Day off with a purpose
Brandon Phillips is not in the Reds lineup tonight. Pete Mackanin said it was a day off and that Phillips hasn't hit Pittsburgh starter Ian Snell very well. But after Phillips met with Dick Pole, then Mackanin behind closed doors, I figured it had something to do with Phillips not running hard on the two double plays last night. "That might have something to do with it," Mackanin said. Mackanin left it at that. He likes Phillips as a player. He likes the emotion Phillips play with, but that emotion gets the best of Phillips at times.