No way Jose

Jose Contreras was an enigma duiring his 1-1/2 year career with the Yankees. He never displayed the potential Yankee scouts had drooled about. And he was road kill against the Red Sox.

But on Tuesday night, Contreras returned to the Bronx with the White Sox and baffled the Yankees. He tossed seven-plus innings of shutout ball, allowing only three hits, striking out six batters and walking two. After the game, Contreras called it his best Major League start.

This is a guy who just couldn’t handle the New York pressure. The Yankees were obsessed with keeping him away from the Red Sox when they signed him prior to the 2003 season. And the Sox made him pay for signing with the Yankees.

I definitely don’t miss Contreras. I was frightened every time he took the mound with the Yankees. He was motivated to pitch well last night because it was his former team. He’s not exactly lighting things up with the Pale Hose (7-6, 4.18 ERA) this year.

As for the Yankees, Shawn Chacon continues to surprise me. He allowed one run — on a Tadahito Iguchi short-porch special — on three hits over seven innings. But his teammates couldn’t generate any offense off Contreras.

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