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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.

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"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 MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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