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Zito is Zee Man!

Unless the Athletics are completely clueless in marketing and sales, and they aren’t, Barry Zito will open the season as a starter. For one bright shining moment, imagine the pandemonium when Barry Zito starts his first game at the Oakland Coliseum. After nine years of wandering in the orange-and-black wilderness, Barry will be in an Athletics uniform once again. Ball one! Ball two! Yeah, baby, Z is back! If the right-field maniacs get worked up over Stephen Vogt, what will they do for the Z Man? Start him on Thursday night, April 9 (Throwback Thursday!) against the Rangers in the...
Oakland Tribune Mar 25, 2015

A's notebook: Barry Zito should stick with A's, scout says

The veteran pitcher could generate outside interest, but he might be a great fit for the A's
Zito’s focus in A’s camp is on everything but the future

Zito’s focus in A’s camp is on everything but the future

Barry Zito has shown remarkable focus this spring, and we’re not just talking about the 11 consecutive scoreless innings he’s racked up his last three appearances. While all anyone else wants to talk about with Zito is which club he’ll… Continue Reading →

A’s roster taking shape; why a “good” spring doesn’t factor much

From Chronicle Staff Writer Susan Slusser as0306Barry Zito works in a game earlier this spring. Scott Strazzante/The Chronicle In today’s Chronicle, here’s a breakdown of what the Oakland rotation is very likely to look like to start the season, and the bullpen. The position players look set, too, with Rule 5 player Mark Canha in good position to win the 25th spot. So here, an annual reminder: The Opening Day roster doesn’t really mean that much. Change starts right away. No one is locked into place. But yes, we spend a lot of time during the spring predicting exactly that, the Opening...
McCovey Chronicles Mar 23, 2015

Zito and Uggla in (non-Giants) camp

It's like Sophie's Choice, except it doesn't matter I've got a couple links. Let me just leave them here for you. Is there room for Barry Zito on A's as long reliever?Dan Uggla hitting well, vying for a spot on Nationals roster Let's say, hypothetically, that you have the power to get one of them on his team's Opening Day roster. The other one gets cut. There are no loopholes here; you do not get to not choose and hope they both make it, you do not get to choose someone else (Emmanuel Burriss, come on down!), and I never said anything about a genie, so you certainly do not get to wish for...
Zito creating a nice market for himself each time he throws

Zito creating a nice market for himself each time he throws

Any given spring training game will see scouts from other organizations hanging around, so it can be difficult to tell when teams are interested in a player and when they are just window shopping. The more Barry Zito throws this… Continue Reading →

Barry Zito – what are the odds he’ll make A’s rotation?

From Chronicle Staff Writer Susan Slusser at Maryvale Baseball Park as0306Barry Zito works in a game earlier this spring. Scott Strazzante/The Chronicle Barry Zito looked sensational today – four innings, one hit, no runs. No walks, four strikeouts. And a save. (!!) Zito doesn’t go by results so much, though. He said he felt great his previous times out, in putting up a 7.71 ERA. The quality of the stuff is what’s important, and that has been good so far. He’s hitting his spots consistently. “I look at it but I can’t go off that because it’s not always indicative on my end,”...
Oakland Tribune Mar 15, 2015

Gray, Zito strong in A's exhibition win

Sonny Gray threw four strong innings to start the game and Barry Zito four scoreless innings to close it out as the A's beat the Brewers 5-2
Viva El Birdos Mar 14, 2015

Will the Cardinals hit lefties in 2015?

Despite the fact that the Cardinals will feature a lefty-heavy lineup in 2015, they should have reasonable success at hitting left-handed pitching. Growing up as a Cardinals fan, I would always dread games where the Cardinals were up against a left-handed starter. It was always frustrating to see the likes of Ted Lilly and Barry Zito inexplicably shut down Cardinals hitters on a consistent basis. Perhaps it's hard for me to shake these memories, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Cardinals haven't been that bad against lefties in recent years, especially in the Mike Matheny...
Athletics Nation Mar 12, 2015

Spring Training Game #9: A's Hold 3-2 Lead and Other Spring Musings

In a pitching race that looks for all the world like Graveman, Zito, Pomeranz, Hahn, Chavez, and Bassitt competing for the 3, 4 and 5 starting pitching slots, Kendall Graveman made a statement in his second Spring start, allowing just two hits and a single run in his three innings of work. Meanwhile, the A's offense made three second inning runs stand up for the win. I arrived in Phoenix on Friday afternoon, just in time for Graveman's first start. He was good, nothing flashy or spectacular, but he pitched well. Coupled with today's start, he becomes an interesting candidate for one of the...

Gray over-amped in spring debut but stuff is there, Zito keeps teasing for a spot somewhere

In a numerical quirk, both Sonny Gray and Barry Zito emerged from their spring training outings in Mesa on Tuesday with 7.71 ERAs. Beyond that, their respective future paths couldn’t be more different to predict. For Gray, an inconsistent first… Continue Reading →

Crisp scheduled for MRI today on throwing elbow; Gray, Zito pitch today

Outfielder Coco Crisp will have an MRI today on his strained right lower triceps injury near his right elbow after X-rays proved inconclusive. Results are expected on Wednesday, and while this doesn’t seem to be a serious injury, manager Bob… Continue Reading →
Zito’s next game to be in relief, but another start possible

Zito’s next game to be in relief, but another start possible

Barry Zito reported to the A’s camp Friday morning with no extra residual soreness after making his first start in 18 months. However, he won’t be making another start for Oakland anytime soon. Instead the plan is to have Zito… Continue Reading →

Photo gallery from Barry Zito’s first spring start for A’s

It was A’s 2, Cubs 2, here today but the man of the day was Barry Zito, back on the mound after sitting out 2014. There’s a full story about that on SFGate.com and on SFChronicle.com, and there’s also a lot about Pat Venditte in the A’s notebook on both sites. I’m so crazy about
San Jose Mercury News Mar 5, 2015

A's lefty Barry Zito happy with first Cactus League start

Oakland pitcher Barry Zito works two innings in his first outing; yields two-run homer to Chicago Cubs' Mike Olt as teams play to 2-2 tie.

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