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• Laird took another step toward being ready for the start of the season when he was behind the plate for the first five innings of Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Tigers. He is scheduled to play again against the Nationals on Wednesday. This will be the first time he has caught on back-to-back days since March 12-13.

• Tim Hudson allowed one run and four hits in four innings during Tuesday's win over the Tigers. The outing was his final tune-up before Monday's Opening Day start against the Phillies. Hudson has become more encouraged with the arm strength he has had in his past two starts.

• McCann recorded a sacrifice fly and flew out to center field while serving as a designated hitter in Triple-A Gwinnett's Minor League game on Tuesday. It was the first game appearance for McCann, who is recovering from offseason right shoulder surgery. He will not be allowed to begin catching in a Minor League rehab game before April 16.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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