HOUSTON -- In his first Major League appearance since Sept. 29, 2013, Barry Zito broke a cardinal rule.
After walking Jed Lowrie on a close curveball, Zito lofted another one of his patented low-70s curveballs into Colby Rasmus for a swinging strike to begin his eighth inning at-bat, painting the zone. That cardinal rule, Zito said, dictated his next pitch should be low and away, especially if he threw the same breaking ball.
Chandler Rome is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.