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Opening Day Battle of Ohio: Cincinnati Red lose home opener against Cleveland Guardians

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati lost their home opener Tuesday against Cleveland.

Despite scoring four runs in the 6th inning to tie the game, the Reds fell to the Guardians 10-5 after Cleveland scored 6 runs in the top of the 9th inning.

The Reds will play the Guardians again tomorrow with first pitch scheduled for 12:35 p.m.

For only the third time since 1890, the Reds opened the 2022 Major League Baseball season outside of Cincinnati. After lockout delays and schedule changes, Reds fans got the chance to see their team open the home part of their season.

Cincinnati Reds celebrated their Opening Day against the Cleveland Guardians with first pitch scheduled for 4:10 p.m. Tuesday.

Traditionally the Reds open the season at home, as part of being recognized as the first professional baseball team. However, due to the lockout and labor dispute between MLB owners and the players union forced a shift in the league’s schedule.

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The Reds opened the season in Atlanta and took on the defending champions the Atlanta Braves, with the teams splitting the series two games a piece.

Scheduled to pitch for the Reds is Tyler Mahle, who earned an impressive win in the first game of the season, allowing no runs, three hits, and struck out seven over 5 innings in his opening performance.

The Guardians will counter with Shane Bieber, whio missed a portion of the 2021 season due to injury but won the AL Cy Young award in 2020. Bieber gave up three hits, one earned run, and struck out four in his 4.2 inning performance in the Guardians’ season-opening loss at the Kansas City Royals April 7.

The first series of the new season has seen a nice start for Reds shortstop Kyle Farmer, who picked up five hits and four runs batted in during the Atlanta series. He comes into the Reds home opener leading the team in batting average at .357.

Cleveland had an offensive outbreak Sunday beating the Royals 17-3. Centerfielder Steven Kwan enters the game as one of the league leaders in batting average, getting five hits in his five plate appearances in the Sunday win.

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