Matt Harvey is dominant. Frank Francisco is drunk?

The Mets are playing out the string at this point, but at least they’re keeping things interesting. Matt Harvey limited the Reds to one run in 7 2/3 innings and struck out eight in the Mets’ 8-4 win on Thursday. He also had a two-run double off Homer Bailey in the contest. Frank Francisco put…

Alfonso Soriano says Starlin Castro needs to “concentrate more on the game”

Starlin Castro wasn’t the only member of the Cubs who made mistakes in yesterday’s loss to the Reds at Wrigley Field. In fact, the Cubs committed five errors for the first time since 2006. But the 22-year-old was the focus after the game. Castro, who has a history of mental lapses, committed a fielding error…

Cubs hit new low, commit five errors in loss to Reds

The Cubs snapped their eight-game losing streak by beating the Reds on Thursday, but they returned to typical form Friday, committing five errors in a 10-8 loss to Cincinnati. Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, Josh Vitters, Brett Jackson and Welington Castillo all had miscues on a very windy day at Wrigley Field. The Cubs had five…

Brandon Phillips still out of Reds’ lineup Sunday

From Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette comes word that Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is out of the starting lineup again for Sunday’s series-finale against the Pirates. Wilson Valdez will get the nod in his place, batting seventh against Bucs right-hander A.J. Burnett. Phillips hasn’t started a game this month due to a left…

Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

There’s apparently no stoppin’ the mighty Redlegs. Backed by Todd Frazier‘s timely hitting and another outstanding performance by the National League’s top bullpen, Cincinnati rolled to its fifth consecutive victory Saturday night at Great American Ball Park. Joey Votto has been sidelined since July 15 due to knee surgery and Brandon Phillips hasn’t started a…

Brandon Phillips could return to action over the weekend

Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was removed from Tuesday’s game against the Padres because of a left calf strain and later told reporters that he was going to be out of commission ”a while.” But there is suddenly reason for optimism. According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Reds manager Dusty Baker said Wednesday night that…

And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

Pirates 5, Cubs 0: A rejuvenated A.J. Burnett came into a Wrigley Field with the wind blowing in from center against a Cubs team hours off of a significant selloff and tossed a one-hitter. Oh, and Neil Walker drove in all five Pirates runs. Rays 8, Athletics 0: James Shields pitched a very relieved “oh [...]

Brandon Phillips could land on DL with calf strain

Brandon Phillips came back and played Monday after leaving Sunday’s game with a cramp in his left calf, but it appears he made the injury a whole lot worse tonight.’s Mark Sheldon has the quotes from the Reds second baseman: The calf is no bueno right now. I tried to play [Monday] because the…

The Three Vottos

The Reds beat the Rockies 7-2 on Sunday to extend their winning streak to 10 games. They’ve also won eleven of 13 games since losing their star hitter, Joey Votto, to an injury. They played this well as three batters stepped up to replace Joey’s production.

Brandon Phillips may be the best, with a .383/.412/.617 slash line since Votto went down. He played in all 13 games, driving in 12 runs as seven of his 18 hits went for extra bases. Ryan Ludwick owns a .342/.405/.763 line with four doubles and four home runs in 12 games. Drew Stubbs rounds out the trio with a .333/.400/.583 line, scoring 12 runs and driving in 13. Like Votto, they are hitting for average, getting on base, and hitting for power.

Offense can’t do it all, and the Reds rotation stepped up as well. They are 9-2 in the streak with a 3.35 ERA. They’ve only allowed seven home runs and 24 walks while striking out 65. They’re averaging 6 1/3 innings per start.

All of these number represent a very small sample size. If a small sample is going to help, however, the Reds players picked the right time to show their best.

And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Red Sox 3, White Sox 1: All Cody Ross does is hit three-run homers. The walkoff one here was his third in two days. Mets 9, Nationals 5: David Wright his a two-run and a three-run homer. He’s like a poor-man’s Cody Ross! R.A. Dickey is the first player in the NL to notch 13 [...]

And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

Red Sox 3, White Sox 1: All Cody Ross does is hit three-run homers. The walkoff one here was his third in two days. Mets 9, Nationals 5: David Wright his a two-run and a three-run homer. He’s like a poor-man’s Cody Ross! R.A. Dickey is the first player in the NL to notch 13 [...]

