Peep Show

Updated: April 19, 2004, 8:28 AM ET
By Jim Baker

American League

Detroit Tigers: Last year, the Tigers were famously awful while the Florida Marlins won it all. Mark Redman escaped the former to be with the latter via trade and everyone wanted to know why. Lynn Henning of the Detroit News looks at the three pitchers who came over in the Redman trade, one of whom, Nate Robertson, is off to a very decent 11-inning start this year. Gary Knotts and Rob Henkel (currently at Double A Erie) are the other two. Does the deal make sense yet? A little bit more than it used to.

New York Yankees: Can Jose Contreras really be this bad? Staked to a nice lead by his mates yesterday, the second-year player out of Cuba never made it out of the third inning against the team that also coveted his services when he fled the island two years ago. Jack Curry examines his struggles in today's New York Times. "I'm not angry at him or upset or disappointed," manager Joe Torre told Curry. "It's just something we're going to get right before this thing is over because his stuff is electric. It's a matter of him feeling what he's supposed to feel like."

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