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Reds will open 2020 season with interleague series

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Reds manager David Bell on start of workouts

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Reds play 20 interleague games and 40 divisional games

The Cincinnati Reds will start the 2020 season 120 days later than planned and face a different opponent, but as has been the case in every season since 1991 and in almost every season they have existed, Opening Day will take place at home.

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The Reds will face the Detroit Tigers at 6:10 p.m. on July 24 at Great American Ball Park, Major League Baseball announced Monday evening. A three-game series against Detroit starts a 60-game season in which the Reds will play 40 games against National Central Division opponents and 20 games against American League Central teams.

The Reds end the regular season with another interleague series against the Minnesota Twins.

"We're very excited," Reds manager David Bell said. "Seeing the schedule makes it a little more real. We can start to plan a little bit better and have an idea of what our life is going to be like and where we're going to be for the next several months."

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The Reds would have began the season March 26 — the earliest start date in their history — against the Saint Louis Cardinals if the coronavirus pandemic hadn't shut down spring training on March 12 and delayed the season.

Two games will kick off the 2020 season on July 23. The defending World Series champion Washington Nationals will host the New York Yankees at 7:08 p.m., and the San Francisco Giants will play at the Los Angeles Dodgers at 10:08 p.m. Both games will be televised by ESPN.

The Reds will get six off days between their opener and the end of the regular season Sept. 27. They play 15 straight games before getting their first day off Aug. 10.

Here's the full Reds schedule:

July 24-26: vs. Tigers

July 27-30: vs. Cubs

July 31-Aug. 2: at Tigers

Aug. 3-4: vs. Indians

Aug. 5-6: at Indians

Aug. 7-9: at Brewers

Aug. 10: OFF

Aug. 11-12: vs. Royals

Aug. 13-16: vs. Pirates

Aug. 17: OFF

Aug. 18-19: at Royals

Aug. 20-23: at Cardinals

Aug. 24-27: at Brewers

Aug. 28-30: vs. Cubs

Aug. 31-Sept. 2: vs. Cardinals

Sept. 3: OFF

Sept. 4-6: at Pirates

Sept. 7: OFF

Sept. 8-10: at Cubs

Sept. 11-13: at Cardinals

Sept. 14-16: vs. Pirates

Sept. 17: OFF

Sept. 18-20: vs. White Sox

Sept. 21-23: vs. Brewers

Sept. 24: OFF

Sept. 25-27: at Twins