Giants' Morse, Hudson gear up for home debuts

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 7, 2014 at 3:55 pm •  Published: April 7, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Michael Morse is counting on a comeback season, and the San Francisco Giants fully expect their new left fielder to bring life to a lineup that sure could use some added power.

In seven games, he already has made a noticeable impact. Fans will get their first glimpse when Morse makes his home debut Tuesday at AT&T Park against Arizona. He is a key new face for a franchise that missed the playoffs last season after a special 2012 in which the Giants won a second World Series championship in three years.

Morse is batting .350 (7 for 20) with a homer, five RBIs, five runs scored and a double to help the Giants to an impressive 5-2 start and early lead in the NL West.

"I haven't felt this good in a long time," Morse said. "To play every day, then I know I'm doing something good. Hopefully that helps and contributes to the team and the success we're going to have."

Right-hander Tim Hudson (1-0) takes the ball in the home opener looking to build on a dominant performance his first time out last week, pitching nearly nine months after suffering a season-ending right ankle fracture.

On July 24 in New York, the Mets' Eric Young Jr. inadvertently stepped on the back of the pitcher's lower right leg while Hudson covered first base. He later underwent surgery. Hudson still earned himself a $23 million, two-year contract from San Francisco.

"He had a bad ankle fracture last year, so that was the No. 1 concern this spring and the focus — to see how he bounces back and how he takes care of that thing every day and gets himself ready to pitch," Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti said. "He had a lot of extra work to do, whether it was bunting or running the bases. And between the medical staff and himself, it was able to heal. He's been able to get out there and keep his normal routine, and he's done a nice job. He's had a solid spring and a great first start."

Shutting down D-backs slugger Paul Goldschmidt in San Francisco is another challenge altogether for Hudson.

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