Posted April 02, 2012 on AP on Fox
Tim Hudson made his first appearance of the spring, allowing an infield single over two innings for the Atlanta Braves in an 8-2 loss to the New York Mets. Ruben Tejada hit a three-run homer and Bobby Parnell allowed two hits over three innings for New York. Hudson went 16-10 with a 3.23 ERA last season, but had back surgery during the offseason and isn't expected back until May. He said he felt fine after his two innings and could have gone further. The Mets scored four runs in the ninth, two on bases loaded walks to Rafael Fernandez and Richard Lucas. Rather than having a starter face an NL East rival, Parnell, who made 60 relief appearances year, started for the Mets. Freddie Freeman and Jordan Parraz homered for the Braves, while Brandon Beachy allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings.

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