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Myers looks to continue dominance

Phils aim to bounce back behind Myers

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A day after tangling with Dontrelle Willis, the Phillies should be elated to see Josh Beckett on Tuesday.

That's because Philadelphia pelted Beckett on May 1 at Citizens Bank Park, scoring five runs in two innings in the right-hander's worst start of the season. After posting a 4-1 with a 1.36 ERA in five April starts, Beckett has been human in May, going 2-2 with a 4.15 ERA.

Brett Myers, on the other hand, has continued to confound National League hitters. He's so confident with each of his four pitches that he's not afraid to throw any, no matter the count.

Myers last saw the Marlins on April 11, beating them by allowing one unearned run in 5 2/3 innings, and striking out eight.

Pitching matchup
PHI: RHP Brett Myers
• 4-2, 1.88 ERA in 2005
• 1-0, 0.00 ERA vs. FLA in 2005

FLA: RHP Josh Beckett
• 6-3, 2.47 ERA in 2005
• 0-1, 22.50 ERA vs. PHI in 2005

Player to watch
Though Bobby Abreu has hit two homers off Beckett, he's hitting .160 (4-for-25) against him in his career. Mike Lieberthal, meanwhile, is 6-for-20 (.300).

Quotable
"I'm just glad to be back and not watching this team on the TV on my couch." --Jim Thome, on not playing Monday, two days after being activated from the disabled list

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
Gameday
Official game notes

On television
• PHI: CSN
• FLA: FSN

On radio
• PHI: WPHT 1210, WPWA 1590 (Sp.)
• FLA: WQAM 560 AM, WQBA 1140 AM (Sp.)

Quick hits
Pat Burrell was named the Bank of America National League Player of the Week on Monday. It was the second time he's won the honor this season, and he became the first Phillies player to win twice in the same year since Von Hayes in 1986. Hayes won it three times that year. ... Bobby Abreu won it the previous week, giving the Phillies back-to-back winners. ... Jimmy Rollins started in the fifth spot in the order, the first time he's been somewhere other than leadoff since May 29, 2004.

On deck
• Wednesday: at Marlins, 7:05 p.m. ET
• Thursday: Off
• Friday: at Braves, 7:35 p.m. ET
• Saturday: at Braves, 1:20 p.m. ET

Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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