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Brandon Phillips returns to lineup after four-game absence

Aug 14, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

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As first reported by Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is back in the Cincinnati starting lineup on Sunday afternoon for the first time since suffering a bruised left elbow when he was hit by a pitch last Tuesday.

Phillips, 30, has registered a .287/.333/.424 triple slash line with 11 home runs and 63 RBI in 489 plate appearances this year for the third-place Reds. He is batting third and playing second in Sunday’s series finale against Padres left-hander Wade LeBlanc.

The Reds have won four straight but remain 10 games back of the Brewers in the National League Central.

  1. bigredmachine14 - Aug 14, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Actually, Joey Votto is hitting 3rd. Phillips is in his usual 4 spot.

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