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When the offseason began, few envisioned the Padres and Brewers as two of baseball’s biggest movers and spenders. Yet the two clubs will open the season on Thursday afternoon at Petco Park — and they’ll do so with a host of new talent.

First baseman Eric Hosmer, who signed a franchise-record eight-year contract with San Diego in February, will take the field at Petco Park for the first time as a Padre Marco Estrada Jersey . He’ll do so opposite former Royals teammate Lorenzo Cain, who signed a five-year deal with Milwaukee. Cain will be joined in the outfield by Christian Yelich, who arrived via trade with Miami.

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When the offseason began, few envisioned the Padres and Brewers as two of baseball’s biggest movers and spenders. Yet the two clubs will open the season on Thursday afternoon at Petco Park — and they’ll do so with a host of new talent.

First baseman Eric Hosmer, who signed a franchise-record eight-year contract with San Diego in February, will take the field at Petco Park for the first time as a Padre. He’ll do so opposite former Royals teammate Lorenzo Cain, who signed a five-year deal with Milwaukee. Cain will be joined in the outfield by Christian Yelich, who arrived via trade with Miami.

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The Bre Men’s Majestic 6 Marcus Stroman Toronto Blue Jays Authentic Scarlet Canada Day Red Jersey wers, a surprise contender in the National League Central last year, already look like a better team on paper than the 86-win squad from 2017.

“Realistically, I don’t think any of Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 25 Marco Estrada Toronto Blue Jays Road Gray Jersey Cheap  us expected to be here this quickly,” said Brewers veteran Ryan Braun. “It’s a good place to be. You want to enter a spring with expectations, and that’s where we are now as an organization. It’s fun, it’s exciting. It’s motivating and inspiring to all of us to know we’re coming into a season with expectations to win.”

With one of baseball’s youngest rosters, the Padres might be a year or two behind the Brewers in their push toward contention. But the Hosmer addition seems to accelerate that path. (Not to mention baseball’s best farm system, according to MLB Pipeline).

“It’s been a blast for me,” Hosmer said. “I almost felt like a rookie in camp, learning new faces. … It’s been fun, it really has. I’m excited to get things going with these guys.”

Thursday’s pitching matchup features Padres left-hander Clayton Richard against Brewers righty Chase Anderson. Anderson posted a 2.74 ERA in 25 games last season, significantly better than Richard’s 4.79 mark over 32 games.

But the Padres believe their veteran sinkerballer will be aided greatly by an improved infield defense. They added shortstop Freddy Galvis via trade with Philadelphia and third baseman Chase Headley in a deal with the Yankees.

Even though both hurlers are past their 30th birthdays, it’s the first Opening Day start for both. Richard called it a “great honor,” and he waxed poetic about the day’s significance.

“The place is full, the sights, the sounds, the smells that we haven’t had for months — it’s a terrific, terrific time,” Richard said. “It’s so America. I don’t know how else to put it. It’s truly special.”

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• Braun will start Opening Day at first base because the Brewers are facing a lefty in Richard. He’s also part of the crowded outfield mix Milwaukee developed by adding Cain and Yelich. Braun got the start at first over the lefty-hitting Eric Thames, who launched 31 homers last season.

“This is a pretty good lineup, man,” Cain said. “There’s a lot of guys who can swing the bat.”

It’ll be Braun’s first Major League appearance at first base.

• This year’s Opening Series marks the first time the Padres a Marcus Stroman Jersey nd Kevin Pillar Jersey  Brewers will square off to begin a season. The Padres own a 21-28 all-time record on Opening Day, while the Brewers are 24-23-1, including a 9-10-1 mark since moving to the National League in 1998. Brewers manager Craig Counsell and Padres skipper Andy Green are winless in two Opening Days apiece. Neither team has won an opener since 2014, when the Padres beat the Dodgers and the Brewers blanked the Braves.

• Legendary closer Trevor Hoffman is slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Petco Park. Hoffman, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in January, spent 16 seasons with the Padres before finishing his career with two years in Milwaukee.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Blue Jays Jersey Red


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