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Tampa's Span acclimating to West Coast

Tampa Catholic’s Denard Span is in his first year with S.F.

Tampa Catholic’s Denard Span is in his first year with S.F.

SAN FRANCISCO — Denard Span spoke to his mother in Tampa by phone last week and expressed how he still can't quite believe he's playing all the way out west in San Francisco.

"It's getting there. It's starting to sink in," the former Tampa Catholic standout said.

"A couple days ago I was kind of thinking to myself, I really can't believe I'm all the way out here in California playing baseball. I was telling my mom that. I'm a Florida boy, East Coast guy. I'm out here and I'm preparing myself for an exciting season."

Span's parents, Stanley and Wanda Wilson, are traveling from Tampa to be in the stands for their son's home opener with the Giants today against the three-time defending division champion and rival Dodgers.

Jake Peavy will make his 2016 debut for San Francisco against Los Angeles LHP Alex Wood at sold-out AT&T Park.

"It's a beautiful ballpark. All of us are lucky to get an opportunity to have that as our home ballpark," Span said. "The fans are also unbelievable. It's just an exciting feeling to come. I'm used to being on the visiting side."

New Dodgers manager Dave Roberts makes his return to San Francisco, where he played his final two seasons of 2007 and 2008, for his first experience on the other side of this rivalry.

On Saturday, it's the first edition of Clayton Kershaw-Madison Bumgarner after they matched up four times in 2015.

"You look for those matchups, those are marquee matchups," said RHP Matt Cain, the Giants' starter on Friday night. "Those are the ones that you're looking for."

NO PROTEST: The Yankees decided not to file a protest with Major League Baseball over the disputed call that led to Tuesday's season-opening loss to the Astros.

OFFICIAL RESIGNS: Jacqueline Parkes resigned as Major League Baseball's chief marketing officer, a job she has held since 2008.

ANGELS: RHP Andrew Heaney went on the 15-day DL with a flexor muscle strain in his left arm.

NATIONALS: CF Ben Revere went on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain. OF Matt Den Dekker was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse.

ORIOLES: RHP Kevin Gausman, who was diagnosed with right shoulder tendinitis in late March, threw 30 pitches in a simulated game.

PIRATES: INF Jung Ho Kang, who is recovering from September left knee surgery after suffering a torn meniscus and fractured tibia, played five innings of defense in an extended spring game. He could return by the end of April.

RANGERS: Former Rays RH reliever Burke Badenhop agreed to a minor-league contract.

Tampa's Span acclimating to West Coast 04/06/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 10:18pm]
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