The Reds are beginning their the season on an early date due to a new rule that allows for the earlier Opening Day with additional off-days spread throughout the rest of the season. Excluding special season openers at international venues, the earliest Major League start date previously had been March 30.
The Reds will get a day off after their home opener and then play two more games against the Nationals, followed by a two-game home series against the Cubs.
Game times will be announced at a later date.
Cincinnati will play the American League Central in 2018, hosting Interleague matchups against the Tigers (June 19-20), White Sox (July 2-4), and Royals (Sept. 25-26). They will visit the Twins (April 27-29), Royals (June 12-13) and Tigers (July 31-Aug. 1).
The Reds will also have their annual home-and-home series against the Indians, as the rivalry will be a six-game series in 2018. The Reds will travel to Cleveland on July 9-11 and will later host the Tribe on Aug. 13-15.
The Reds end the regular season at home against the Pirates (Sept. 28-30).
Alaina Getzenberg is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis. She covered the Reds on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.