"It's sort of fresh to see new faces and different teams," Black said. "I like the fact that it does generate interest [with fans]."
The Padres were 5-10 in Interleague Play a year ago and, at one point, had a losing skid of 13 consecutive games dating back to 2008. The streak ended with a victory over the Mariners.
Since Black took over as manager before the 2007 season, the team has gone 6-9, 3-15 and 5-10 against the American League.
"I don't like, from a strategy standpoint, that you don't get a lot of information," Black said of the lack of advance scouting reports on AL teams. " ... But it's the same on the other side."
That the Padres are facing the Mariners, a team they share a Spring Training facility with in Arizona, lessens the level of unfamiliarity.
"It's a little different with the Mariners since we seem to play them 17 times in Spring Training," Black joked.