Brett Myers

will try again tonight to get his season going on the right track.

"I'm ready for this to turn around," said the struggling righthander, who will pitch against the Washington Nationals in their new ballpark, which goes by the name Nationals Park (and will do so until corporate sponsorship is landed).

Myers is 2-4 with a 5.91 ERA in his first nine starts since returning to the starting rotation after spending most of last season as the Phils' closer. He has allowed a major-league-high 15 homers in 531/3 innings, including three in his last start, Wednesday against Atlanta.

Those home runs all came on fastballs.

As a closer, Myers could afford to employ the "blow and go" style that many ninth-inning specialists do. As a starter, he needs to make adjustments in the way he attacks hitters, and sometimes those adjustments need to be made in the middle of an at-bat.

"My stuff isn't that bad," Myers said. "I need to do a better job of recognizing hitters' swings. I did that when I was starting in 2005 and 2006. Last year, I didn't need to do that, but I need to get back to it."

Myers pointed to a home run he allowed to Atlanta's Yunel Escobar, a righthanded hitter, in his last start. It came on a fastball over the heart of the plate.

"He pulled off the first pitch I threw him," Myers said. "After seeing that, I should have thrown him a cutter or a fastball away. It was me trying to be stubborn."

Myers has allowed a whopping 24 earned runs over 281/3 innings in his last five starts. He has not won since April 17, and the Phillies are 1-4 in his last five starts.

Is tonight the night Myers turns it around?

Former Phils flourish

Rod Barajas,

who returned to Philadelphia and belted two homers, including a grand slam, to key Toronto's 6-3 win over the Phillies on Saturday, was not the only former Phillie to have a big game that night.

Ryan Franklin pitched two scoreless innings and got the win in the St. Louis Cardinals' 9-8 victory over Tampa Bay.

Todd Jones picked up his sixth save in Detroit's 3-2 win over Arizona.

Vicente Padilla pitched seven innings and allowed just two runs as Texas beat Houston, 6-2. The Rangers got a two-run homer from Marlon Byrd in that game.

Wes Helms keyed Florida's 7-3 win over Kansas City with a three-run homer in the seventh.

Also, on Friday night, Gavin Floyd pitched six shutout innings as the Chicago White Sox posted a 2-0 win over San Francisco.

Barajas continued his hot hitting in yesterday's 6-5 Toronto win over the Phillies.

He had the Blue Jays' first hit, a two-out double in the fifth, and was on base for Lyle Overbay's pinch-hit, three-run homer.

An inning later, Barajas singled in a run.

Short outing

A 2-hour, 4-minute rain delay after the first inning knocked both of yesterday's starting pitchers,

Shaun Marcum


Kyle Kendrick,

out the game.

Kendrick tried to stay loose during the delay, but once it got past 45 minutes, he was done.

Phils manager Charlie Manuel, who needed to use five relievers yesterday, said he could use Kendrick for an inning or two in relief before his next start.

Off to D.C.

The Phils took a private chartered Amtrak train to Washington after the game. After three games in Washington, they visit Houston for four.

- Jim Salisbury