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Delgado, Prado looking forward to Atlanta return

Delgado, Prado looking forward to Atlanta return

Delgado, Prado looking forward to Atlanta return

WASHINGTON -- For D-backs third baseman Martin Prado and right-hander Randall Delgado, this weekend's series in Atlanta will be a homecoming.

The pair came over from the Braves in the offseason deal that sent outfielder Justin Upton to the Braves, and both will have some added emotions come Friday.

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Delgado will start Friday's game against Julio Teheran, a pitcher he played with during his time in Atlanta's system.

"A little excited, because I'm going to the city where I pitched," Delgado said. "But Martin and I, we want to just go there and play a normal game."

Prado has a much longer history with the Braves, having played with them for seven seasons.

"It's going to be good," Prado said. "There's a lot of people that I know that helped me along the way in my career. I know that it's going to be good to see them and show them my respect. It's emotional, but I think this is something different in my career, and I'm looking forward to playing against my ex-teammates and having a good series."

Prado stays in regular contact with Braves legend Chipper Jones, who will have his jersey retired before Friday's game.

"It's going to be pretty cool," Prado said. "He's a franchise guy and everybody loved him there, so it's going to be special."

Right-hander Zeke Spruill also came over in the trade, but he had not played at the big league level for the Braves.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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