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Hudson dominant without all of his pitches

Hudson dominant without all of his pitches

PHOENIX -- This fact should bemuse the Mets and Padres: Daniel Hudson shut each club down without his entire repertoire.

Hudson, whom the D-backs acquired in their July 30 trade of Edwin Jackson to the White Sox, has gone 2-0 with a 1.15 ERA in 15 2/3 innings -- essentially by employing his fastball and changeup.

In fact, just three of his 110 pitches in New York on Sunday were sliders. (A fourth was his sweeping curveball, which he won't throw more than two times in a game.)

And in Hudson's 96-pitch outing in Friday's 2-1 win over San Diego, he made a concerted effort to mix in more breaking pitches but still threw only six sliders.

"You just got to work with what you got sometimes," Hudson said of his simple but affective fastball-change combo, "and that's what I've been doing so far this year.

"Those are the best pitches. ... Everybody is going to get a steady dose of that everyday."

His low, three-quarter arm slot adds some necessary deception.

"He's pretty sneaky," D-backs interim manager Kirk Gibson said, "as you can see by some of the swings."

As for the slider, which produced two outs on Friday, including a third-inning strikeout of Tony Gwynn, Hudson said it's a work-in-progress.

"It's there," Hudson said. "It's just inconsistent right now. I just have to get that conviction in it again and throw it with confidence. But [Friday] was a step in the right direction."

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