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Reyes in 'control' for four strong innings

Reyes in 'control' for four strong innings

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JUPITER, Fla. -- In the span of four innings on Wednesday, Anthony Reyes showed exactly where he's improved, and exactly what he still needs to work on.

Reyes' control, a strength for the right-hander all spring, was again excellent in the Cardinals' 13-7 loss to the Marlins. He got through four innings on 58 pitches, 42 of them strikes. He struck out six and walked only one.

However, Reyes made mistakes in the strike zone, allowing two home runs in his final inning after being staked to a 6-0 lead.

"I thought they were decent pitches," Reyes said when he was asked about the home runs. "It's just how it is. But every time I go out there, I feel like I'm getting more confident. The strikeouts are going up a little bit. I think it's starting to come together a little bit. The more I go out there, the sharper I'm going to get."

Reyes progressed in one major way from his last start, in which he struggled against the Orioles. When he got ahead of hitters, he was able to put them away. The six strikeouts attest to that. Reyes used all three of his pitches to finish hitters off.

"He had an effective breaking ball, which complemented his fastball and his change," said manager Tony La Russa.

Reyes entered camp in a three-way competition for one rotation spot with Todd Wellemeyer and Brad Thompson. However, with Matt Clement and Joel Pineiro both sidelined, it now appears that those three will all be starting.

Matthew Leach 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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