Same starting five in the rotation. Same back end of the bullpen. Same starting lineup, except for one spot.
On the surface, not much has changed with the Cincinnati Reds, and that's exactly how they wanted it. The NL Central division champions have brought their team back virtually intact for another run at their elusive goal.
Another division title is only an initial goal for a team that won 97 games last season. They're looking way beyond that first champagne celebration.
Instead, they've got their eye on late October.
''I want to get to the next round of the playoffs,'' second baseman Brandon Phillips said. ''I want to start there. Of course the goal every year is to win the ring, but I feel like you've got to take steps.''
The Reds have taken huge steps in the last five years, reconfiguring themselves from perennial also-ran to consistent playoff contender. They went nine years without so much as a winning record, and 15 years between playoff appearances before winning the...