Tim Hudson will be Atlanta's Opening Day starter

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Tim Hudson tuned up for his Opening Day start with six scoreless innings and Justin Upton hit a towering home run to lead the Atlanta Braves over the Washington Nationals 4-3 on Thursday night.

Before the game, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Hudson would make his third Opening Day start for Atlanta.

Hudson came into the game with a 5.40 ERA this spring. He allowed six hits, struck out five and walked none while throwing 45 of his 65 pitches for strikes.

Upton’s homer leading off the sixth inning against Nationals starter Dan Haren cleared the scoreboard in deep left-center field. It was his fifth homer of the spring and gave him 17 RBI in 20 games. Haren allowed eight hits and four runs in 51/3 innings.

Hudson will start at home on April 1 against Philadelphia. Paul Maholm and Kris Medlen will follow in the three-game series.

Mike Minor will start against the Chicago Cubs at home on April 5 and rookie Julio Teheran will complete the Braves’ rotation.

DODGERS: Shortstop Hanley Ramirez is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday on his injured right thumb and is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks.

The Dodgers said Thursday that an MRI indicated that a ligament in the former Augusta GreenJackets’ thumb was torn.

Ramirez suffered the injury Tuesday night while playing for the Dominican Republic in its victory over Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic championship game.

YANKEES: Derek Jeter has played his last preseason game this spring, but that does not preclude the 38-year-old shortstop from being on the field when the club opens its regular season against the Boston Red Sox on April 1.

It does, however, preserve the right of the Yankees to place him on the disabled list, backdated to March 22, if it’s determined Jeter needs more time to recover from the setback he experienced this week while rehabbing his surgically repaired left ankle.


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