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  1. Brandon Phillips gets hit in head, leaves game

    Jun 27, 2012, 2:42 PM EST

    Brandon Phillips

    Three innings after getting hit in the head during Aramis Ramirez‘s attempted steal of second base, Brandon Phillips left Thursday’s game against the Brewers. It was termed a precautionary move, suggesting that Phillips is expected to be fine. Miguel Cairo took over at second base for the Reds. Phillips had an RBI single the half-inning…

  2. The final NL All-Star balloting update before the teams are set

    Jun 26, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

    All Star Game Logo

    There’s still time to vote, but if it ended now, the NL All-Star team would look like so. Changes to possible starters: Ryan Braun pulled ahead of Melky Cabrera for the third outfield slot, reversing last week’s reversal. Otherwise, the same old same old, with the changes only affecting downballot stuff: CATCHER Buster Posey, Giants:…

  3. NL All-Star balloting update: Melky in, Braun out

    Jun 19, 2012, 6:40 PM EST

    Bochy's Angels?

    Just like in Monday’s AL balloting update, one spot in the National League projected All-Star lineup changed hands this week. Melky Cabrera moved ahead of Ryan Braun into third place in the outfield. Cabrera is deserving based on his performance this season, but one can’t help but notice that Giants fans have been awfully generous…

  4. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 15, 2012, 5:40 AM EST

    Dusty Baker, Brandon Phillips

    Reds 12, Indians 5: One in a bunch of lopsided Thursday games. Brandon Phillips simply abuses Indians pitching as a rule and he did so again yesterday, driving in four. And he likes it too. He said after the game: “Deep down, it feels good to beat up on the Tribe.” Michael Brantley extended his hitting…

  5. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 14, 2012, 6:22 AM EST

    Matt Cain, Buster Posey

    Giants 10, Astros 0: A simply unbelievable night for Matt Cain.  As we noted last night, this was among the best games ever pitched in the history of baseball. Perfection is one thing. Doing it while striking out 14 is dominant perfection.  And don’t try to diminish it by saying “hey, it was the Astros.”…

  6. This week’s NL All-Star voting update

    Jun 12, 2012, 3:30 PM EST

    All Star Game Logo

    Biggest move: at catcher, where Buster Posey has passed Yadier Molina.  The results: Catcher Buster Posey: 1,713,839 Yadier Molina: 1,576,199 First Base Joey Votto: 2,108,725 Lance Berkman:851,373 Second Base Dan Uggla: 1,341,088 Brandon Phillips:885,250 Third Base David Wright: 1,358,992 Pablo Sandoval:1,103,650 Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki:1,200,256 Rafael Furcal: 1,183,096 Outfield Matt Kemp: 2,589,464 Carlos Beltran: 1,782,831 Ryan…

  7. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 23, 2012, 5:59 AM EST

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    Cardinals 4, Padres 0: Tough break for San Diego to have Adam Wainwright figure it out and throw a four-hit shutout while they were in town, but I really do need them to go on a bad skid right now. I’m taking my kids to their first major league game when we go to San…

  8. Aroldis Chapman is gonna be a setup man forever, I guess

    May 17, 2012, 11:01 AM EST

    Aroldis Chapman Getty

    Danny Knobler has a column up today asking a question a lot of Reds fans have probably been asking themselves for some time: why in the heck is Aroldis Chapman still the Reds’ setup guy? He hasn’t allowed a run all year. He has retired 22 of his last 24 hitters. He has a K/BB ratio…

  9. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    May 15, 2012, 5:54 AM EST

    Bryce Harper, Nick Hundley, Larry Vanover

    Nationals 8, Padres 5: Bryce Harper golfed one more than 400 feet to straightaway center for his first ever major league homer. He also struck out on four pitches to Joe Thatcher and launched a really loud f-bomb. I love him for both reasons, frankly. And I love how the back end of the Nats…

  10. Zack Greinke knocks the Reds down, but John Axford lets ‘em back up

    May 9, 2012, 5:50 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Milwaukee Brewers

    Zack Greinke pitched eight shutout innings against the Reds this afternoon. He allowed only two hits. He struck out 11.  That’ll get you a win most days.  But not today. That’s because Johnny Cueto pitched seven shutout innings himself and had better help from his bullpen and the Fates. The Reds beat the Brewers 2-1.…

  11. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 25, 2012, 6:03 AM EST

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish pitches against the New York Yankees in Arlington, Texas

    Rangers 2, Yankees 0: Yu Darvish finally arrives. Eight and a third innings, ten strikeouts and a big goose egg in the runs column against the best offense in baseball. Rays 5, Angels 0: David Price: five-hit shutout. Albert Pujols: 0 for 4. He has the lowest slugging percentage of anyone in last night’s Angels…

  12. Dusty Baker juggles slumping Reds lineup

    Apr 18, 2012, 6:33 PM EST

    Dusty Baker

    Here’s a look at Dusty Baker’s new idea to break the Reds out of their offensive swoon (they’ve scored fewer runs than every team in baseball besides the Pirates): SS Zack Cozart CF Drew Stubbs 1B Joey Votto 2B Brandon Phillips RF Jay Bruce 3B Scott Rolen LF Chris Heisey C Devin Mesoraco I actually…

