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Votto, Phillips receive 2011 hardware

Votto, Phillips receive 2011 hardware

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Votto, Phillips receive 2011 hardware
CINCINNATI -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips and first baseman Joey Votto received their 2011 National League Gold Glove Awards in a pregame ceremony prior to Saturday's game against the Miami Marlins at Great American Ball Park.

Last year, Votto became the first Reds first baseman to win a Gold Glove Award, while it was the third such award in four years for Phillips, who also on Saturday received his Louisville Silver Slugger Award.

"I'm just trying to be the best defensive second baseman I can be," Phillips said. "People see my hard work and how much I've improved. I'm blessed to be one of the players who can win this award."

Votto, who signed a 10-year, $225 million contract extension on Wednesday, has worked hard to improve as a defensive first baseman.

"It's one of those awards that validates all the hard work I've put in to improve part of my game that was a deficiency," Votto said. "Defense is one of those things ... you're supposed to make the plays. I'm trying to make the routine plays and be consistent every day."

Phillips says he takes as much pride in a great defensive play as he does in a big hit. But does Votto feel the same way?

"No, I like my home runs," he said, smiling.

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