GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Cactus League has expanded to 15 teams this spring, and that 15th team -- the Reds -- will play their first exhibition game in Arizona on Friday. Cincinnati will host the team with whom it shares Goodyear Ballpark, the Indians, in a 3:05 p.m. ET/1:05 MT game that will be shown on MLB.TV. Fifth-starter candidate Mike Lincoln will start the game for the Reds. Following Lincoln will be two other fifth-spot contenders in Matt Maloney and Justin Lehr. Carlos Fisher, Sam LeCure and Jon Adkins could also see action.
This will be Goodyear Ballpark's second season in existence after the Indians moved west from Florida in 2009. The stadium seats 10,000 fans and includes a grassy knoll and party area beyond the outfield fence. The Reds are playing an intrasquad game on Thursday to get used to the new ballpark. Call it a dry run, of sorts. "We didn't want our first time in the ballpark to be playing the game," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. From 1998-2009, the Reds called Sarasota, Fla., their spring home and the organization trained in one Florida town or another since 1923, with the only exception being the years during World War II.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.