Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A barrage of Reds off-day news and notes

After Monday's disappointing 1-0 loss, the Reds haven't won a meaningful game in over six months. In fact, Cincinnati is currently riding a 7-game losing streak dating back to the end of last season. But let's not let this bring us down. After Tuesday's off day, the Reds will have another crack at winning on Wednesday.

In the meantime, dive into this huge collection of Reds news and notes:

+ Monday marked the first time since 1953 that Cincinnati has been shutout on Opening Day. Their overall Opening Day record now falls to 63-69-1.

+ John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer provides some color on Monday's game by paying a particular focus to Reds manager Bryan Price.

+ Tom Groeschen writes that Yadier Molina is "public enemy number one" in Cincy. It was Molina's solo blast that proved to be the different on Opening Day.

+ Aside from the mistake to Molina, Johnny Cueto was masterful in his season debut. However, there was a scare in the top of the first inning when Cueto was nailed on his left wrist by a line drive off the bat of Matt Carpenter. He shook it off and proceeded to pitch masterfully.

+ Aroldis Chapman says he feels "almost normal" after participating in the Opening Day parade on Monday. He lauded Reds fans for their support and says he's feeling much better. With that said, the southpaw has yet to resume exercising or baseball activities after being struck in the head with a line drive in spring training.

+ Billy Hamilton admits that he had some butterflies leading up to Monday's game. These butterflies coupled with the brilliant pitching of Adam Wainwright led to an 0-for-4 day at the dish for Hamilton.

+ Here's a look at the new Reds Brewery District. It is absolutely magnificent.

+ MLB.com's Maggie Zahneis explains how there's no Opening Day like Opening Day in Cincinnati. It's a shame that MLB no longer holds the tradition of letting the Reds play the first game.

+ According to the results of a new study, the Reds boast one of the most affordable average tickets in baseball at roughly $22.

+ Former Reds GM Jim Bowden warns fans not to sleep on the Reds.

+ Wondering what's new at GABP in 2014? Here you go.

+ Tony Cingrani gets the ball Wednesday on Opening Night. It should be a good time. Here's to hoping the Reds can scratch a few runs across the board and get a win.

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