Veteran's postseason effort has him hoping he can finish career in San Francisco

  • San Francisco Giants' Barry Zito runs during a spring training baseball workout Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barry Zito scurried from drill to drill on day one with a smile and a pep that showed he's a new man heading into the final year of his mega contract.

He even seemed to enjoy the simple process of shadow throwing, with only a towel in hand and no ball, as San Francisco's pitchers and catchers began spring training on a gorgeous, cool day in the desert at Scottsdale Stadium.

Zito suddenly has some nice momentum, not to mention the swagger that carried over from his comeback 2012 season.

Manager Bruce Bochy has no doubts Zito will stay on a roll after the left-hander delivered two crucial wins during last fall's run to a second championship in three years for the franchise: a victory in Game 5 of the NL championship series at Busch Stadium facing elimination, then in the opener at home of a World Series sweep against the Detroit Tigers.

Zito hopes this year is even better. He would love to stay put beyond this season if all goes well.

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