Hudson strong in return from broken ankle, Giants debut

Tim Hudson signed a two-year, $23 million free-agent contract with the Giants over the winter.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — 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.

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.

”I just started last week (on fielding plays),” Hudson said. ”On that first play, I probably could have caught it. I’m just old and slow. He is used to those young, fast pitchers coming over there. It was like trying to take an old, vintage car to a drag race.”