Yankees RHP Jose Contreras reunited with his wife and two daughters last night, one day after his family defected from Cuba and nearly 21 months after he escaped the island nation.

Contreras traveled to Florida from Baltimore to meet his wife, Miriam, and daughters Naylan, 11, and Naylenis, 3.

"My dream was to pitch for the Yankees in a World Series. Now that my family is here, I'm complete," Contreras said through an interpreter during a news conference outside a Miami Beach hotel.

"I thought I would never see him again," Miriam Contreras said.

* BECKETT TO WAIT: Marlins ace Josh Beckett was bumped in the rotation to Saturday, giving him three extra days of rest to recover from a strained back muscle.

Beckett threw about five minutes yesterday before feeling some pain and stopping. Nonetheless, he plans to throw long-toss today and in a bullpen session Thursday. If both go well, the World Series MVP expects to start Saturday at Tampa Bay.

* ARREST DETAILS: Suspended 2004 top draft pick Matt Bush allegedly bit one of the bouncers who tried to escort him out of a bar, police said.

Following his arrest early Sunday in Peoria, Ariz., Bush was suspended indefinitely by the Padres, who drafted him No. 1 overall from a San Diego high school.

Bush, 18, was arrested for investigation of felony assault, and faces misdemeanor charges of trespassing and disorderly conduct. Bush also was cited for underage drinking.

-- From News Services