"We all have a lot of confidence that we'll be in the ballgame and that he'll give us a quality start every time out."Opening Day comes with a lot of pomp and circumstance. There are bigger crowds, and more media and dignitaries during pre-game activity. Last season, it was even more magnified with a new ownership in place and President Bush throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. There are likely to be some distractions again for Harang this year. His job is to block them out. "You have to think about it as any other game," Harang said. "I know last year, I was a little distracted because there was so much going on. We had to make some changes to the normal routine with the President there, too. I try not to think about it and look at it as any other game. I'll try to get my routine figured out."
|Reds probable lineup|
|4.||RF||Ken Griffey Jr.|
CIN: RHP Aaron Harang (16-11, 3.76 ERA in 2006)
Harang worked two shutouts last season, which ranked him third in the NL.
CHC: RHP Carlos Zambrano (16-7, 3.41 ERA in 2006)
Zambrano was 3-2 with a 3.76 ERA in six 2006 starts vs. Cincinnati.
Player to watch:
Left fielder Adam Dunn hit .259 with seven home runs and eight RBIs last season against the Cubs. He had more homers against Chicago than any other club in 2006.
Official game notes On television
Wednesday: Cubs (LHP Ted Lilly, 15-13, 4.31 ERA in 2006) at Reds (RHP Bronson Arroyo, 14-11, 3.29 ERA in 2006) 7:10 p.m. ET
Thursday: Cubs (RHP Jason Marquis, 14-16, 6.02) at Reds (LHP Eric Milton, 8-8, 5.19 ERA in 2006 ), 12:35 p.m. ET
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.