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Playing in 1,218th game, Orlando Hudson bats cleanup for first time

Aug 9, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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Incredibly enough, the Padres have scored 43 runs in their last four games. Still, they’re giving Orlando Hudson his first career start in the cleanup spot Tuesday against the Mets.

Never in his life has Hudson batted from the fourth spot in the order, even in his appearances off the bench.  His previous 1,165 starts break down like this:

Batting 2nd: 414
Batting 3rd: 239
Batting 8th: 193
Batting 7th: 144
Batting 9th: 82
Batting 6th: 53
Batting 1st: 23
Batting 5th: 17
Batting 4th: 0

Hudson brings a .239/.332/.320 line, three homers and 27 RBI in 259 at-bats with him into tonight’s game.  That the Mets are throwing a left-hander in Chris Capuano is undoubtedly part of the reason Bud Black has decided to hit Hudson fourth tonight.  All three of the switch-hitter’s homers have come against southpaws, and his slugging percentage skyrockets to .386 when he’s batting from the right side.

  1. lessthanittakes - Aug 9, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Playing in their 6,794th game, the Padres are seriously hard-up.

  2. icanspeel - Aug 9, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    What do they have to lose? Well besides the game.

  3. proudlycanadian - Aug 9, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    I am sure that Orlando will not be dogging it tonight.

  4. proudlycanadian - Aug 9, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Unfortunately, that did not last very long. He left the game in the 5 th inning with a strained groin muscle.

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