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SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Hudson walked to the dugout after an impressive eight-inning performance in his Giants home debut and hardly realized 42,000 people were celebrating him with a roaring ovation. Aaron Ramsey Jersey . "Honestly, I thought they were cheering for the mid-inning song," Hudson said. Nope. Michael Morse hit a two-run single to back Hudson as each made memorable home debuts with their new team, and Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer for San Francisco in a 7-3 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday. Hudson (2-0) shut down the D-backs for the second time in seven days with an eight-inning gem in his first outing at AT&T Park since agreed to a $23 million, two-year contract in November. He credits nice weather in Phoenix and the Bay Area in allowing him to work deep into the game his first two starts, a far cry from the heat and humidity he faced in Atlanta the past nine years. "Definitely Ill take these first two starts," he said. Belts drive off Trevor Cahill (0-3) gave him five homers and the Giants a majors-leading 12. New Giants left fielder Morse emphatically pumped his fist at first base after a third-inning single, then added a two-out double in the fifth. San Francisco scored four runs with two outs. Belt became the first Giants player since Jose Cruz Jr. in 2003 to hit five home runs through the first eight games. Nearly nine months after ending his 2013 season with a broken right ankle, Hudson followed up 7 2-3 scoreless innings at Arizona last Wednesday with another strong outing. He allowed three runs -- two earned -- and seven hits with four strikeouts and no walks in a 101-pitch performance. "Its hard to pitch better than he did the first two starts," manager Bruce Bochy said. Hudson stayed strong into the late innings, getting through a perfect, seven-pitch seventh with six strikes and a trio of groundballs. It was Hudsons longest outing since also tossing eight innings on June 26, 2012, with the Braves against the D-backs. He is still working to build up his fitness and stamina to avoid fatigue. "Its been a long road for me to get here," Hudson said. "Im just thrilled to be back out there pitching and competing, feeling somewhat healthy. I couldnt ask for a better start to the year." Arizona has now dropped four openers this season. The Diamondbacks lost in Australia to the Dodgers, at home to the Giants, and at Coors Field. "Can we get one more in?" D-backs manager Kirk Gibson quipped. Mark Trumbo failed to homer, ending his streak of games with home runs at four, which tied the club record. He also lost the ball in left-centre on Morses double. Brandon Crawford followed with a two-run single. "We had our chances," Gibson said. "We werent able to hold them down. We werent able to get the big two-out hits like they did." Cahill, who received no runs of support in his first two starts, gave up five runs and eight hits in 3 2-3 innings. Brandon Hicks earned the start at second base for the Giants and had a first-inning error that led to Arizonas first run. NOTES: Angel Pagan doubled, singled and scored twice and has an eight-game hitting streak to start the year. ... The Giants won their sixth straight home opener and are 12-3 opening AT&T Park. ... San Francisco plays its first 22 games against the NL West. ... Belts nine homers against Arizona are his most against any team. ... A moment of silence was held for former Padres broadcaster Jerry Coleman, ex-pitcher Justin Miller and former athletic trainer Barney Nugent. ... The first-pitch temperature of 73 degrees was the warmest for a Giants home opener since the club moved West in 1958. ... A pair of Scotts threw out ceremonial first pitches -- Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott and SFBatkid Miles Scott. In November, Scott -- a young boy who has battled leukemia -- took over the city as his favourite superhero to save Gotham through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Gareth Bale Jersey . -- Crystal Webster avoided elimination at the 2013 Capital One Road to the Roar Olympic pre-trial curling tournament with an 8-5 win over Amber Holland on Thursday. Blank Wales Jersey . Vargas (8-3) allowed four singles and two walks while striking out five, allowing only two runners from a diluted Twins lineup to reach second base. Mike Moustakas and Jarrod Dyson hit RBI singles in the second inning against Kevin Correia (4-10), and that was all Vargas needed.PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Trail Blazers had the perfect recipe for a record shooting night -- nice ball movement, open shooters, a good rhythm, and one of the NBAs worst teams as an opponent. "We were feeling it," Wesley Matthews said after Portland set franchise and league 3-point records in a 130-98 win over the struggling Utah Jazz on Friday. Matthews scored 24 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 points and 15 rebounds for the surging Blazers, who have won four straight and 15 of 16. Portland made 17 of 23 shots from 3-point range for 73.9 per cent, an NBA record for a team with at least 20 attempts, according to basketball-reference.com. Portland also surpassed its previous franchise mark of 16 3-pointers. Damian Lillard added 21 points and Nicolas Batum had 13 for the Blazers. Alec Burks had 16 points to lead the Jazz, who trailed by as many as 42. They have lost 10 of 11 games on the road this season. Gordon Hayward, Jeremy Evans and John Lucas III scored 10 apiece. "It wasnt a lack of effort," Hayward said. "It just started to snowball on us." With the best record in the Western Conference, the Blazers (17-3) have been one of the NBAs most surprising teams. After winning only 33 games last season, Portland has more than half that total. And after beating Indiana and Oklahoma City in their last two games, the Blazers have even received some national notoriety, including being the subject of a New York Times feature story Thursday. Aldridge has scored 20 points or more in all but four games this season. He was serenaded with chants of "MVP! MVP!" after putting up 38 points and 13 rebounds in Portlands 111-104 win over the Thunder on Wednesday. Portlands sharp jump shooting has required opponents to respect the outside shooters and not spend so much time containing Aldridge inside, which has led to his increasing dominance. "Last year I was getting doubled a lot. Theres a lot more 1-on-1 play now," he said. Joe Ledley Wales Jersey. While the Blazers are leading the West, Utah (4-17) is in the basement. The Jazz entered with the least potent offence in the conference at 91.2 points per game. Utah shot just 41 per cent Friday but it was defence that left coach Tyrone Corbin shaking his head. The Jazz were outscored 39-22 in the first quarter and 40-13 in the third. "If you give up 40 points in a quarter and 30 points in a quarter, its like youre not even on the floor," Corbin said. Utah point guard Trey Burke struggled to contain Lillard early and scored seven points in 16 minutes. Burke, a rookie from Michigan, has given the Jazz a lift since moving into the starting lineup over the past seven games, and Utah is 3-4 during that stretch. There was talk of a "trap game" in the Portland locker room before the game, and the Blazers were wary of a letdown. It was clear from the beginning that wouldnt happen. The Blazers led by as many as 17 in the first quarter and, other than a lag when the Jazz cut the lead to 48-40 in the second, controlled the whole game. Lillard scored all his points in the first half and the Blazers led 67-56 at the break. They scored the first 10 points of the third and extended their lead to 89-59 by the middle of the quarter. Portland led 107-69 entering the final period. "I think we came out and took care of business," Dorell Wright said. "They made their run in the second quarter, and I think we responded well in the second half as far as coming out and getting stops and making our shots." NOTES: Batum wrote "R.I.P. Madiba" on his sneaker as a tribute to Nelson Mandela, the South African leader who died Thursday at 95. ... The teams play again Monday in Salt Lake City. ... Jazz F Marvin Williams (heel) did not make the trip and was replaced by Enes Kanter in the starting lineup. ... Portlands previous season high for points was 118 in overtime against Toronto on Nov. 17. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '

 

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