LAKELAND, Fla. — Tim Hudson is ready to start on opening day for the Atlanta Braves.
Hudson made his final start of spring training in a 6-5 win against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday. Hudson allowed one earned run in four innings.
It will be his third opening day start for Atlanta. The Braves open at home on Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Braves’ staff had a bit of a setback when Jonny Venters pulled himself from the game in the sixth inning with what was called a sprained left elbow.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Venters, who pitched in 66 games last season as a set-up man, is considered day to day.
Hudson ended the spring with a 3.90 ERA, but said he feels fine and is excited about the new-look Braves offense that features B.J. Upton and Justin Upton.
Hudson is also looking forward to knowing that the speedy Upton brothers, along with Jason Heyward should be able to track down plenty of fly balls.
“I feel fine and I have been progressing since the first day,” said Hudson, who was 16-7 with a 3.62 ERA for the Braves last season. “I could still be better, but I made some good pitches today and I am right on track.”
With the new bats in the Braves’ lineup, and the addition of All-Star catcher Brian McCann after he recovers from right shoulder surgery, Hudson said he won’t have to worry about run support.
“We’re going to be tough to beat this year,” Hudson said. “This team is going to put up a lot of runs.”
“We are going to be tough from the top to the bottom of the order,” Hudson said. “You might even see a lot of production from the nine slot.”
Gonzalez has no doubts about Hudson and start of the regular season.
“Hudson is fine,” Gonzalez said. “He’s ready and he’s as ready as he needs to be. He’s fine and ready for opening day.”
The Braves’ Daniel Rodriguez will make his first start of the spring today against the Washington Nationals.
Jeter resigned to starting season on disabled list
Yankees captain Derek Jeter is resigned to starting the season on the disabled list for the first time since 2001.
Jeter is undergoing treatment for his sore left ankle, still recovering from surgery last October. His last game action came as a designated hitter Saturday in a minor league exhibition.
Jeter broke the ankle in the opening game of last year’s AL championship series.
Yankees complete trade for Wells
Vernon Wells’ trade to the Yankees was finalized when New York dealt a pair of minor leaguers to the Angels: outfielder Exircado Cayones and left-hander Kramer Sneed.
The Angels will pay $28.1 million of the $42 million that Wells is owed over the final two seasons of the $126 million, seven-year contract he signed with Toronto.
With the deal, New York surpassed the Los Angeles Dodgers for the highest projected opening day payroll in the majors.
The Yankees also signed first baseman Lyle Overbay to a minor league contract. The 36-year old was released by Boston.
Around the majors
Kyle Lohse and the Brewers completed a three-year contract worth $33 million. ... The Cardinals placed third baseman David Freese on the 15-day DL with a lower back strain. ... Rick Porcello has earned the No. 5 starter’s job in the Detroit Tigers’ rotation, and Drew Smyly will start the season in the bullpen.
Miami 8, Washington 5
Philadelphia 10, Tampa Bay 1
Minnesota 9, Baltimore 5
Toronto 6, Pittsburgh 3
Atlanta 6, Detroit 5
St. Louis 11, N.Y. Mets 4
Oakland 7, Cleveland 6, 10 innings
Chicago White Sox vs. Texas, late
Kansas City 11, Seattle 6
San Francisco 4, San Diego 2
Houston vs. N.Y. Yankees, late
Colorado vs. L.A. Dodgers, late
Cincinnati vs. Chicago Cubs, late
L.A. Angels vs. Arizona, late
Atlanta vs. Washington (ss) at Viera, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
Philadelphia vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
Washington (ss) vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
Minnesota vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
Toronto vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
Miami vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:35 p.m.
Cleveland vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.
Texas vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 3:10 p.m.
San Diego vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.
Colorado vs. Oakland at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m.
Kansas City (ss) vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m.
San Francisco vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.
Houston vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 6:10 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 7:05 p.m.
Chicago Cubs vs. Kansas City (ss) at Surprise, Ariz., 9:10 p.m.