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Reds release 2010 schedule

Reds release 2010 schedule

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.

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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.

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