Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 2/21/13
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GOODYEAR, Ariz. Brandon Phillips isnt parading around the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse holding aloft a placard that reads, Im No. 2.But he is OK with the fact that hell bat second in manager Dusty Bakers order and that if all goes well hell be No. 2 all year, giving him a sense of offensive stability.It hasnt always been that way and thats his own fault because the 31-year-old second baseman has offensive versatility.He has batted fourth. He has batted third. He has batted second. He has batted first.For example, Phillips batted fourth 73 times last year and the team was 43-30. He batted third 43 times when Joey Votto was injured and the team was 29-14. He batted first 28 times when Baker was searching for a leadoff guy and the team was 16-12.He didnt bat second. But thats where hell be this year because left fielder Ryan Ludwick is ensconced in the fourth spot and the Reds acquired leadoff hitter Shin-Soo Choo from the Cleveland Indians.Not many guys have the talent to bounce around ...
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