by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (6/11/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips only had two hits Monday against the Cubs, but he provided all of his team's offense in a 6-2 win.
Phillips drove in a run in the first inning on a single to right field and then broke the game open with a third-inning grand slam. The home run was Phillips' 10th. He then drove in a run on a sacrifice in the eighth, finishing 2 for 4 with six RBI and a run scored.
Phillips ranks second in the National League with 52 RBI and is batting .293.
Brandon Phillips back in action
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (6/7/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips returned to the starting lineup Friday night against the Cardinals.
Phillips singled in the sixth to extend a modest six-game hitting streak. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored in a 9-2 defeat. He is hitting .435 (10 for 23) with a home run and two RBI during his six-game span.
Brandon Phillips returns against Cardinals
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (6/7/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is back in the lineup Friday against St. Louis, MLB.com reports. Phillips has missed the last four games with an injured forearm, suffered on a hit by pitch June 1 against Pittsburgh.
Phillips is hitting .296/.347/.481 and has really benefitted from hitting behind on-base machines Joey Votto and Shin-Soo Choo. Phillips has parlayed 64 hits in to 45 RBI, in large part to seeing 42 more men on base than the average player with 243 plate appearances, according to Baseball-Reference.
Brandon Phillips on track for Friday return
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (6/5/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is on track to return to the starting lineup Friday against the Cardinals after missing a fourth straight start Wednesday with a sore forearm. However, Phillips is available off the bench.
Brandon Phillips held out a fourth game
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (6/5/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was held out of the starting lineup for a fourth straight game Wednesday against the Rockies because of a sore forearm. Jack Hannahan started at second base in his absence.
Brandon Phillips can hit but not field
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (6/4/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips took batting practice before Tuesday's game against the Rockies, but is unable to participate in fielding drills with his sore forearm. Despite that, Phillips hopes to be back in the lineup Wednesday, or possibly Friday against the Cardinals.
"I told him if he needs me, I can go out there and do my best. I don’t feel 100 percent, but I feel all right," Phillips told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "Catching ground balls, I (stink), I'm not going to lie to you. I couldn't turn my hand all the way over. I have to force my arm over. Playing defense is probably the weakest thing I can do (right now), but I can go up there and swing a bat."
Phillips is likely available to pinch hit or pinch run Tuesday.
Brandon Phillips remains out
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (6/4/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was out of the starting lineup yet again Tuesday against the Rockies, the third game in a row he has missed due to a forearm injury.
Phillips remains day to day due to the injury.
Brandon Phillips held out a second game
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (6/3/2013) As expected, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was not in the starting lineup Monday against the Rockies because of a forearm injury. Manager Dusty Baker said Sunday the veteran was expected to miss 3-4 days.
Cesar Izturis started for a second straight game for Phillips, who is batting .328 (40 for 122) with five home runs, seven doubles, 23 runs and 24 RBI in his last 31 games.
Phillips suffered the injury when he was hit by a Tony Watson pitch in Sunday's game. Phillips said he was worried the arm was broken, but X-rays came back negative. He also said he can't even make a fist with the injured left hand, so he'll need some rest before he's back to full strength.
Brandon Phillips out Sunday with sore forearm
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (6/2/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips will miss Sunday's game due to a forearm injury suffered when he was hit by a pitch in Saturday's game, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Phillips said he thought his forearm was broken when he heard the sound. He said he's still unable to make a fist with his left hand, but X-rays came back clean and Phillips hopes to miss just one game.
Brandon Phillips exits with forearm contusion
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (6/1/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was forced out of Saturday's game against the Pirates after being hit on the left forearm by a pitch in the eighth inning.
Phillips drove in a run on an infield single in the fourth and finished 2 for 3 with an RBI before leaving the game. He was replaced by Cesar Izturis. X-rays on his left forearm came back negative, according to MLB.com.
Brandon Phillips taking advantage of two-strike counts
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/31/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips told MLB.com Friday his new approach when he's facing a two-strike counts has paid off this season.
In fact, Phillips has been the best two-strike hitter in the majors. He is hitting .327 (36 for 110) with two home runs and 21 RBI in two-strike scenarios.
"I'm not afraid to hit with two strikes," Phillips said Friday. "It's one thing I decided to try and do. I wanted to see more pitches. If it's a pitch I can't drive, I won't swing until I get two strikes. I'm trying to be more aggressive in the zone, also. My mission is to drive in runs. I'm just hungry."
