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Brandon Phillips still out of Reds’ lineup Sunday

Aug 5, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

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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 calf strain that he suffered near the end of July. But he is still expected to avoid the 15-day disabled list and should return at some point early this week.

The 31-year-old is hitting .296 with a .793 OPS, 13 home runs and 62 RBI in 92 games this season.

Cincinnati has the best record in baseball and leads Pittsburgh by 5 1/2 games in the NL Central standings.

  1. coachbeck - Aug 5, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    No votto, no Phillips no problem… Sweep sweep sweep

  2. Fink - Aug 5, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    One would think that this news would come from the Cincinnati media, not Pittsburgh’s.

  3. pens5829 - Aug 5, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Nice sweep…. Even with all the efforts of Brian Gorman, the Reds couldn’t Stop A.J. Burnett.

    By the way, I could have sworn I saw Gorman trying to call Cutch out while rounding third today on his 23rd homer of the year? Nice try Brian!

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