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Video: Reds/Cardinals Bench-Clearing Brawl

Tonight, the Reds and Cardinals game deteriorated into a bench-clearing brawl the likes of which we haven't seen in a while. This one was a few days in the making too. Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips launched a verbal attack against the Cards before the game.

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Phillips fouled a ball off his shin Saturday in Chicago and missed Sunday’s game. But he was in Monday’s lineup and said, “I’d play against these guys with one leg. We have to beat these guys. I hate the Cardinals. All they do is bitch and moan about everything, all of them, they’re little bitches, all of ‘em.

“I really hate the Cardinals. Compared to the Cardinals, I love the Chicago Cubs. Let me make this clear: I hate the Cardinals.”

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So when Phillips stepped up to bat, Cards catcher Yadier Molina and he had words ... the benches cleared ... and fists started to fly.

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