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PIT@ATL: Hudson K's six in return from back surgery

Tim Hudson and Guillermo Moscoso will make their second starts of the season Friday. While Hudson will be looking for more of the same at Coors Field, Moscoso is hoping for anything but a repeat performance.

The Rockies right-hander was roughed up in his season debut last Saturday, giving up six runs on nine hits over five innings in a loss to the Mets. Making an emergency start to replace Jeremy Guthrie, Moscoso struggled in two-out situations, allowing four of his six runs when he had two outs.

"I need to make quality pitches," Moscoso said. "I was trying to do too much when I got two outs and two strikes. It happened twice, in the third and the fifth, with the same guys up. The rest of the guys in the lineup, I did very well against, but those two guys cost me pretty much the game. ... I just have to make adjustments to the guys that made adjustments to me."

Moscoso appeared in 23 games and made 21 starts with the A's last season, but he'll have to prove that he deserves to stay in Colorado's rotation.

"This is all about making adjustments," Moscoso said. "I've got to go deep in the game and give my team a chance to win. We've shown that the bullpen can keep us in the game, and we can hit. The starters just have to get deeper into the game."

Hudson would also like to pitch a little deeper into Friday's game, though he couldn't have asked for much more in his debut last Sunday. The Braves right-hander, making his first start after recovering from back surgery, threw five innings and allowed two runs while striking out six to pick up the victory.

"It felt great to be back out there again," he said Sunday. "I was a little shaky at first, but I finished strong and we got the win."

Braves: McCann fine after being poked in eye
Catcher Brian McCann wasn't in the lineup for the Braves' series finale with the Phillies on Thursday, but it had nothing to do with his getting poked in the eye by teammate Michael Bourn the night before.

McCann, who took the shot to his eye while celebrating his fifth-inning grand slam on Wednesday, was simply getting his scheduled day off and is expected to be back in the lineup on Friday.

"I've got a scratch on the outside of the eye. Just a little discomfort. I'm fine," McCann said before Thursday's 4-0 loss to the Phils. "It was just in the moment. I'll take that every day to get a grand slam."

Rockies: Guthrie making progress
• Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie said Wednesday he hopes to throw off the mound a few times before Tuesday, when he can return from the disabled list. He played catch at 200 feet earlier this week. Guthrie is on the DL with a shoulder injury he sustained while riding his bike to the park.

"It gets better each day," Guthrie said. "The little bit of soreness continues to improve. I haven't talked to anybody that makes those decisions, but if it's [about] how I feel, I'll be pitching."

• Carlos Gonzalez has three home runs in the last two games, all three coming off left-handed pitchers. Four of his seven homers this year have come off lefties.

Worth noting
• Since the start of the 2000 season, the Braves are 29-12 against the Rockies at home, but sport a losing 19-21 record at Coors Field.

• Todd Helton is 10-for-15 with four doubles, a homer and seven RBIs in his career against Hudson. The .667 average is Helton's highest against any pitcher whom he's faced 15 or more times.

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