Hughes-Phillips controversy rages on


CINCINNATI — The Reds’ Brandon Phillips doubled down on his charge that Jared Hughes made a racist slur during the game Monday. In an interview with NBC’s SportsTalk, Phillips told Erik Kuselias that Hughes “said what he said” after Phillips was hit by a pitch. Phillips said it was the first time he’d heard a player make a racist comment on the field during a game. When Kesilias pressed Phillips to confrim Hughes made an offensive remark, Phillips paused then said, “He did. That’s what we talked about. If you wnt to know what he said, you should ask him.”

Hughes continues to deny he made any derogatory remarks to Phillips. Today, the Pirates released this statement from Hughes: “In response to Brandon Phillips’ TV interview yesterday, prior to the game, I feel compelled to once again make it perfectly clear that I did not make any comment with a racial undertone or connotation during our exchange on Monday night, period. While I cannot repeat everything that I said because I did swear, it is obvious when reviewing the tape that I in no way, shape or form made any remark that was in any way connected to race. It is not how I was raised and not who I am as a person.”

»»» Gaby Sanchez is batting .327 (17 for 52) since joining the Pirates. He broke an 0-for-7 funk with a two-run homer in the seventh inning last night. It was his third career pinch-hit home run.

Game 142: Pirates @ Reds, 7:10 p.m. ET

Pirates (72-69): 1. Brock Holt 2b, 2. Alex Presley lf, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Garrett Jones rf, 5. Gaby Sanchez 1b, 6. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 7. Clinbt Barmes ss, 8. Rod Barajas c, 9. A.J. Burnett rhp (15-6, 3.68)

Reds: (86-57): 1. Brandon Phillips 2b, 2. Wilson Valdez ss, 3. Joey Votto 1b, 4. Ryan Ludwick lf, 5. Jay Bruce rf, 6. Scott Rolen 3b, 7. Chris Heisey cf, 8. Ryan Hanigan c, 9. Homer Bailey rhp (10-9, 4.03)