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What's new: Opening the season with an MLB-most eight players on the DL was a bad sign for first-year manager Bryan Price, and it has led to a 3-6 start for the Reds. C Devin Mesoraco and RHP Jonathan Broxton are back, though the Reds are still missing closer Aroldis Chapman and starter RHP Mat Latos, among others. Though not yet hot, they have a potent lineup featuring 1B Joey Votto, 2B Brandon Phillips, OF Jay Bruce and OF Ryan Ludwick, plus disruptive speed rookie OF Billy Hamilton. The rotation is still solid, the bullpen not so much, blowing two saves already.

Key stat: Hamilton stole 395 bases in 502 minor-league games (and was caught 84 times), including 155 in 132 games at the Single A and Double A levels in 2012.

Connections: Rays C Ryan Hanigan and coaches Tom Foley and Dave Martinez are former Reds, senior adviser Don Zimmer is a Cincinnati native. Reds 1B coach Billy Hatcher used to be with the Rays.

Series history: The Reds lead 8-1, the Rays' worst record vs. any team. In the Rays' only previous visit, in 2005, the Reds swept the three-game series and scored 34 runs.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays-Reds preview 04/10/14 [Last modified: Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:41pm]
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