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Stubbs moves up to take leadoff spot

Stubbs moves up to take leadoff spot

CINCINNATI -- Among the alterations in Reds manager Dusty Baker's National League Division Series Game 3 lineup was that second baseman Brandon Phillips was moved out of the leadoff spot. Phillips batted second behind center fielder Drew Stubbs, who was moved up from the seventh spot.

"That's the best lineup I could come up with, especially with [Orlando] Cabrera out of there," Baker said on Sunday, before Cabrera was put back in the lineup in the eighth spot. "Plus, Brandon has had a hard time with [Cole] Hamels so far."

Phillips was 2-for-22 (.091) with seven strikeouts during his career in the regular season vs. Hamels, the Phillies' Game 3 starter.


"That's rare for Brandon because he usually hits left-handers well," Baker said.