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Brandon Phillips in middle of altercation

Updated: August 10, 2010, 10:28 PM ET
Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Outspoken Brandon Phillips was in the middle of a first-inning altercation between the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals, who evidently don't appreciate being called complainers.

The second baseman had words with Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina when he came to bat in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night. Phillips removed his helmet, and Molina took off his mask as their exchange escalated.

Both benches and bullpens emptied, but there was nothing more than ...

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