Phillips has 15 hits in his last 17 games. He has a .287/.335/.464 with eight homers and 43 RBI in 52 games played.
Brandon Phillips knocks in two against Mets
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (5/22/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips went 2 for 4 in a win Wednesday over the Mets.
Phillips finished with a walk, a double, a run scored and two RBI. His slugging percentage is up to .464, which would be his highest mark since 2007.
Brandon Phillips with over 600 RBI for Reds
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/20/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips picked up two first-inning RBI in New York Monday and now has 601 career RBI with Cincinnati, MLB.com reports.
Only Joe Morgan (612) has more RBI by a Reds second baseman. Phillips' two-run single gives him 38 RBI on the year and a .285 batting average.
Brandon Phillips coming through in the clutch
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has been getting the job done this season with runners in scoring position. He's batting .447 (17 for 38) with a .605 slugging percentage, one home run, three doubles and 26 RBI with runners in scoring position.
Phillips hit .305 with runners in scoring position last season, which included a .238 average with runners in scoring position and two outs. He's batting .357 (5 for 14) with two outs and runners in scoring position this year.
Brandon Phillips continues hot May
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/11/2013) Reds infielder Brandon Phillips had his third multi-hit game in seven May games Friday, and he continues to see the ball well.
Phillips went 2 for 4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs in a 4-3 win over the Brewers. He added a walk while striking out twice.
Phillips is hitting .308 in May, with seven RBI in seven games. He has a .287 average with six home runs, 31 RBI and an .816 on-base plus slugging percentage.
Brandon Phillips with another multi-hit game
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/6/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips had the fourth multi-hit performance in his last eight games Monday night against the Braves. He went 2 for 4 with an RBI in the 7-4 loss.
The 31-year-old doubled home a run in the fourth inning and added a single in the eighth.
Phillips is batting .387 (12 for 31) in his last eight games with a homer and seven RBI.
Brandon Phillips shakes off collision
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (5/6/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips remained in the lineup for Monday's series opener against the Braves after leaving the day before with an undisclosed injury.
Phillips was removed Sunday after colliding with outfielder Shin-Soo Choo.
He is batting .370 (10 for 37) in his last seven games with a homer and six RBI.
Brandon Phillips removed after collision
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/5/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was forced out of Sunday's game against the Cubs after a fifth-inning collision with Shin-Soo Choo.
Phillips was checked out by trainers and remained in the game until the eighth inning when manager Dusty Baker took him off of the field. He finished 1 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI and was replaced by Cesar Izturis.
"He couldn't see," Baker said of Phillips. "I took him out. He said he couldn't see that ball on the sacrifice fly that he hit [in the seventh]. When a guy says he can't see, especially with all the left-handed hitters coming up, the next play would have been to Brandon. We have to protect these guys. There's a long way to go. I think he's OK. We'll see."
Phillips is hitting .281 with five homers and 27 RBI in 121 at-bats. He is hitting .370 with a home run and six RBI in his last seven games. He remains optimistic about returning Monday at home against the Braves.
"I'll be OK. I'm happy we won the game and the (road) series for the first time," said Phillips. "You all shouldn't worry about me. I play hurt all the time. I'll be in there tomorrow."
Brandon Phillips back after day off
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/4/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips returned to the starting lineup Saturday against the Cubs after a rest day in the series opener. Phillips slotted as the cleanup hitter and will look to extend his five-game hitting streak.
Brandon Phillips earns a break
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/3/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was absent from the starting lineup Friday against the Cubs as part of a day off, MLB.com reports. Phillips, who has a five-game hitting streak, was replaced at second by Cesar Izturis and should return Saturday.
"He's playing his butt off. I told him before the series started in St. Louis that I was going to try and get him two days in a row," manager Dusty Baker said. "I hate to [rest him with] the way he's playing."
Brandon Phillips slugs fifth home run
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (5/1/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips hit his fifth home run as part of a 2 for 4 day. The home run, a solo shot off Cardinals closer Edward Mujica, wasn't enough to bring the Reds back as they fell 4-2.
Phillips finished with a run scored and 2 RBI. His slugging percentage rose 37 points to .482.
Brandon Phillips leading Reds in RBI
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/28/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips connected for a two-RBI single in the first inning Sunday at Washington, increasing his team-leading RBI total to 24. Phillips, who finished 1 for 5, is batting .182 (4 for 22) with three RBI in his last six games.
