Hudson ready for first start at third

Hudson ready for first start at third

CHICAGO -- Based on manager Robin Ventura's pregame comments, Orlando Hudson will be going from no big league experience at third base to the White Sox starting third baseman until Brent Morel returns. Hudson did actually get in at third during the eighth inning of Tuesday's 9-2 loss to the Twins by design, and handled his one chance -- Jamey Carroll's grounder -- flawlessly.

"I said, 'Lord, please, just give me that ground ball, make sure it's not too hot. A nice little roller so I can get my feet under myself,'" said a smiling Hudson of his third-base debut. "A grounder is a grounder, man, whether it's second base, third base or shortstop."

Ventura liked Hudson's aggressive at-bat in the ninth that produced his first White Sox hit. Hudson, meanwhile, simply wants to keep the ball in front of him and make plays behind his pitcher.

That goal was fulfilled during Wednesday's 6-0 White Sox win over the Twins. Hudson made two slick plays, including a barehanded pickup of Ryan Doumit's slow roller and perfect strike to first to nail Doumit by a step in the second inning.

"It was fun," Hudson said. "But I have a long way to go. Just keep working at it."

"He looks fine over there," said Ventura of Hudson. "He wants to show what he's got and prove himself and get that shot."