Cincinnati Reds News: Brandon Phillips Returns, Miguel Cairo, Frustrated Bats

Bruce, Votto have faith bats will find life The Reds’ profound hitting skid to start the season has felt infinite to frustrated fans. For the hitters actually going through it, it hasn’t been fun either. But they have optimism that it will end.

Phillips returns to lineup for DC finale Following a five-game stretch out of the starting lineup because of a cramp in his left hamstring, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was back on Sunday vs. the Nationals.

Reds being cautious with ailing Cairo Reds utility infielder Miguel Cairo remained day to day Sunday with a strained left hamstring. Cairo was injured trying to score from second base in the second inning on Saturday vs. the Nationals.

Reds and Phillips not close on extension

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips will make $12 million next season, thanks to the option that the team exercised on Oct. 31. But the two sides would like to make the three-time Gold Glove winner’s stay last a little longer than that. reports that GM Walt Jocketty met with reps for Phillips during the general manager meetings in Milwaukee this week, but a new deal isn’t imminent.

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Reds’ Phillips out five days

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was hit on the left elbow by a pitch Tuesday night and is now saying that he’ll be out for five games as a result, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

“X-rays were negative,” Reds Manager Dusty Baker said, according to the paper. “It was right on the tip of the elbow. It might be a couple of days.”

Now the Reds will be without their starting second baseman as well as disabled-list residents third baseman Scott Rolen and shortstop Zack Cozart all at once.
The Reds are currently 10 games back in the National League Central and 12 back in the National League wild-card race.

Source: Cincinnati Enquirer, Yahoo Sports

Reds’ Phillips leaves game with sprained right ankle

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips left Saturday’s 11-4 loss to Chicago with a sprained right ankle.

In the fourth inning, Reed Johnson led off with a high pop fly to shallow center field. Phillips tracked back to make a play on the ball and was able to get his glove on it, but center fielder Drew Stubbs was also charging down and his slide to avoid the collision wound up clipping Phillips’ right ankle.

Phillips laid on the field for several minutes and was examined by the medical staff, but he stayed in for the rest of the inning.

However, after the Reds batted in the top of the fifth, Miguel Cairo moved from third base to second and Todd Frazier took over at third as Phillips was taken out of the game.

“I’m all right, I’m living,” said Phillips. “It doesn’t feel too good and I don’t like feeling like this, but that’s where I am right now. I was just told to keep off it for now and keep it elevated so it won’t swell up on me.”

He is listed as day-to-day.

Source: The Sports Network

Brandon Phillips using Twitter to connect with fans

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It’s a Friday afternoon in late March, and Rachel and Dave Zahniser sit nervously in a hotel lobby, their eyes darting, looking to the door constantly. Is this real — will their host show? And how are they supposed to act if he does?

Rachel clasps her hands as Dave shakes his head, thinking about how, in the early-morning rush to the airport, he forgot his cellphone in Kentucky. “Stupid,” he says. Rachel and Dave, huge Cincinnati Reds fans, are waiting for second baseman Brandon Phillips to walk through that lobby door.

Phillips paid for the couple to fly from Covington, Ky., put them up at the hotel and got them game tickets after Rachel won a trivia contest Phillips hosted on his Twitter page. The tweeted question: “What’s my favorite drink?” Rachel, knowing Phillips doesn’t drink alcohol, guessed correctly first: milk. #Winner.

A few hours later, @DatDudeBP began following her on Twitter, and they began sending direct messages to one another. Phillips promised game tickets and that he would hang out with the couple off the field. Rachel, 38, and husband Dave, 46, flew in on this Friday morning, went straight to the spring training game and found their seats behind the Reds’ dugout.

Phillips won’t play in the game, and the couple will not even see him at the ballpark. But a few hours later, Phillips calls Rachel and tells her to meet him in the hotel lobby. Just after 6 p.m., Phillips, alone, walks through the sliding doors and greets both of them with an enormous smile.

“Y’all hungry?” he says as he embraces them.

Meet Brandon Phillips: a two-time Gold Glove winner and All-Star for the Reds who, in baseball circles, has carried questions about his dedication to the game and questions about whether he’s a good teammate because of how he plays and what he says.

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