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Zito working to eliminate spring inconsistencies

Zito working to eliminate spring inconsistencies

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Barry Zito wasn't thrilled about his one-run, 3 1/3-inning performance Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds, nor was he overly concerned.

San Francisco's No. 4 starter will receive at least four more Spring Training starts to eliminate the inconsistencies with his command. If nothing else, the left-hander continued to build stamina in the Giants' 9-5 Cactus League triumph by throwing 70 pitches.


"It's not ideal not to finish four innings with 70 pitches, but it's better to get that work in now," said Zito, who yielded five hits and escaped a Reds threat when Ryan Ludwick hit a one-hop smash that third baseman Joaquin Arias turned into an inning-ending double play in the third inning.

Chris Haft is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.