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SEATTLE -- Catcher Yasmani Grandal was reinstated by the San Diego Padres from the restricted list on Tuesday after missing the first 50 games of the season while serving a suspension for a positive testosterone test. Grandal arrived in Seattle late Monday night and was immediately inserted into the starting lineup for the Padres as they closed out a two-game series against the Mariners. "I think its not nerves, its more being excited," Grandal said. "I think Im going to be even more when we get back to San Diego because you get to play in front of your home crowd. Not nervous, definitely not nervous. Just excited." The Padres optioned catcher John Baker to Triple-A Tucson and designated for assignment infielder Edinson Rincon to clear a roster spot for Grandal. Sitting in the Padres dugout three hours before making his season debut, Grandal said he doesnt feel any extra pressure to show that his performance at the plate last season wasnt the result of what led to his positive test. Grandal said the only people he needs to prove himself to are in the Padres organization. "If I have to prove anything its to the Padres. My job comes first. The Padres are the ones that have me in the major leagues and the ones that made the decisions to bring me up or down," Grandal said. "So do I have something to prove? Yeah, to the Padres." Grandal was part of San Diegos second-half resurgence in 2012, hitting .297 with eight home runs and 36 RBIs in 60 games. Grandal was allowed to play 10 games at Triple-A, where he hit .306 with three doubles and two RBIs in nine games. Grandal apologized to his teammates at the start of spring training and read a statement in which he apologized to fans and the organization. He said the time between the suspension being handed down in November and the start of spring training felt like forever, but since spring training started things have moved quickly. "Next thing I knew I had to go to Iowa," Grandal said. "I had a good time down at spring training. I had to do what I had to do and were here now." Grandal was acquired along with first baseman Yonder Alonso and pitchers Edinson Volquez and Brad Boxberger from Cincinnati for ace Mat Latos in December 2011. He said hes not concerned about the stigma that might come with the suspension and Januarys report by Miami New Times that he appeared in the records of Biogenesis of America LLC, a closed anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Fla., accused in media reports of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs to players. Baseball sued the clinic and its backers and has purchased documents that included players names. "Theres no difficulty. Youre in the major leagues, youre getting another opportunity to prove yourself, to let the team that youre with know that you belong here," Grandal said. "Theres no baggage that you carry around. At the end of the day, youre still playing here." Replica Brazil Jerseys . 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There were no physical problems for Djokovic, but as has been the case over the last few months he produced a patchy display and sluggish start in his win over Dominic Thiem. Novak Djokovic takes on Dominic Thiem at the ATP World Tour Finals The Serb dropped the opening set to the Austrian before eventually rallying to come through with a 6-7 6-0 6-2 victory that blew away the cobwebs and served notice of his intent after he was forced to defend himself in the face of questions over his temperament.Djokovic is not only battling to claim a fifth World Tour Finals title in succession but to reclaim the world No 1 ranking from Andy Murray, and he faces a tough test against Raonic, although he will look to his head-to-head record for inspiration. Raonics hopes will lie with his huge serve as he looks to secure a semi-final spot in London Djokovic has won all 24 matches he has played against his opponents in the Lendl Group and that includes a 7-0 record against the Canadian - who has only ever won one set in contests between the pair.In two meetings this year, the Serb has lost just nine games as his potent return nullified the huge threat posed by Raonics serve at Monte Carlo and in the final at Indian Wells. Highlights of Milos Raonic v Gael Monfils in the World Tour Finals However, both meetings came during Djokovics dominant first half of the season and Raonic will look to take advantage of the Serbs lacklustre second half of the campaign.ddddddddddddThe first match of the evening session which gets underway at 6pm is in the doubles where Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo meet Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi in the Edberg/Jarryd group. 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