ST. LOUIS -- Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips shouted obscenities Wednesday night at a newspaper reporter who commented on the star's sagging on-base percentage.
Phillips directed a short tirade at C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer before the game at St. Louis.
Phillips let loose at Rosecrans in the clubhouse, then interrupted manager Dusty Baker's pregame media session to make a few more comments by sticking his head into the doorway of Baker's office and singling out Rosecrans.
"Hey Dusty, the fat mother f***** on the end is worried about my on-base percentage. Why don’t you tell him, tell him to have me bat eighth and worry about my on-base percentage,” Phillips said to Rosecrans.
Rosecrans began to speak up, saying "I don't care..." but Phillips cut him off.
"“Fat mother f*****. Make him happy, Dusty," Phillips said. "Fat mother f*****. I’m tired of you talking that negative sh** on our team, dog."
"I've found out your Twitter name now, mother f*****, that's a wrap," Phillips finished.
"Took you how many years?" Rosecrans asked of Phillips. "Congratulations."
Phillips shouted a few last obscenities before leaving the room.
Baker remained mostly silent throughout the exchange, saying, "that ain't my deal." Baker added the dispute was between Phillips and Rosecrans.
You can watch the video of the incident below or at http://www.101sports.com/2013/08/28/reds-brandon-phillips-goes-reporter/.
The episode didn't escalate.
Asked about the incident, Rosecrans said: "It's not the first time it's happened in the clubhouse and it's not the last. Brandon had his say and I don't care. It won't change how I cover the team, or Brandon."
Phillips has a .310 on-base percentage for the slumping playoff contenders. He has 95 RBIs and has batted fourth for most of the season, hitting .355 with runners in scoring position.
After the third-place Reds lost 6-1 Tuesday night and fell 4½ games behind the NL Central-leading Cardinals, Phillips tweeted that "it was time to talk to POPS about changing my role! NEED NEW RESULTS ASAP! #ALREADY."
Baker said he didn't mind the tweeting, and Phillips was moved to the second spot for the first time since opening day.
Rosecrans later tweeted that Phillips should perhaps hit somewhere else in the order other than second.
Phillips got off to a fast start in his new slot. He singled and scored in a six-run first inning and singled and scored in a three-run second as the Reds took a 9-0 lead. The final score was 10-0.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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