Hudson, Braves ready to face Zambrano and the Cubs

The Braves face the Chicago Cubs tonight in the start of a six-game road trip. Tim Hudson and Chipper Jones talk about tonight's game at Wrigley Field.

The Atlanta Braves (70-54) take on the Chicago Cubs (60-64) tonight at 8:00 pm ET at Wrigley Field.

Atlanta right-hander Tim Hudson will start his 22nd game of the season. Hudson is 9-7 on the year with a 3.45 ERA. In the seven starts Hudson has had since he returned last month from an injury, he has gone 3-2 with a 2.85 ERA, 46 hits in 47.1 innings, 16 runs allowed, 15 earned runs, 10 walks, and 32 strikeouts.

Hudson has never faced the Cubs before in his career.

"We played in Wrigley Field a couple of years ago with Oakland, so I have a pretty good idea of what it's like playing there," Hudson says. "I didn't get to pitch there, but it's going to be exciting. It's going to be challenging, but I'm looking forward to it."

"I'm just glad we ended this homestand on a positive manner to take it on the road. We have a tough series in Chicago and then Milwaukee coming up. So we've just got to go out there and play like we did the last couple of innings (Sunday).

The Cubs will send right-hander Carlos Zambrano to the mound. Zambrano will make his 26th start this season. He's 10-5 with a 3.07 ERA.

"He's a great pitcher," says Chipper Jones. "We missed him when they came here. Hopefully our pitchers can keep it close and we can win another close one."

The Braves start the day three and a half games up on the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League East. The Florida Marlins won their afternoon game today against the Dodgers, so they are now only four games behind Atlanta.

Chicago is eighteen games back of St. Louis in the National League Central Division, but they are six and a half games behind the Phillies in the race for the wildcard.

Tonight's game will be televised by TBS.

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