Around baseball: Votto not bothered by Phillips’ comments

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Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto said he understands why second baseman Brandon Phillips questioned his big contract extension during a magazine interview that was released yesterday.

In the upcoming issue of Cincinnati Magazine, Phillips is quoted as saying he is “still scarred” that the front office gave Votto a 10-year, $225 million extension in 2012, when the first baseman still had two years left on his contract.

At the time, Phillips was in his option year and trying to get his own extension. He thought his chances of staying in Cincinnati were gone because Votto got such a big deal, though Phillips wound up agreeing to a five-year extension worth $72.5 million a few days later.

Votto said before the start of a series against the Pittsburgh Pirates that Phillips had talked to him about the matter and he had no problems with the comments.

“Brandon is always totally honest,” Votto said. “He’s been my teammate for six or seven years now, and I love playing with him. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him.

“What he said has nothing to do with me, but what he had to say makes me like him even more. He’s honest. Most players stick to using catchphrases — like I’m doing now — but he will tell you how he feels at that moment.”

Phillips said he was surprised that Votto got such a big contract based on what general manager Walt Jocketty and owner Bob Castellini had been telling him while negotiating his own deal.

“Do I feel like they lied to me?” Phillips said. “If someone tells me they don’t have no money and you find $200 million somewhere, what does that sound like? You tell me.”

Jeter goes on DL

Derek Jeter is back on the disabled list.

The New York Yankees placed their captain on the 15-day DL. He suffered a strained right quadriceps in his first game back last week after being out all season because of a broken left ankle.

The Yankees waited to make a decision, using the four days of the All-Star break for the shortstop to receive treatment.

Jeter, 39, singled on his first pitch in a major-league game this season on July 11, but he left in the eighth inning when his quad tightened in his third at-bat.

LAST NIGHT’S HIGHLIGHT

Rays 8, Blue Jays 5: Ryan Roberts singled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning, and visiting Tampa Bay hit four home runs off Toronto starter Esmil Rogers to win for the 15th time in 17 games.

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