Brandon Phillips hitless streak at three games
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/25/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips went hitless for the third straight time Thursday, going 0 for 3 against the Nationals in his team's 8-1 loss. Phillips is 0 for 10 in his last three games and 1 for 16 in his last four, dropping his season average to .264.
Good time to sell high on Brandon Phillips
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (4/17/2013)Brandon Phillips is off to a hot start for the Reds, hitting .340 with four homers and 16 RBI. Behind those gleaming stats, though, are some warning signs of an impending dropoff.
As I mentioned in a recent column on park factors, Phillips rarely hits homers away from Great American Ball Park, but he's already hit three homers on the road this year. According to the ESPN Home Run Tracker, two of Phillips' homers -- both at PNC Park -- barely had enough distance to leave the park. Meanwhile, Phillips continues to hit grounders at a high rate (52 percent), so let another owner deal with the power drought that is to come.
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/16/2013) After missing Sunday's game due to a personal matter, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips returned to action in Monday's series opener against the Phillies. He went 2 for 4 with two RBI and a run scored in a 4-2 win.
The 31-year-old doubled in the seventh inning before hitting a go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth.
Phillips is batting .340 (18 for 53) with four homers and 16 RBI.
Brandon Phillips away from team
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was absent from the starting lineup for Saturday's game at Pittsburgh due to a family matter, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. It was the first game Phillips has missed this season and there is no indication how long he will be away.
Cesar Izturis took his spot in the lineup against the Pirates.
Two Brandon Phillips homers not enough
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/12/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips connected on two home runs Friday but it wasn't enough to earn his team a win against the Pirates. The home runs were the third and fourth of the season for Phillips, who has a .318/.340/.682 line and 11 RBI in 48 plate appearances.
Brandon Phillips hitting well in four-hole
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/8/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips had another productive day batting cleanup in Monday's series opener against the Cardinals.
The 31-year-old went 2 for 5 with a homer and two RBI. He also walked once and scored twice in the 13-4 win.
Phillips launched a solo shot off starter Jaime Garcia in the sixth inning for his second long ball of the season. He added an RBI double in Cincinnati's nine-run ninth.
Phillips is batting .437 (7 for 16) since being moved to the No. 4 spot in the lineup with five RBI.
Brandon Phillips homers in cleanup spot
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/3/2013) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was moved to the cleanup spot for Wednesday's contest against the Angels and proved to be a run producer. He went 1 for 3 with a homer and a walk in the 5-4 win.
The 31-year-old launched a three-run shot off starter C.J. Wilson in the fourth inning for his first long ball of the season.
Phillips, who batted second in the season opener, has gone 1 for 8 (.125) through two games.
Brandon Phillips dropped to cleanup spot
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/3/2013) Reds manager Dusty Baker rolled out his new lineup Wednesday against the Angels sans Ryan Ludwick, who is expected to miss several months recovering from shoulder surgery. One of the more notable changes was dropping Brandon Phillips from the second to the cleanup spot in the batting order between Joey Votto and Jay Bruce.
Phillips has a career .282 average batting fourth. He also has 69 homers, 85 doubles and 298 RBI in 470 games batting in the cleanup spot.
Brandon Phillips' appeal is fading
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/26/2013) I'm having a hard time digesting Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips' spring numbers. He's batting .250 (8 for 32) with no homers and a .375 slugging percentage in 12 spring games. I don't want to put a lot of stock in it because it's a small sample size, but Phillips didn't hit all that well either when he was playing for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. He hit .269 (7 for 26) with no homers and an RBI in six games.
I think Phillips is no longer a must-have Fantasy second baseman. He still has good pop for a second baseman, but there are other upside players I would take over Phillips, including Jose Altuve, Jason Kipnis and Aaron Hill. I think Fantasy owners will be satisified with Phillips' production in 2013 because second base is thin. He's just not the must-have player he once was.
Phillips pegged for two-hole
(1/29/2013) Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told MLB.com on Tuesday that with the offseason acquisition of Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Votto expected back healthy, Brandon Phillips will likely bat second in 2013. "Brandon will be successful wherever you put him," Jocketty said. "He's a good athlete. But he has a chance to be very successful batting between Choo and Joey. He'll be surrounded by hitters that can help him flourish."