The Reds and Red Sox have barely seen each other over the years -- with only two regular-season series played against each other in 2005 and '08. After all the advanced preparation, this week's series wraps up quickly with a second game on Wednesday.
"The benefit of the system that everyone has access to is that you don't have to see them personally," Red Sox manager John Farrell said on Tuesday. "It is there to use at your disposal. It'll give us a starting point. This is a two-game look. We'll see them later on. You are going to use and employ the info you have. As we have done before, we adjust in-game if that is required."
Boston will visit Cincinnati for another two-game series from Aug 12-13. The Red Sox last came to Great American Ball Park in 2008. The Reds were swept in three games the only other time they played at Fenway Park in the regular season.
Only a handful of active Reds players -- including Brandon Phillips, Brayan Pena and Ryan Ludwick -- had played a game at the historic ballpark before Tuesday night. Several players took a tour of Fenway early Tuesday afternoon while others took a chance to go inside the Green Monster in left field and take pictures.
"It's a little intimate clubhouse, and the walkway from the clubhouse into the dugout is phenomenal," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It's an old tunnel dug out from underneath. It's terrific. Certainly, the history and the great games that have been played here, the big Green Monster, the fans, the changes made to the ballpark and also playing the World [Series] champs, it's a great opportunity to come in here and get this experience.
"We're used to going to Wrigley. We all love going to Wrigley Field, but we go there nine or 10 times a year. Now here we are at Fenway, which some people are doing for the first time or maybe the only time in their career, and it's a great experience, a great environment."
Red Sox: Peavy perfect vs. Reds
While the Reds and Red Sox aren't entirely familiar with each other, starter Jake Peavy has a very good track record vs. Cincinnati from his National League years with the Padres.
Peavy, who is 1-1 with a 2.87 ERA this season, is 6-0 with a 2.14 ERA in 10 career starts against the Reds. That also includes two complete games. It's his best ERA among teams he's faced at least three times, and the second best ERA vs. Cincinnati among active hurlers (minimum 50 innings pitched).
This season, Peavy is coming off back-to-back quality starts. His last time out vs. the Rays, he allowed two runs and three hits over 6 1/3 innings but took a 6-5 loss on May 1.
Reds: Hamilton still day to day
Rookie center fielder Billy Hamilton hasn't started a game since he sprained two knuckles on his left hand on Thursday vs. the Brewers while making a diving catch. Hamilton was re-examined on Tuesday at Fenway Park, but the Reds are not putting him on the disabled list.
Hamilton was unable to swing a bat when he tried out his hand on Tuesday afternoon.
"It's all about the pain," general manager Walt Jocketty said. "There's nothing, from what I understand, more he can do to damage it. It's just being able to tolerate the pain."
The Red Sox still have to be prepared for Hamilton, who is likely available to pinch-run.
"This is a guy who comes along only every so often," Farrell said. "You have to think back to a guy like Rickey Henderson who has stolen the number of bases he has. That is a quick reference to a Hall of Fame player, but when you see a guy steal  bases in the Minors, it is eye popping. The ability to impact the game with his legs is clear. Even though he's not in the lineup [Tuesday], we know that he will factor into things if a pinch-running situation occurs."
• During his third rehab assignment outing, but first with Triple-A Louisville, Reds closer Aroldis Chapman made 33 pitches in only two-thirds of an inning. Chapman allowed five earned runs and four hits with one walk, one hit batter, one wild pitch and one strikeout.
• Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz played in his 2,000th regular-season game in the big leagues on Tuesday.