Reds attempt to split opening series

Reds out to salvage split in opening series

After a day off on Tuesday, the Reds play the final game of a two-game series when they take on the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park on Wednesday.

Newly acquired pitcher Bronson Arroyo makes his regular-season Reds debut. The former Red Sox starter came over in a trade on March 20, and he looked sharp in his final Spring Training outing. He threw seven scoreless innings, including retiring 16 batters in a row at one point, against his old team.

"[The fans] are expecting big things from me," said Arroyo in the clubhouse after the Reds' 16-7 Opening Day loss. "Hopefully, I can deliver for them."

The Cubs will counter with left-hander Glendon Rusch, who pitched both as a starter and in the bullpen last year. The veteran finished a game above .500 last season and struggled against lefties.

Both clubs will look to settle down after a wild opening game that saw a combined 23 runs on 29 hits, two errors and 17 walks between the teams.

Pitching matchup
CIN: RHP Bronson Arroyo (14-10, 4.51 ERA in 2005)
Arroyo is making his regular-season Reds debut. He led Boston with 20 quality starts in 2005.

CHC: LHP Glendon Rusch (9-8, 4.52 ERA in 2005)
A swingman last season, Rusch was 7-7 with a 4.32 ERA in 19 starts. Lefties hit .333 against him.

Player to watch
On Opening Day, Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee, the 2005 National League batting champion, picked up right where he left off, going 1-for-2 with three walks and two RBIs. Lifetime against Arroyo, Lee is 2-for-5 with a walk and one RBI.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• WLW 700-AM

Up next
• Thursday: Pirates (Ian Snell, 1-2, 5.14 ERA) at Reds (Brandon Claussen, 10-11, 4.21 ERA), 7:10 p.m. ET
• Friday: Pirates (Paul Maholm, 3-1, 2.18 ERA) at Reds (Eric Milton, 8-15, 6.47 ERA), 2:05 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Pirates (Oliver Perez, 7-5, 5.85 ERA) at Reds (Aaron Harang, 0-1, 10.80 in 2006 ERA), 1:15 p.m. ET

William Hupp is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.