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Tim Hudson’s one-hitter spoils Zack Greinke’s 2011 debut

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Tim Hudson pitched his third career one-hitter Wednesday as the Braves roughed up Zack Greinke and beat the Brewers 8-0 in the second game of a doubleheader.

Rickie Weeks was the only Brewer to reach base against Hudson. He doubled in the fourth and walked in the ninth. Hudson retired the other 27 batters he faced, striking out six of them, to move to 4-2 and lower his ERA to 2.86.

Hudson’s previous one-hitters came Aug. 28, 2000 for the A’s against the White Sox and May 1, 2006 for the Braves against the Rockies. It was his 24th complete game and 12th career shutout. Roy Halladay (19) and Chris Carpenter (13) are the only active hurlers with more shutouts than Hudson.

Greinke wasn’t very sharp in his Brewers debut, surrendering five runs — four earned — in four innings. He struck out six and dealt with some less-than-stellar defense, but he missed within the strike zone quite a bit, most notably on Nate McLouth’s two-run homer in the fourth.

The Braves also won the first game of the doubleheader 8-3 and will get to go for a four-game sweep of the Brewers on Thursday.

Zack Greinke named the Dbacks’ Opening Day starter

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 21:  Pitcher Zack Greinke #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks poses for a portrait during photo day at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on February 21, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Not a surprise, but a news item on a slow news day is a news item on a slow news day: Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo has named Zack Greinke as the club’s Opening Day starter.

Greinke’s first season with the Diamondbacks is not exactly what the club hoped for when he signed a six-year, $206.5 million deal in December of 2015. He dealt with oblique and shoulder issues while struggling to a 4.37 ERA over 26 starts. Greinke hasn’t pitched yet this spring, but will make his spring debut on Friday. He and the club are obviously hoping for a quiet March and a strong beginning to the season.

Either for its own sake or to increase the trade value of a player who was acquired by the previous front office regime.

“La Vida Baseball,” celebrating Latino baseball, launches

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A new website has launched. It’s called “La Vida Baseball,” and it’s all about celebrating the past, present and future of Latino baseball from a Latino perspective.

The site, produced in partnership with the Hall of Fame, has four general areas of focus:

  • Who’s Now: Focusing on current Latino players;
  • Who’s Next: Focusing on top prospects here, in the Caribbean and in Central and South America;
  • Our Life: Off-the-Field stuff, including player’s lives, lifestyles and hobbies; and
  • Our Legends: Focusing on Latino baseball history, Hall of Famers and overlooked players.

As the site has just launched there aren’t yet a ton of stories up there, but there is one about Roberto Clemente, another about Felix Hernandez and some other stuff.

The site is much-needed. Baseball reporters for American outlets are overwhelmingly white, non-Spanish speakers. Reporters, who, generally, gravitate to the players who are the most like they are. Which is understandable on some level. When you’re writing stories about people you need to be able to communicate with them and relate to them on more than a mere perfunctory level. As such, no matter how good the intentions of baseball media, we tend to see the clubhouse and the culture of baseball from a distinctly American perspective. And we tend to paint Latino players with a broad, broad brush.

La Vida Baseball will, hopefully, remedy all of that and will, hopefully, give us a fresh and insightful depiction Latino players and their culture.