Padres face Brewers in 2018 home opener

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres face the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday at Petco Park, with former Padres star reliever Trevor Hoffman throwing the ceremonial first pitch, four months before he is inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The pregame ceremony included a jump by the U.S. Navy Parachute Team known as the Leap Frogs and the unfurling of the Holiday Bowl Big Flag, held by sailors from Navy Region Southwest.

The Ceremonial Bell was rung by U.S. Marine Corps Capt. James Henning. The national anthem will be sung by Poway High School graduate Jackie Foster, a contestant on the NBC singing competition "The Voice."

The anthem was followed by a flyover performed by four F-18 Superhornets from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. Navy Petty Officer First Class Yarrick Sharod Conner will perform "God Bless America" before the seventh- inning stretch.

Left-hander Clayton Richard started for the Padres against right- hander Chase Anderson.

Upgrades to Petco Park for this season include a new scoreboard in right field and extended safety nets that reach as high as 24 feet and taper as they move toward the outfield.