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Reds 2B Brandon Phillips rips reporter before game

Brandon Phillips got testy with a reporter who pointed out his low OBP. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) Reds All-Star Brandon Phillips got testy with a reporter who pointed out his low OBP. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips went off on a reporter before the team's game against the St. Louis Cardinals, after being unhappy about a tweet from a Cincinnati media member that pointed out his low career on-base percentage.

Phillips cursed out C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer after Rosecrans tweeted about the Reds lineup changes.

Phillips has an on-base percentage of .310 this season. Phillips is also hitting .264 with 16 home runs and his 95 RBI are third-most in the National League.

Here is how the exchange went, courtesy of ESPN Radio in St. Louis:

“Hey, Dusty. The (expletive) on the end, he worries about my on-base percentage. You tell him you’d have me bat eighth, he worried about my on-base percentage. The (expletive) over there. Make him happy, Dusty. The (expletive). You talking that negative (expletive) about our team, dog. I found out your Twitter name now, (expletive). It’s a wrap. Just so you (expletive) know. (Expletive).”

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