Peep Show

Updated: April 28, 2004, 11:41 AM ET
By By David Mosse

American League

Tampa Bay Devil Rays: Rocco Baldelli is showing signs of snapping out of his early-season slump. Baldelli still has only one home run and three RBI's, but he has gone 8-for-21 in his past six games, raising his batting average to .258. The Cumberland, R.I., resident will look to continue his recent output in Boston as the Rays begin a nine-game road trip.

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."

National League

Houston Astros: Andy Pettitte, on the disabled list since April 10 with a left elbow strain, is scheduled to make his second start of the season on Thursday afternoon against the Pirates, the Houston Chronicle reports. "Obviously I'm extremely excited," Pettitte said. "It's been a very disappointing first month of the season." Pettitte gave up 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings in his only start April 6 against the San Francisco Giants and injured his elbow on a checked swing.

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.