Peep Show

Updated: May 23, 2003, 10:52 AM ET
By Jim Baker
American League

Detroit Tigers: Yesterday we linked you to an article by John Lowe comparing the Tigers to the 1899 Cleveland Spiders. I took the opportunity to also discuss the alarming number of times the Tigers had been shutout. This led to the question, "how many times were the Spiders shut out?" In spite of losing 134 games, only 14 of them came via blanking. Lowe's topic today is Mike Maroth who is starting tonight in hopes of breaking his 0-9 run to begin the season. Lowe reveals that Maroth also had an 0-9 start in the minors three years ago.

New York Yankees: If you watched the Yankees-Red Sox series you saw in Bernie Williams a player who did not appear to be himself. Apart from struggling at the plate, he dropped a fly ball in the ninth inning of Roger Clemens' 299th victory that, fortunately for the march to history, proved to be inconsequential. As it turns out, Williams has not been himself for good reason. An MRI revealed a torn meniscus and has sent him the disabled list. Four to six weeks of shelf time might be in order, writes Andrew Marchand of the New York Post.
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