Hoffman among Padres to visit Great Wall of China

Updated: March 13, 2008, 3:31 PM ET
Associated Press

BADALING, China -- Building the Great Wall took centuries.

Major League Baseball hopes creating its foundation in China won't take that long.

Baseball's first big pitch began Thursday, an outing by the San Diego Padres to a twisting, hilly stretch of the country's most famous monument just north of Beijing. The Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers practice Friday in Beijing's Olympic baseball venue, with MLB's historic first two games in China on Saturday and Sunday.

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