KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — 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," he said. "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.
"You need four good pitches," said Myers, down to about 222 pounds. "I want a reliable changeup."
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.
"Who knows?" manager Bobby Cox said. "You never know what might happen. 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. "I didn't care about the results."