Reyes starting to get up to speed

Reyes starting to get up to speed

CINCINNATI -- One month has passed, and Jose Reyes has not yet reclaimed his past levels of superstardom. But he's getting there.

"He's really starting to take off now," manager Jerry Manuel said, after Reyes collected two hits Tuesday for the second successive game. "I think he's found his groove, found his rhythm. I think he's really starting to relish that third spot."

After struggling through an 0-for-11 stretch earlier this week, Reyes now has four hits -- including two doubles -- in his past seven at-bats.

Most impressive to Manuel, however, were the strong throws he made in the ninth inning Tuesday, including one to nab Orlando Cabrera at first on a slow roller.

"He's kind of out of Spring Training mode now," Manuel said. "It looks like he's into that playing mode."