Reds feature Opening Day-type lineup vs. Cubs

Reds feature Opening Day-type lineup vs. Cubs

MESA, Ariz. -- Friday's Reds lineup vs. the Cubs might bear some resemblance to the one manager Dusty Baker writes out on March 31.

That, of course, is Opening Day, vs. the Brewers.

Cincinnati's order had Drew Stubbs leading off, followed by Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Scott Rolen, Jay Bruce, Jonny Gomes, Ryan Hanigan and eighth hitter Paul Janish.

"It's pretty close. Some lineups are going to be similar to the season. We'll see," Baker said before Friday's game.

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Putting this lineup together was part calculation, part a product of the schedule. Baker rested all of his regulars on Thursday, which was the day after a night game. On Saturday, there are split-squad games.

The regulars played seven innings on Friday, and many are expected to play as many on Saturday.

"Today is a day for these guys to play longer," Baker said. "You're trying to get some endurance and length. Tomorrow you get some more endurance and length back-to-back days."