Myers effective in win

Associated Press
Philadelphia pitcher Brett Myers delivers a pitch against Atlanta during Sunday's spring training game. The Phillies won 7-3.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. --- Brett Myers reported to spring training about 35 pounds lighter than he weighed when the Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series last year.


His secret? Hard work and a few changes to his routine.

"I'll make smarter choices drinking beer," said Myers, down to about 222 pounds. "Instead of with pizza, maybe it's a salad."

Myers made his Grapefruit League debut Sunday, allowing two runs and three hits over three innings in the Phillies' 7-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

Myers' goal this spring is to become more confident in his changeup and adjust to his new body.

Jo-Jo Reyes is hoping for another chance after a disastrous finish last season.

The Braves left-hander threw three scoreless innings against the Phillies, showing a confidence that had all but disappeared when he closed out 2008 by losing seven consecutive decisions.

"I want to prove all those people wrong, those people who don't think I have a chance," said Reyes, who went 3-11 with a 5.81 ERA last year. "2008 is done. This is '09, and I feel good again where I'm at. I've worked hard to turn this around."

Atlanta's rotation is set with Derek Lowe, Jair Jurrjens, Javier Vazquez, Kenshin Kawakami and Tom Glavine, hurting Reyes' chances of making the team.

"You never know what might happen," manager Bobby Cox said. "He was with us last season. And he looked good today."

Peter Moylan pitched one inning for Atlanta in his first game since undergoing serious elbow surgery almost 10 months ago. He allowed one run and two hits, but it didn't matter to Cox.

"It was a big day for us with him," Cox said.

GILES RETURNS: After a year out of baseball, former Braves All-Star Marcus Giles took on his old teammates Sunday as he made his case for a spot on the Philadelphia roster.

Giles, who played with Atlanta from 2001-06, finished 2-for-3 with an RBI, two runs and two stolen bases in the Phillies' win.


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