Detroit Tigers: Although the Tigers have started the season in impressive fashion, boasting a record of 11-9 through 20 games, the real test will come over the next couple of weeks. Detroit opened a three-game series against the Angels on Tuesday night, from whom many expect great things. The Tigers play 24 straight against the A.L. West, shaping up to be on the premier divisions in baseball. When the dust settles, they could be knocked back to reality.
Oakland Athletics: Jason Giambi had no trouble bolting the Bay Area for the bright lights of New York, but the Yankees' first baseman believes Eric Chavez made the right move by signing a long-term extension with the A's. "It was exciting," Giambi said of Chavez's new deal. "I know Eric is excited to be there. It's like Miggy and myself, we wanted to be there but it just didn't work out. Hopefully this shows they can keep some of their younger kids and go from there."
New York Mets: Mike Piazza, who hadn't homered since the second day of the season, finally broke out of his offensive funk on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. Piazza's 351st homer as a backstop tied Carlton Fisk's all-time record for homers by a catcher, and catapulted the Mets to a crucial 9-5 win. As Piazza rounded the bases, he was both jeered and cheered by the Dodger faithful.
St. Louis Cardinals: Tony Womack is hoping to pick up where he left off on Wednesday night at Busch Stadium, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Womack, who is hitting. 346, missed a week's worth of games because of a right triceps strain. The Cardinals' leadoff man participated in a full scale workout before Tuesday's game, and if he feels no ill effects come tonight, he could be reinstated.