Hudson's season got off to a strong start, as he turned in seven quality innings in a win over the Nationals, allowing just one run on three hits with a walk and five strikeouts. And now the veteran is returning to a place where he's quite comfortable. In 82 career starts at Turner Field, Hudson has gone 40-23 with a 3.32 ERA. "You should feel more comfortable at home," he said. "It's a really fair park. It's probably a little more of a pitcher's park than a hitter's park. You should be better there than on the road." Hudson retired the final 17 batters he faced in his 2011 debut. "Your first start of the year, you always want to start on a positive note," Hudson said. "It didn't exactly start the way I wanted in the first inning, but it couldn't have ended any better for me. I felt like I locked in pretty good after the first inning and started making some really good pitches. It was just an overall positive game for me. It was a lot of fun." Phillies: A different reception for Lee
It was the return of the conquering hero when Lee made his first start of the season Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. The Philly faithful were quite vocal in their support of Lee, who turned down bigger bucks with the Rangers or Yankees to return to the team that traded him after an NL championship run in 2009. "I gave myself a second walking in to notice that," Lee said of the crowd noise. "I could definitely hear the volume when I was walking in." The Atlanta crowd won't be quite as kind to Lee, but that's to be expected. All Lee hopes is to keep the good vibes going from his first start, in which he struck out 11 while allowing three runs on four hits over seven innings in a victory over the Astros. This will be just Lee's third start at Turner Field in his career. He was 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in the previous two. Worth noting
While Friday's game is a sellout, a batch of $15 standing-room tickets is available through braves.com/tickets. Parking will be by permit only, so fans are strongly encouraged to use MARTA.
Jones is just two hits shy of 2,500 for his career and six RBIs shy of 1,500. He would become the ninth switch-hitter in Major League history to reach the 2,500-hit mark and just the third to reach the 1,500-RBI level. Only one switch-hitter in history has pulled off the 2,500/1,500 feat, and that was Hall of Fame first baseman Eddie Murray (3,255 hits, 1,917 RBIs).
The Phillies lead the NL with seven pinch-hits in the early going. Their pinch-hitters are 7-for-12 thus far.
The Phillies are 130-87 against NL East foes over the past three years.