Former major leaguer Jim Leyritz, who is awaiting trial in Florida on DUI manslaughter charges, phoned a friend in New Jersey this week threatening suicide, according to media reports.

Leyritz voluntarily checked himself into a psychiatric ward at a Hollywood, Fla., hospital Wednesday night after being taken there by Davie police, according to the reports.

The former catcher and designated hitter faces an upcoming trial in Fort Lauderdale for the December 2007 crash that killed a woman.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that Davie Police Lt. Bill Coyne said Leyritz became upset when a court-ordered monitoring device installed in his car to monitor his blood-alcohol content prevented the car from starting.

Leyritz told police he was not drinking, and officers noted in the report that there was no evidence of alcohol or drug use. A urine sample was also taken. If the test comes back positive, it would be a violation of his bail conditions.

After taking a call from a distraught Leyritz, the New Jersey friend placed a 911 call to Davie police. Leyritz told police he was having trouble sleeping, was anxious and may need medical attention.

Leyritz was released from a psychiatric unit at Memorial Hospital in Hollywood, Fla., yesterday afternoon, his ex-wife, Karri Leyritz told the New York Post.

In December 2007 in Fort Lauderdale, authorities say Leyritz was drunk when he ran a red light and crashed into another car, killing Fredia Ann Veitch.

Leyritz, who played for six teams and last was in the majors in 2000, helped the Yankees win the World Series in 1996 and 1999. He spent parts of nine season with the Yankees.

Leyritz was jailed in February after the device in his car recorded that he consumed alcohol four times since it was installed in April 2008. A Broward County judge said after the device was installed, Leyritz believed he was allowed to consume alcohol.

His attorney, David Bogenschutz, would "neither confirm nor deny" for the New York Daily News that his client had been admitted to a hospital.


* Umpire Paul Schrieber has apologized for making contact with Detroit Tigers slugger Magglio Ordonez during a confrontation Wednesday night.

In the seventh inning against Minnesota, Schreiber called Ordonez out on strikes. Ordonez argued that the pitch was low. As Schrieber spoke to him, the umpire placed his hand on Ordonez' back and steered him toward the dugout. Ordonez said he was surprised when Schrieber put his hand on his back, but added that he didn't think Schrieber "had any bad intentions."

In games yesterday:

* At Toronto, back from nagging injuries, Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui delivered key hits to lead CC Sabathia (3-3) and the New York Yankees past the Blue Jays, 3-2.

* At Kansas City, Cesar Izturis and N Markakis drove in three runs a apiece and Aubrey Huff homered as Baltimore held off the Royals, 9-5.

* At Anaheim, Jeff Mathis hit an RBI single in the 12th inning, Torii Hunter had a two-run double and an RBI triple, and the Los Angeles Angels beat Boston, 5-4.

* At St. Petersburg, Fla., Victor Martinez had four hits and drove in four runs, raising his batting average to .400 and helping Cleveland beat Tampa Bay, 11-7.

* At Minneapolis, Joe Crede capped a Minnesota comeback with a two-out, two-run single in a six-run seventh inning that ruined Justin Verlander's strong start (13 strikeouts, 6 1/3 innings) and helped the Twins beat Detroit, 6-5.

* At Arlington, Texas, Chris Davis hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning, lifting the Rangers to a 3-2 wn and a three-game sweep of Seattle. *