Grizzlies ready for return

The Grizzlies begin their 20th anniversary season in Fresno Thursday night, opening Pacific Coast League play against the Reno Aces.

Grizzlies' manager Tony DeFrancesco begins his third season at the helm, and 23rd as a manager, with great optimism.

DeFrancesco is excited about the possibilities, saying this may be the most talented team he has managed at the Triple-A level.

The Grizzlies return several players with Triple-A experience and even some with Major League experience.

The season-opening series with Reno is a five-game set at Chukchansi Park.