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Cueto named Reds Opening Day starter

Cueto named Reds Opening Day starter

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- In the least surprising development of Spring Training, Reds manager Dusty Baker made official Friday what was already expected. Ace Johnny Cueto will be the club's Opening Day starter vs. the Angels on April 1.

"It's how we set it up," Baker said. "Johnny was my Opening Day starter anyway. He was my Opening Day starter last year."

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In 33 starts last season, which was tied for the most in the National League, Cueto finished 19-9 with a 2.78 ERA. Over his career-high 217 innings, he walked 49 and struck out 170. He finished fourth in NL Cy Young Award voting.

After the regular season, Cueto suffered a strained oblique during Game 1 of the National League Division Series vs. the Giants. He has had no trouble this spring and is fully recovered. In five games this spring, he has a 7.02 ERA and was roughed up for five runs and five hits over 1 2/3 innings on Thursday vs. the A's. His next spring start is on Tuesday.

Baker also revealed that the Reds' rotation would be Cueto, followed by Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey and Mike Leake.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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