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Myers headed back to Boston

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals traded left-handed reliever Mike Myers back to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday.

The teams were still discussing what St. Louis will get in return, Cardinals spokesman Brian Bartow said.

Myers returns to the Red Sox after failing to re-sign with them following the 2004 season.

Myers was part of the team that beat St. Louis in the World Series, ending a Boston drought dating to 1918. He pitched in five AL playoff games, but not in the World Series.

The 35-year-old Myers signed a one-year, $600,000 deal with the Cardinals in December. In nine spring training appearances, he had a 2.38 ERA in 11 1-3 innings.

The sidearming Myers was competing for a spot in the St. Louis bullpen with fellow lefties Bill Pulsipher and Randy Flores. Ray King is expected to be the team's left-handed setup man.

Boston obtained Myers from Seattle last August. He was 1-0 with a 1.47 ERA in 25 appearances for the Red Sox.

Myers was 5-1 with a 4.64 ERA overall last year and made 75 relief appearances, sixth-most in the AL. He has made more appearances than any other pitcher in the major leagues since 1996, his first full season.

The acquisition likely ends Byung Hyun Kim's quest to secure the final spot in the Red Sox bullpen.

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