Saturday, March 01, 2008

NL West Pitching Updates


Barry Zito struggled in his first season with San Francisco after signing a big contract. His 2008 spring training debut was even worse.

The left-hander gave up eight runs and seven hits against his former team Saturday, failing to get through the first inning in the Oakland Athletics' 23-5 victory over the Giants....

Few teams with playoff aspirations bring more questions into spring training than the Padres. Veteran acquisitions Jim Edmonds, Randy Wolf and Mark Prior have major health question marks surrounding them.

Wolf started Saturday's game against the Seattle Mariners in Peoria, Ariz., with mixed results. He mowed down Ichiro Suzuki and Jose Vidro to start the game, then struggled with his command, alternating pitches off the plate with some meatballs, including a fat first pitch to Mike Morse that produced a two-run single. Failing to get out of the first, Wolf yielded three runs on three hits and one walk in 2/3 of an inning.

Melvin may hit Owings higher in D-backs order (