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3/6/2014 6:52 P.M. ET

Hudson shows off his strikeout ability

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Though it was only a Cactus League game, Tim Hudson demonstrated during his three shutout innings Thursday against Cincinnati that he still can record a strikeout when he needs one.

Hudson ended the second inning by fanning Jason Bourgeois with a runner on first base. He then struck out Ramon Santiago and Chris Heisey back-to-back in the third inning to strand Reds on first and second.

During Hudson's first three Major League seasons, he averaged 8.7, 7.5 and 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings, respectively. Since then, he has topped the 6.0 mark just four times in 12 years -- though he has accomplished that twice in the last three years.

"Obviously, early in my career I [had] a lot more swings and misses," Hudson said. "Now I'm trying to get some quicker outs."

Twelve players reassigned to Minor League camp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Giants began their early-spring housecleaning Thursday by reassigning 12 players to Minor League camp, including right-hander Kyle Crick, the organization's top prospect.

None of the moves was unexpected.

Besides Crick, whose lone spring appearance was a two-inning outing in a "B" game Monday against the Cubs, the Giants reassigned right-handers Clayton Blackburn, Chris Heston, Jose Casilla, Sandy Rosario and Rafael Dolis, catchers Jeff Arnold and Ben Turner, outfielders Mac Williamson and Javier Herrera, left-hander Ty Blach and infielder Joe Panik.

The Giants also optioned first baseman Angel Villalona to Triple-A Fresno.

With Minor League camp in full swing, these players will have the opportunity to perform without sharing the field with Major Leaguers.

"It's that time," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's getting hard to get these guys the work and the at-bats they need."

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.