"It gives me a world of confidence," Hoover said. "I have confidence in myself. Last year obviously wasn't a year in how I would draw up a year for me. This is a new year. Last year is the past. I don't care about it. I'm moving on."
Hoover gave up a leadoff single off his glove by Sean Rodriguez, but he retired his next six batters in a row. In the top of the 11th, Hoover got three groundouts from the toughest part of Pittsburgh's order -- Josh Harrison, Gregory Polanco and Andrew McCutchen. Last season, that didn't happen enough. In 54 games, Hoover was 1-10 with a 4.88 ERA. After the first win came the 10 straight losing decisions, setting a franchise record. He also tied a Reds single-season record for losses among relievers and allowed 13 home runs with 31 walks over 62 2/3 innings.
"He came off a rough year, and people don't tend to want to let him forget it," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "For us to be successful, we have to have a seven-man bullpen that's performing. That's a great way for Hoov to start the year. We're very familiar with his successes in 2012 and 2013, and should anticipate similar results in 2015."
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