Hudson has 2 hitless in return from broken ankle

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 2, 2014 at 5:59 pm •  Published: March 2, 2014
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Right-hander Tim Hudson made his first start since breaking his ankle on July 24, pitching two no-hit innings, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 Sunday.

Hudson, who signed a two-year, $23 million free-agent contract over the winter, threw 27 pitches and struck out a batter. He also helped turn a first base-to-shortstop-to pitcher double play to end the second. He broke his ankle while covering first base against Atlanta.

Left-hander Wade Miley pitched four innings and gave up a run on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts for the Diamondbacks.

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Diamondbacks: Miley made his first start of the spring and looked strong, as he did in the second half of 2013, when he had a 4-3 record and 2.93 ERA in 14 starts. He finished 10-10 with a 3.55 ERA.

"I felt good today," said Miley, who finished second in 2012 National League Rookie of the Year balloting. "There's always a question mark going in, but I was able to throw all my pitches and located pretty well. I was able to knock the rust off."

Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said Miley pitched better after struggling early.

"He was sharp," Gibson said. "I know he's been champing at the bit."

Giants: Hudson was tested on two defensive plays in the second inning.

On the first play, he got over to first base a bit late on a ball hit into the hole between first and second by Eric Chavez, his former teammate in Oakland. The throw from first baseman Brandon Belt was a bit high and went over Hudson's head, ruled an error on Belt.

On the second play, he again covered first on a ball hit to Belt with a man at first. Belt threw the ball to shortstop Brandon Crawford for a force at second, and the return throw to Hudson got Arizona catcher Miguel Montero.

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