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SAN FRANCISCO – Tim Hudson is headed back to the Bay Area.

The San Francisco Giants have agreed to a $23 million, two-year contract with the free-agent pitcher, who began his career with Oakland. Hudson had a physical Monday, and team officials said the deal is pending the results of that examination.

Hudson made his major-league debut with the Athletics in 1999 and went 92-39 in six seasons with Oakland, where the right-hander teamed with Mark Mulder and Barry Zito to form a successful “Big Three.”

The 38-year-old Hudson was 8-7 with a 3.97 earned-run average in 21 starts this season for Atlanta. His season was cut short by a broken right ankle that required surgery. The Braves earlier this month declined to make a qualifying offer to Hudson, who won 49 games from 2010 to 2012.

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“I’m pumped,” Giants lefty reliever Jeremy Affeldt said by text message. “Great signing for us. Competitor and innings eater. Knows how to win!”

Hudson was hurt July 24 in New York when the Mets’ Eric Young Jr. inadvertently stepped on the back of the pitcher’s lower right leg while Hudson covered first base.

San Francisco, which missed the playoffs this year after winning the World Series in 2010 and ’12, is seeking another starter to join Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Tim Lincecum in a rotation that loses Zito and perhaps free-agent Ryan Vogelsong.

Cain, Bumgarner and ex-Washington Husky Lincecum are each signed for at least the next two seasons.


Carlos Ruiz, 34, and the Phillies have agreed to a $26 million, three-year contract that will keep the former All-Star catcher in Philadelphia, two people familiar with the negotiations said.

Alex Rodriguez’s grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game suspension resumed with the first of what could be 10 straight days of sessions in New York. The New York Yankees’ third baseman was suspended Aug. 5 for alleged violations of the sport’s drug agreement and labor contract.

The sides spent their ninth day before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.

• Former All-Stars Omar Vizquel — an ex-Mariner — and Wally Joyner will be part of new Detroit manager Brad Ausmus’ coaching staff with the Tigers.

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