ATLANTA -- The Braves and Astros were division rivals from 1969-93, and then had some notable playoffs series in the late 1990s and early 2000s. But Houston's move to the American League in 2013 doesn't seem to carry much meaning for the present Atlanta team -- except for Chipper Jones, who is retiring after this season.
"It will be very strange," the veteran third baseman said of the Astros leaving for the AL West so that there can be two equal 15-team circuits. "But I guess baseball can't keep from tinkering."
Jones is in his 19th season and has a lot of history with the Astros.
"They were our rivals," he recalled. "We had some great battles when they had the Killer B's. I really enjoyed going up against them and I always liked going to Houston."
But Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio are long retired, and the Astros have fallen on hard times since beating the Braves en route to their only World Series appearance in 2005.
"We've only played the Astros a couple of times each season the last few years, so it's hard to say you'll miss them," catcher Brian McCann said. "It almost seems like we've played the Yankees more [in Interleague Play]."
The Braves knocked Houston out of the postseason in 1997, '99 and 2001. The Astros returned the favor in '04 and '05.
The only Braves players other than Jones to be on any of those teams are Tim Hudson and McCann, who both came aboard in 2005.
That was the year the Braves blew a late lead in Game 4 of the National League Division Series at Houston and were eliminated in the 18th inning on a home run by Chris Burke.
Hudson's sights set on career win No. 200
ATLANTA -- Tim Hudson wasn't aware that he was on the verge of his 100th win with the Braves as he mowed down the Houston Astros on Friday night.
"I had no clue," the veteran right-hander said.
That doesn't mean, however, that Hudson has no interest in milestones.
Becoming just the fifth Braves pitcher in the Atlanta era to reach 100 wins with the team was a notable achievement, Hudson admitted. But he is still short of his real goal.
Hudson needs eight more victories to reach 200 for his career, which began at Oakland in 1999.
"I'm definitely going to keep track of that," the 37-year-old said of 200. "It's a milestone to really to be proud of. Who knows, maybe I can get it this season?"
Hudson's 4-1 win over the Astros was his fifth straight and pushed his season record to 11-4. But getting eight more victories with less than two months left might be asking just a little too much.
"At least I have a mathematical chance," Hudson said, breaking into a grin. "I wouldn't bet on it, though."
Hudson was 92-39 in six seasons with Oakland, and is 100-62 since joining the Braves in 2005. He would likely already have his 200 wins if he hadn't missed the equivalent of a full season with Atlanta because of Tommy John surgery.
"I've been fortunate to play on some good teams here and in Oakland," Hudson said.
The other pitchers to reach 100 wins while in Atlanta are Phil Niekro, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz and Greg Maddux.
Wilson continues to have issues throwing
ATLANTA -- When veteran shortstop Jack Wilson went on the disabled list on July 15 with a dislocated middle joint on his right pinkie finger, it was thought that he might be ready to return when the 15 days were up.
But Wilson was limited to serving as the designated hitter in his first seven rehab games for Triple-A Gwinnett, and he is just now seeing action in the field. He played five innings on Thursday and six innings on Friday for the G-Braves at Durham.
"He's still not 100 percent comfortable," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It bothers him to throw."
Wilson, filling in for rookie Andrelton Simmons, was hurt in the first game after the All-Star break, putting the Braves in a bind. But Paul Janish was acquired from Cincinnati to start at shortstop, and Tyler Pastornicky has served as an able backup since being recalled from the Minors.
Simmons, who has a broken right pinkie, may not be back until the beginning of September. But will there be a spot for Wilson with the Braves when his rehab assignment is over?
Gonzalez isn't looking that far ahead.
"By the time he's ready to go, something else will pop up," the manager said.
Wilson, 34, was hitting .169 in 40 games for the Braves, and had a .200 average after his first nine games with Gwinnett.
Peter Moylan, coming back from shoulder surgery, made his first appearance for Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday at Durham. He worked the eighth inning of a 5-3 loss and allowed one run on three hits. He struck out two and walked none. Moylan had appeared in nine games at three lower levels earlier in the season, posting a 1-1 record and 7.20 ERA in 10 innings. He went 2-1 with a 3.24 ERA in 13 games with Atlanta last year before getting injured.
The Rome Braves continued their stunning turnaround by setting a franchise record with their 12th straight victory on Friday, beating Kannapolis, 9-1. The R-Braves lead the South Division of the Class A South Atlantic League at 28-14 in the second half after going 18-52 in the first half for the worst record in the Minor Leagues. Manager Randy Ingle's team got a boost with the addition of six players from the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. Second-round pick Alex Wood struck out eight in five innings against Kannapolis, and 18th-rounder Ross Heffley hit a three-run homer.
Guy Curtright is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.