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By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Phillips reaches 1,000 hits with Reds
CINCINNATI -- Second baseman Brandon Phillips notched hits in his first two-at-bats on Sunday vs. the Marlins. The second hit, a rolling single up the middle in the bottom of the second inning, gave Phillips his 1,000th hit as a member of the Reds.After the bottom of the second, fans at Great American Ball Park gave Phillips a loud ovation when his milestone was revealed on the scoreboard. "I didn't know what they were clapping for, honestly," Phillips said. "I really knew nothing about it. I'm not the type of person that worries about career stats and stuff like that. I try to perform for my team and my family. But it was beautiful for the fans to show their love to me. It meant a lot."
Phillips is the 28th player in Reds history to produce 1,000 hits.
The second baseman, 30, was acquired by Cincinnati in a 2006 trade that sent Minor Leaguer Jeff Stevens to the Indians. Only 89 of Phillips' 1,089 career hits did not come in a Reds uniform.
Masset progressing from sore shoulder
CINCINNATI -- Reds right-handed setup man Nick Masset appears to have shown some improvement with his sore right shoulder. Masset started the season on the 15-day disabled list because of the injury that came down during Spring Training."He told me he was feeling a little better. I just talked to him a couple of minutes ago," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He said he was going to go check with the people and see what he can do and what he shouldn't do." Masset, who has not pitched in a game since March 22, is eligible to be activated on Tuesday. But he'd likely need to get some innings in a Minor League game before he is ready to return.
Ryan Ludwick was given the start Sunday in left field because of his track record vs. Marlins starter Carlos Zambrano. Ludwick came in batting .375 (9-for-24) with two home runs and five RBIs vs. Zambrano. The Reds sold out their first two games of the season for the first time since 1969.