  13. Brandon Phillips (hammy) returns to Reds’ starting lineup

    Apr 15, 2012, 11:09 AM EST

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    Because of left hamstring cramps, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips hasn’t appeared in a game since signing his six-year, $72.5 million contract extension early last week. But that will change Sunday in the nation’s capital. According to the Reds’ official Twitter account, Phillips is batting leadoff and starting at second base this afternoon against the…

  14. Brandon Phillips on $72.5 million extension: “I cried … this is the best day of my life”

    Apr 11, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Brandon Phillips sat out yesterday’s game with a sore hamstring, but still had plenty of reason to celebrate after signing a six-year, $72.5 million million contract extension with the Reds earlier in the day. Here’s some of what an emotional Phillips said at the press conference announcing the deal: I cried about this. This is…

  15. Brandon Phillips sits with sore hammy after landing big contract

    Apr 10, 2012, 6:14 PM EST

    Brandon Phillips

    It’ll be a few days before Brandon Phillips gets to start justifying the Reds’ $72.5 million commitment to him. Manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that Phillips would miss three or four days because of a sore left hamstring, the Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Fay reports. Phillips, for his part, said he was ready to play. “His…

  16. Reds sign Brandon Phillips to a six-year $72.5 million extension

    Apr 10, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Jim Bowden reported earlier this afternoon that the Reds and Brandon Phillips had a six-year, $72.5 million contract extension in place.  Now it appears to be done, says Ken Rosenthal. That’s just shy of Ian Kinsler money, so it’s probably about right for the market, even if it seems kind of nuts to go that long with…

  17. Report: Reds offer Brandon Phillips five-year extension

    Apr 5, 2012, 8:55 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM reports that the Reds have offered Phillips a five-year deal in the “neighborhood” of $62.5-65 million. In other words, it’s a shade higher than Dan Uggla‘s five-year, $62 million extension with the Braves from last offseason. 5:20 PM: This morning there was talk…

  18. The Reds offered Brandon Phillips a four-year deal

    Apr 5, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio reports that the Reds are offering a four-year contract extension to Brandon Phillips. Phillips is on the option year of his last deal and I’m sure the Reds would love to keep him, but he’s probably going to get longer offers once he hits the market. Whether those offers…

  19. And so it begins: Reds bench Chris Heisey on Opening Day

    Apr 4, 2012, 9:00 PM EST

    Chris Heisey

    Manager Dusty Baker announced his Opening Day lineup on Wednesday, with Chris Heisey nowhere to be found: 2B Brandon Phillips SS Zach Cozart 1B Joey Votto 3B Scott Rolen RF Jay Bruce LF Ryan Ludwick CF Drew Stubbs C Ryan Hanigan SP Johnny Cueto Another notable absence is that of Rookie of the Year hopeful…

  20. Springtime Storylines: Have the Reds built themselves a World Series contender?

    Apr 2, 2012, 10:47 PM EST

    Dusty Baker, Scott Rolen

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The Cincinnati Redlegs. The Big Question: Do the Reds have the pieces to compete for the 2012 World Series title?…

  21. Report: Reds, Joey Votto agree to 10-year, $225 million deal

    Apr 2, 2012, 6:59 PM EST

    Joey Votto

    Update: It’s a 10-year, $225 million extension, according to USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale. It doesn’t replace Votto’s current contract, so it will run from 2014-2023. If the story is true, it’s the fourth biggest contract of all-time, surpassing Prince Fielder‘s deal with the Tigers. Alex Rodriguez holds the top two places on the list, with…

  22. Reds to meet with Brandon Phillips’ agents next week

    Mar 10, 2012, 6:10 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Brandon Phillips told reporters upon arriving to Reds’ camp last month that he hadn’t spoken with the club about a possible contract extension since December. That’s about to change. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty confirmed to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com this afternoon that he plans to meet with Phillips’ representatives when they arrive in Goodyear,…

  23. Yoenis Cespedes homers, drives in another run in a spectacular spring training debut

    Mar 10, 2012, 4:48 PM EST

    Yoenis Cespedes

    Yes, I know it’s spring training and that spring training doesn’t matter. But I believe in Yoenis Cespedes. I am, officially, a Cespedesphile. Wait. That doesn’t sound quite right. We have time to work on it, though. It’s spring training for wannabe members of the not-yet-invented Yoenis Cespedes fan club, too. Anyway, a full house —…

  24. Brandon Phillips on contract talks with Reds: “I haven’t heard anything”

    Feb 22, 2012, 4:46 PM EST

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    Brandon Phillips arrived at Reds camp today and naturally got some questions about the status of long-term contract negotiations as the second baseman enters his final season before free agency. Phillips told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that the two sides haven’t talked about a deal since “before Redsfest … it’s been a long…

  25. Reds haven’t made progress on Brandon Phillips extension

    Feb 8, 2012, 7:53 AM EST

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    Last we heard, the Reds had tabled long-term negotiations with second baseman Brandon Phillips due to differing opinions on his market value. And it seems not much has changed. Reds GM Walt Jocketty told MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon on Tuesday that the team isn’t any closer to locking up Phillips, who is currently on track to…

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