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Giants' Barry Zito picking up where he left off in 2012

  • San Francisco Giants' Barry Zito throws before the fifth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barry Zito made believers out of a pair of former teammates as he tries to build on the success he rediscovered last season.

Zito pitched three shutout innings, Brandon Crawford had three hits and the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Sunday.

"I felt a lot better than I did the last time," Zito said. "My focus was better, my timing was better and I was making more pitches."

The left-hander gave up two hits and struck out two — ex-teammates Cody Ross and Eric Chavez.

"He threw well and was spotting the ball well," Ross said. "He's getting everything over for strikes. When I was there a couple of years ago he threw a lot of balls. It looks like he has confidence throwing strike one. That's the main thing, he's throwing strikes."

Chavez, a left-handed hitter, noticed Zito's breaking ball had more snap to it than the last time he faced him.

"He looks good," Chavez said. "He has late movement that I don't remember him having. It used to be more rolling and now he gets the late movement."

Zito went 7-0 in his last 11 starts last year, and 9-0 over 14 starts including the postseason. The 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner recorded his first winning record in a Giants uniform, with his 15 victories the most since he won 16 games for Oakland in 2006.

"Last year I was tweaking my mechanics a little bit," Zito said. "This year I am working on consistency with my delivery and getting my pitches working."

Buster Posey drove in a run for the Giants. Francisco Peguero had two hits, including a double, and three RBIs.


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