He incurred even worse damage as a member of the Oakland rotation. Hudson's career numbers at Fenway -- a 7.92 ERA, with 33 hits and 21 walks in 25 innings -- likely result, in part, from patient Boston clubs willing themselves to lay off his low breaking stuff.
But Hudson has not faced the 2007 Red Sox. Only catcher Jason Varitek, with seven hits in 19 at-bats, brings a stellar track record against him into Sunday's game. And yet Boston leads the Majors in walks.
Hudson has pitched his best this season. He could need it on Sunday.
BOS: LHP Kason Gabbard (1-3, 3.51 ERA in 2006)
Gabbard, a late fix for a rotation that has been stretched with doubleheaders and the finger injury to Josh Beckett in recent days, had a 2.70 ERA in four Spring Training starts and a 2.75 ERA in eight starts with Triple-A Pawtucket so far this season.
ATL: RHP Tim Hudson (5-1, 1.77 ERA)
Player to watch
Hudson came into the season in the best shape of his career, and comes into Sunday's game with the Majors' third-best ERA and second-most innings pitched.
Varitek has a .684 slugging percentage in his career against Hudson.
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Monday: Red Sox (Tim Wakefield, 4-4, 2.41) at Yankees (Mike Mussina, 2-2, 5.64), 7:05 p.m. ET
Tuesday: Red Sox (Julian Tavarez, 2-4, 5.59) at Yankees (Chien-Ming Wang, 2-3, 4.54), 7:05 p.m. ET
Wednesday: Red Sox (Curt Schilling, 4-1, 3.57) at Yankees (Andy Pettitte, 2-3, 2.83), 7:05 p.m. ET