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Zito makes most of rain-filled day


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Despite Friday's canceled Cactus League matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Barry Zito gave his left arm the work it needed.

After rain delayed the start of the game for 30 minutes, hail and more showers halted play for 26 additional minutes with two outs in the bottom of the first inning. That prompted manager Bruce Bochy to remove Zito from the game, but it didn't end the left-hander's workday. Having thrown approximately 24 pitches against the Dodgers, Zito went to the bullpen and added about 40 more to his count.

That exceeded the limit of 50 to 55 pitches Zito was prescribed to throw against the Dodgers. But, as he explained, "It's a little different with no adrenaline. You have to turn up the pitch count."

The Dodgers roughed up Zito during his lone inning, scoring three runs on four hits. With two outs and Mark Ellis on first base via a walk, Andre Ethier, Juan Uribe and Yasiel Puig singled consecutively, generating two runs. Alex Castellanos added the fourth hit in a row, a ground-rule double that delivered Uribe.

"I was just missing out over the plate a little bit," Zito said. "They were swinging the bat aggressively."

Boof Bonser relieved Zito in the top of the second inning but faced only two hitters before another downpour prompted the game's conclusion.

Chris Haft 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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