $113,273 on the first day of Leland's two-day auction of sports memorabilia.