CINCINNATI -- It's never too early to start looking ahead to next year. And that's a bit easier after the Reds released their tentative 2010 season schedule on Tuesday.
Of course, the Reds only open their season in one place -- at home at Great American Ball Park. Opening Day will be Monday, April 5 vs. the Cardinals. It will be the first time since 1994 that St. Louis begins a season in Cincinnati.
All game times are to be determined.
Per recent tradition, it's an unbalanced schedule weighed heavily with games within the division. There will be 78 games against National League Central opponents.
Like this season, Interleague Play features a hybrid of opponents from different divisions -- in 2010 it will feature teams from the American League West and Central.
As part of the Ohio Cup rivalry, the Reds will play in Cleveland on May 21-23 and host the Indians from June 25-27. The Royals will be in town June 11-13.
The Reds will make a West Coast swing to play the Mariners from June 18-20 and the Athletics from June 21-23.
The longest road trip of the season -- 11 games over 11 days from July 1-11 -- will conclude the first half with four games against the Cubs at Wrigley Field , three games against the Mets at Citi Field and four games at Citizens Bank Park vs. the Phillies.
There will be a nine-game West Coast swing through Arizona, Los Angeles and San Francisco from Aug. 17-25. The final road trip will be a 10-day, nine-game swing from Sept. 17-26 through Houston, Milwaukee and San Diego.
The 2010 season concludes at home on Oct. 3 vs. the Brewers.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.