PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Brian McCann hit a grand slam, Tim Hudson
tossed four-hit ball over seven innings and the Atlanta Braves beat
the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0 to spoil Ryan Howard's season debut
Howard doubled in his first at-bat and was 2 for 4 in his first
game since rupturing his left Achilles tendon on the final swing in
a postseason elimination loss to St. Louis last October.
But even with their regulars together for the first time, the
struggling Phillies generated nothing on offense. The five-time
defending NL East champions are a season-worst 11 games under .500.
Hudson (7-4) nearly went pitch-for-pitch with Kyle Kendrick, who
also threw seven scoreless innings and allowed four hits. Kendrick
had five strikeouts; Hudson had none. But Hudson got the W.