Posted October 23, 2012 on AP on Fox
From postseason bystander to starting the World Series opener. That's how far Barry Zito has come in two years to resurrect his career. The resurgent left-hander will pitch Game 1 for the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night against Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers. Manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday he will go with Zito, who has turned around his career this year. His stellar outing in a 5-0 victory on Friday night in Game 5 of the NL championship series at Busch Stadium helped San Francisco rally from a 3-1 series deficit against the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals to return to the World Series for the second time in three years. Left off the postseason roster for all three rounds when the Giants won it all in 2010, Zito made a conscious decision to find his way by just plain having fun again - forgetting one bad start and moving on to the next. Whatever he has done to change his mental approach, it has certainly paid off on the mound. It doesn't hurt he now has...
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