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Padres take on the Giants in season opener

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - With fan expectations at levels unseen in San Diego since the World Series year of 1998, the Padres Thursday opened their 2015 home schedule at Petco Park against the defending champion San Francisco Giants.

Following a whirlwind of off-season moves, only two of the players in San Diego's starting lineup for Monday's season opener in Los Angeles were with the Padres last year -- first baseman Yonder Alonso and second baseman Jedd Gyorko.

Additions included starting pitchers James Shields and Brandon Morrow; closer Craig Kimbrel; catcher Derek Norris; outfielders Justin and Melvin Upton, Matt Kemp and Wil Myers; and third baseman Will Middlebrooks.

The festivities began with the annual East Village Block Party along J Street near Petco Park, and are set to continue until 7 p.m. It includes live bands and DJs, beverages from Mission and Stone breweries, and chow from local restaurants and food trucks.

Proceeds from the event will help support the East Village Association.

Also before the game, Padres CEO Mike Dee took Mayor Kevin Faulconer on a tour of Petco Park, which had the National League's largest video board installed during the off-season. The Padres also made changes to seating and moved in the left field fence.

Once the contest ends, the Metropolitan Transit System will have additional trolleys to take fans home.

According to the North County Transit District, a special Coaster train will leave the downtown San Diego Santa Fe Depot one hour after the final out. Passengers with Coaster tickets can also ride an Amtrak train that leaves at 9 p.m., and it will make the usual Coaster stops, the agency said.

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