SAN FRANCISCO -- Brian Wilson stood in left field at AT&T Park on Tuesday, occasionally taking off to chase down a batting practice fly ball. After grabbing one liner, Wilson looked to the seats, spotted a young girl in a panda hat and threw her a souvenir.

It was a scene that played out repeatedly over the first seven years of Wilson's career. But in his eighth season, Wilson is no longer No. 38, having traded it in for 00. And he's traded orange and black for Dodger blue.

Wilson, who signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the rival Dodgers on July 30, wasn't particularly moved one way or the other in his return to AT&T Park.

"There's no negativity," he said. "It's all good."

Before the first game of a three-game set between the Giants and Dodgers, Wilson said he didn't know what to expect from a Giants fan base that made him a cult figure as he piled up 171 saves and recorded the final out of the 2010 World Series.

"I don't have expectations of what's going to happen," he said. "People are going to do what they're going to do. I'll be there to receive it. It's going to be another baseball game, and all will be forgotten tomorrow. It's going to be fine."

It ended up being a mixed bag. There was no noticeable reaction when Wilson jogged down to the visiting bullpen to warm up, but about half the crowd stood and cheered as he entered in the bottom of the eighth. The other half loudly booed.

Wilson's return was a triumphant one. Gregor Blanco looked at strike three, a 91 mph fastball, before Wilson got Angel Pagan to fly out. He dialed it up to 95 mph to freeze Juan Perez before walking slowly back to the Dodgers dugout, eyes fixed straight ahead.

Wilson kept to himself during batting practice, too. Any interactions with former teammates were apparently taken care of earlier this month, when Wilson spoke to Giants manager Bruce Bochy and several team employees during an early workout session at Dodger Stadium.

"That's over and been done with," Bochy said. "It's not something I think about or say that it's odd. There are changes in baseball with everybody. The first time seeing him (in a Dodgers uniform), sure it's a little bit different. Maybe it was odd, but at this point it won't be strange at all."

When Bochy spoke with Wilson in Los Angeles, he told his former closer that he was happy the recovery from a second Tommy John surgery had gone well and happy that Wilson had been able to return to doing what he loves. Wilson said he kept a list of players who had come back from two elbow reconstructions, using it as a motivational aid during a rehab process that lasted from an April 2012 surgery to his August 2013 debut with Los Angeles.

"I've got the breakdown," Wilson said. "The list, it was not very big."

Wilson looks on his way to becoming the most successful pitcher on the list. He has given up just eight hits and one run in 16 appearances for the Dodgers, striking out 12 in 121/3 innings. With his slider and cutter back in form and a fastball that has touched 96 mph, Wilson is well positioned to seek a ninth-inning role in the offseason.

He excelled in the ninth for the Giants, even as he seemed to spend most of his appearances taking days off Bochy's life. Bochy has found a new bearded closer, Sergio Romo, but Wilson said he appreciates the words Bochy had for him when the two crossed paths earlier this month.

"It means I'm not some enemy," Wilson said. "We were a family over there, and what fans don't see is the relationship that a ballplayer has with another ballplayer, the friendships and the bonds that you build. You become a family. You're on the road and play grueling, arduous games. You become close knit and only wish the best for your teammates. That's how I feel about them."

The Giants began the series 18 games behind the Dodgers, but not because of any issues in the ninth. Romo has saved 36 of 41 chances and has a 2.67 ERA. Wilson said he is happy for the new Beard of the Franchise.

"It's nice to see Sergio go in there and get the job done," he said. "They did a great job in signing those key (bullpen) guys: (Jeremy) Affeldt, (Javier) Lopez and (Santiago) Casilla. I always talked about how anybody from that core group could pitch in the ninth."

Wilson was a key part of that group before surgery and largely disappeared after going under the knife for the second time. He returned for the postseason -- frustrating some teammates who felt he was there for the limelight -- and then rehabbed on his own over the offseason. Wilson surfaced at USF in July, throwing to Giants bullpen catcher Billy Hayes and in front of pitching coach Dave Righetti. He signed with the Dodgers shortly thereafter.

A longtime fixture in the Marina District and partner in a bowling alley across from AT&T Park, Wilson wouldn't say if he still has a home in San Francisco.

"I don't have a place anywhere," he said, pushing aside his long, scraggly hair. "I roam."

WEDNESDAY'S GAME
L.A. Dodgers (Ricky Nolasco 13-10) at Giants (Madison Bumgarner 13-9) vs. 7:15 p.m. CSNBA