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"It don't matter to us whether we're considered the favorites or not, underdogs or whatever. We don't care about that," Bumgarner said. "We know what we have to go out and do, and that's what we're focused on doing."
The 12:05 p.m. PT game will be available on giants.com in an exclusive video webcast and an exclusive audio webcast.
Bumgarner, who won 18 games in each of the previous two seasons, already has been named San Francisco's starter for the April 4 season opener at Milwaukee. It will be Bumgarner's third consecutive Opening Day assignment.
Brown, a rookie catcher who has shown considerable promise, will serve as Bumgarner's catcher against the Reds. This will mark the first time they've been paired with each other -- not counting playing catch Thursday morning.
Brown caught Jake Peavy and Matt Cain when the veteran right-handers made injury-rehabilitation appearances at Triple-A Sacramento last year. Working with Bumgarner will enable Brown to complete his collection of eminent Giants batterymates.
Brown's eagerly anticipating his meeting of the minds with Bumgarner, who's usually paired with Buster Posey. But manager Bruce Bochy is easing his regulars into game shape instead of rushing their physical progress for no reason at all, other than to finish with the best record in the Cactus League.
Brown said that he's looking forward to "talking strategy" pregame with the 2014 postseason hero "to kind of get a feel for him."
Though regular-season performance and exhibition-game statistics are completely unrelated, Bumgarner happens to own a 3-3 record with a 4.33 ERA against Cincinnati in seven lifetime starts.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.