After a day off, the Reds play the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight in Goodyear. WLW will broadcast the game, which starts at 10:05 ET.

JoeyMVP (.522 OBP) returns after playing for Team Canada in the WBC. The Reds’ first baseman had this to say about his experience (per John Fay): “It was good to be challenged physically — play 18 straight innings, longer games, getting all the at-bats in. I think it was good. It reminded me that I’ve a good bit to go. Thankfully, I got to test the waters. Now, I’ll get back to work and get ready for April 1.”

Other than the missing Brandon Phillips, who is still playing in the tournament, tonight’s is your Opening Day starting eight.

New lead-off hitter Shin-Soo Choo (who, ahem, PLAYS FOR THE REDS) is 8 for 19, has two walks and leads the Reds with seven runs scored. A .476 OBP will do. Here’s a brief interview where Choo discusses, among other things, playing CF for the first time in his major league career. It also shows a few of his past highlights including, of course, hitting a home run off a Reds’ pitcher.

At the opposite end of the successful-spring spectrum, catcher Miguel Olivo is 2 for 17 (.158 OBP).

Here’s Dusty Baker’s lineup:

  1. Shin-Soo Choo 8 
  2. Zack Cozart 6
  3. Joey Votto 3 
  4. Ryan Ludwick 7
  5. Jay Bruce 9 
  6. Todd Frazier 5 
  7. Ryan Hanigan 2 
  8. Emmanuel Burriss 4 
  9. Miguel Olivo DH 

Mat Latos takes the mound for the Reds tonight in his second start of the year. The 25-year-old, who has a tattoo of  Stewie and Brian from The Family Guy on his calf, threw two innings in his first appearance of 2013. He’ll face part of the Dodgers’ starting lineup, including Matt Kemp, Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier,

In other cartoon news, JoeyMVP (well, his voice) will make a guest appearance on The Cleveland Show this Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on Fox.

John Fay reports the Reds first cuts of Spring Training: Optioned to Louisville LHP Tony Cingrani and RHP Daniel Corcino; optioned to Pensacola RHP Kyle Lotzkar and RHP Josh Ravin; optioned to Bakersfield RHP Carlos Contreras and OF Yorman Rodriguez; optioned to Dayton LHP Ismael Guillon; reassigned to minor league camp RHP Nick Christiani, RHP Chad Rogers, C Nevin Ashley, IF Kristopher Negron and OF Ryan LaMarre.

On Thursday, I’m going to post on the Reds financial situation and future payroll, and the implications for fighting the big money stacks in New York and Los Angeles. It’s based on my 2,000-word article “Modern Moneyball” in the Redleg Annual. If you haven’t already, spend the $4 and read it so you’ll be caught up on the discussion.