• Entering Friday's game, the Reds have won 15 of their last 16 games at Wrigley Field. "The good fortune is that I haven't been playing myself, so I can't answer that question, but we've have some success here," Price said. "It's a new year. They've got new leadership on the field with Rick Renteria. They've got some new pieces as well, so I'm sure they come, just like we do, come in to the season with optimism of having a great year."
• Outfielder Skip Schumaker is with the team in Chicago, the first time this season he's joined the Reds for a road trip. Schumaker, who is recovering from a dislocated shoulder suffered March 21, has started to swing the bat. "He's not quite ready to play in games yet, he's still doing a lot of work on getting his shoulder at full strength and getting all the soreness out," Price said. "He's getting better every day. He went from hitting off the tee to getting in the cages and swinging the bat. He's able to take ground balls, he's going [through] all of his throwing stuff, his running. So it's a real positive step."
• The Reds have played a whopping 877 games at Wrigley Field entering Friday, and their .493 winning percentage is second-best among teams that have played at least 200 games here. Cincinnati is 17-3 at Wrigley since 2012.