SAN FRANCISCO -- After a broken right ankle with Atlanta last year threatened to end his career, Tim Hudson has emerged as one of baseballs best and most surprising off-season additions. Hudson turned in another vintage performance to start this season, tossing seven innings to lead the San Francisco Giants past the Chicago Cubs 4-0 on Tuesday night. "I couldnt have asked for a better start to my season with a new team, new organization, new teammates," said Hudson, who signed a $23 million, two-year contract with the Giants in November. "I hope they dont think Im going to be this good all year." Hudson (5-2) allowed six hits, struck out five and walked none. The 38-year-old has allowed two earned runs or fewer in nine of his 10 starts, and he has pitched at least seven innings eight times. "Hes getting better with age," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. Buster Posey drove in two runs, and Michael Morse and Pablo Sandoval singled home a run each to help the Giants (33-19) hold on to the best record in the majors. Jeremy Affeldt pitched a perfect eighth and Jean Machi pitched a perfect ninth to close out the Cubs, who will try again to win their first road series since last September in Wednesdays finale. Jake Arrieta (1-1) gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked one but got no support with Hudson on the mound. "Hes a buzz saw," Arrieta said. San Franciscos most reliable starter also might be its most unlikely. In a rotation that includes All-Stars Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner and two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, Hudson has a 1.92 ERA. San Francisco is 5-0 in Hudsons home starts and 7-2 overall. That includes a rain-suspended game in his last start at Colorado, when he allowed one run in three innings coming off a hip injury. Hudson joked that he tricks hitters with "smoke and mirrors" now before admitting that hes just learned to be a better pitcher at this point in his career. He said hes relying more on scouting reports, location and pitching to contact than trying to overpower hitters. "From a command standpoint, this is probably the best Ive been," Hudson said. The three-time All-Star, who turns 39 in July, showed no signs of rust when he returned to the mound at pitcher-friendly AT&T Park. Hudson retired the first eight batters until Arrieta grounded a single up the middle. He allowed two baseunners in the third and a one-out double to Mike Olt off the centre-field wall in the fifth but quickly induced two outs each time. "It was all Hudson. He did a great job," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. Hudson left to a standing ovation from the announced sellout crowd of 41,060 after getting pinch-hitter Chris Coghlan to ground out with a runner on first to end the seventh. San Francisco supplied all the runs Hudson needed in the first, when Angel Pagan singled and scored on Poseys sacrifice fly and Morse hit an RBI single. Posey hit another sacrifice fly to left with the bases loaded in the fifth before Sandovals bloop single extended San Franciscos lead to 4-0. Hudson handled the Cubs the rest of the way. "Hes had quite a career to this point," Bochy said. "Hes got a lot of baseball left." NOTES: Cain, who missed his last start with a strained right hamstring, will throw a bullpen session Wednesday and is expected to make his next start Saturday at St. Louis. ... Cubs reliever Wesley Wright was placed on the paternity leave list before the game, and Blake Parker was promoted from Triple-A Iowa. Parker allowed one hit in one inning of relief. ... Linececum (4-3, 4.55 ERA) starts for the Giants in the series finale Wednesday. The Cubs counter with RHP Edwin Jackson (3-4, 4.94 ERA). Los Angeles Chargers Jerseys China . 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Discount Los Angeles Chargers Jerseys .The league also seems to have a fairly active Twitter account www.twitter.com/bikinihockey that features the description “We provide a positive alternative to the hockey community and a venue for adult female hockey athletes to continue in their sport.Last May, the NBAs Detroit Pistons signed head coach Stan Van Gundy to a five-year contract reportedly worth $7 million per season. And the Pistons havent qualified for the NBA playoffs since 2008-09. And while all coaches are grateful for the money they earn, the National Hockey League by comparison remains well behind the other major sports. Salaries for coaches and general managers in the NHL have always been managed by supply and demand - and the supply always seems to exceed the demand. Rookie coaches and the unemployed have very little leverage, so depending on the market, the owner and the position of the club, theres a significant difference from top to bottom on the salary scale. Some NHL teams insist on confidentiality clauses which forbids coaches from sharing salary information. But to some degree, word still filters from one bench to another. However, not all coaches understand the importance of sharing, which has also contributed to the relative slow growth of standard coaching contracts. That said, Mike Babcock can come up with a number of reasons to stay in Detroit - an organization thats treated him and his family incredibly well over the years. But beyond seeking the best opportunity to win another Stanley Cup, Babcock has earned the right to investigate what the market will pay and perhaps the veteran coach also feels some responsibility to push the benchmark as high as he can for those who follow. The NHL Coaches Association would one day love to see a level of compensation that is relative to annual salary cap increases. Thats not likely to happen, so work will continue on other forms of compensation the league might consider. George Kingston, past president for the NHLCA, is expected to be meet with deputy commissioner Bill Daly next week to further discuss the need for a better pension plan and medical benefits for all non-playing team personnel. While improvements have been made in these areas over the years, coaches, assiistant and associate coaches along with team training and equipment staff are deserving of more.dddddddddddd Some believe that off-ice leadership positions in the NHL are seriously undervalued. Mike Babcock cant change that with the stroke of a pen, but he might be able to move the line a bit. Greening hoping for greener pastures Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray is hoping to dump a contract while doing Colin Greening a favour in the process. Earlier this week, Murray sent a memo to all NHL GMs offering Greening up for trade. Greenings availability has been widely known since the start of the season, but Murrays memo kicks his interest in moving the 28-year-old forward up a notch. Its believed the Senators would be happy with a mid-to-late round draft pick, but moving Greenings contract (which includes the remainder of this season at $2 million, plus $2.75 million next year and $3.2 million in the final year of the deal) is going to be tough. Murray may also want to move some money to bolster a budget that takes a hit by owing former head coach Paul MacLean approximately $2.5 million on the remainder of his contract. Morin on the move? Chicagos Jeremy Morin remains in Rockford on an American Hockey League conditioning stint. Morin was assigned to the IceHogs on Tuesday after an extended stay in the Blackhawks press box. Theres trade interest in Morin (a second-round pick in 2009), with Pittsburgh and Montreal believed to be among the teams intrigued by the possibility. He has been used sparingly by Hawks coach Joel Quenneville, but is young enough that the potential of him developing into a productive top nine winger is reason to consider such a move. Its unclear as to what Chicago wants in return for Morin, but one team has suggested that a prospect might get a deal done. Tune in on Tuesday for the latest on the NHL news and trade front with the latest edition of Insider Trading on SportsCentre and TSN.ca. 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