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WSH@ATL: Hudson dominant en route to 200th career win

After Saturday's game between the Mets and Braves was postponed thanks to rain pouring down on Turner Field all day, the two teams will square off in Sunday's series finale.

Tim Hudson will get the start for Atlanta after notching his 200th career win in his previous outing against the Nationals. The veteran right-hander allowed three hits over seven stellar innings and belted his third career home run in an 8-1 Braves win.

"He was about as good as I've seen him pitch," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said after the start. "I don't think he labored the whole game. It was fun to watch. I know Chipper [Jones] had some milestones last year. But this, for me, might have been one of the most fun ones I could sit back and enjoy."

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Bob Lemon in 1956 was the only other pitcher to hit a home run in the same game in which he notched his 200th win.

"It was a fun game all the way around," Hudson said. "I felt like I threw the ball well. I felt like I was in command of the game throughout the seven innings. You know what? Sometimes if you swing hard, sometimes you hit it. That was the case."

Meanwhile, Jon Niese gets the nod for the Mets looking to keep up his stellar statistics against the Braves.

Niese dominated the Braves last season, going 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA in four starts and holding them to a .175 average.

The left-hander had some of that same magic last Sunday against the Phillies, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits in 6 2/3 innings of work. However, he took his second loss of the season in a 5-1 defeat.

While Niese is 2-2 on the season with a 3.31 ERA, he's managed to toss four quality starts in six outings this season.

Mets: Cowgill optioned
Trying to shake up their anemic offense, New York optioned struggling outfielder Collin Cowgill to Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday and promoted Andrew Brown.

After hitting a grand slam on Opening Day, Cowgill hit just .130 in 18 games. He had not recorded an extra-base hit since April 6 and made a game-changing mistake on defense that led to an extra-innings loss Monday in Miami.

"Maybe one of the worst things that could have happened was to have him walk right out and hit a homer on Opening Day," manager Terry Collins said. "As I told him, I just thought he was over-swinging. When he got on base, he was dangerous. He just wasn't getting on."

Brown has been heating up with Las Vegas, hitting .367 with two home runs in 25 games, with an .882 OPS against left-handed pitchers. He went 0-for-3 in Friday's game with a strikeout.

Braves: McCann does well in rehab game
Serving as the designated hitter for Triple-A Gwinett on Friday night, Braves catcher Brian McCann went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a single in Gwinnett's 6-2 loss to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

In six rehab games between Gwinnett and Class A Rome entering Saturday, he was hitting .364 (8-for-22) with four home runs, nine RBIs and five runs scored.

McCann was scheduled to catch Saturday and will DH on Sunday before joining the Braves in Cincinnati when they kick off their 10-game road trip at Great American Ball Park on Monday against the Reds.

Worth noting
• The Mets and Major League Baseball announced Friday that they will host private screenings of the movie "42" for New York City teenagers involved in YMCA programs. Screenings will take place May 6 at UA Kaufman Astoria Cinemas in Queens and May 13 at BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn, with each showing accommodating 300 teens.

• Braves starter Brandon Beachy is scheduled to throw two more live batting practice sessions. If all goes well, he could begin a Minor League rehab assignment late next week or the early portion of the following week. There is a chance he could return to the Atlanta rotation in the middle of June. Comments