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Brandon Phillips and Reds manager Dusty Baker had a long closed-door meeting before Friday’s game. The subject of those meetings is always confidential.

But it’s clear that Phillips is willing to go back to the leadoff spot.

“I’d love that,” Phillips said. “I just feel like I have more fun hitting leadoff. I feel can play my game all the way and go out and have a good year like I did last year.”

The preseason plan was for Phillips to leadoff. But Scott Rolen’s injuries and struggles forced Phillips back into the cleanup.

“I went into this offseason thinking I was going to be a leadoff man,” Phillips said. “I thought I’d be stealing more bases and doing the things I was doing the second half last year. I really thought that was going to happen. Things didn’t turn out that way.