In what has become almost an annual ritual for the Yankees, Darryl Strawberry made his long-awaited return to the team last night.

Strawberry's teammates greeted the player who helped them win two World Series with hugs and laughter as he returned to play at Yankee Stadium for the first time since Sept. 27.

"This is the first time in my career that I've been a September call-up," said Strawberry, who was brought up from Class AAA Columbus along with IF Clay Bellinger and P Dan Naulty on the day rosters expand. "It feels really good to be back and see the guys and be part of what this is all about."

VAUGHN VENTS: Mo Vaughn didn't play in the Angels' 8-1 loss to the Indians last night, but he sure made his presence felt, his angry voice booming through the team's Jacobs Field clubhouse in two pregame outbursts that brought to light further divisions on the team.

The first was in response to an insinuation Vaughn didn't back his teammates in Tuesday night's eighth-inning brawl, which started after closer Troy Percival hit Indians OF David Justice with a pitch and Justice charged the mound.

The second outburst seemed directed toward Percival, who gave up Richie Sexson's three-run home run that capped a 10-run eighth inning in the Indians' wild, 14-12, come-from-behind victory, and to his teammates in general.

"Be like a man. If you get rapped around, don't throw at a guy, get the next guy out and get out of the inning. I've been getting drilled all year. Is anyone protecting me? We've been getting drilled all year, and [no opponents] have been on their backs once. You call that a . . . team?"

MOVES: Indians CF Kenny Lofton was activated from the disabled list after missing most of the last month with an injured hamstring. . . . The Angels activated starting P Ken Hill from the 15-day disabled list. . . . Blue Jays P Joey Hamilton is out for the season with a sore shoulder. He may undergo exploratory surgery next week.