Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Reds unveil 2014 regular season schedule

On Tuesday, the Reds unveiled their 2014 regular season schedule, and it includes no shortage of premier matchups.

Cincinnati will open its season at home (as usual) against arch-rival St. Louis on March 31 at Great American Ball Park. The two division foes will hook up again less than a week later at Busch Stadium.

Aside from the Cardinals, the most notable opponents on Cincy's schedule include the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. The Reds will make a trip to Fenway Park from May 6-7 and Yankee Stadium from July 18-19. The Red Sox will return the favor by paying a visit to Cincinnati from August 12-13.

As part of Interleague Play, the Reds will also do battle against the rest of the American League East Division, traveling to Camden Yards from September 1-4 to play the Orioles, and hosting the Tampa Bay Rays (April 11-13) and Toronto Blue Jays (June 20-22).

Similar to 2013, the Reds will once again play two two-game series against intrastate rival Cleveland for the right to hoist the Ohio Cup. The games will be played over four consecutive days, beginning August 4 at Progressive Field, and wrapping up at GABP on August 7.

Unlike the past, the Reds don't exactly have a long West Coast road trip on the slate. Their longest trip westward includes a trio of games in Los Angeles and a four-game series in Arizona (May 26-June 1). They also play a stretch of seven games in San Francisco and San Diego from June 26 to July 2. However, there are no three-city, nine-game trips to the Pacific Ocean in 2014. This is really good news for a club who has struggled playing that far away from home in recent years.

The final three weeks of the campaign concludes with 19 straight games against National League Central Division opponents, with a six-game homestand versus Milwaukee and Pittsburgh to close out the year.

Here is a look at the complete schedule:

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