MESA, Ariz. -- A's comeback hopeful Barry Zito was one pitch away from tucking two scoreless innings in his pocket. But even that one, a low changeup the Cubs' Mike Olt belted for a two-run homer Thursday, couldn't dampen an otherwise encouraging day for the adrenaline-fueled southpaw.
Back with the A's on a Minor League deal and pitching in a game for the first time since 2013, following a year-long sabbatical, the 36-year-old Zito flashed a lively fastball and a mean curve. He also weaved in a changeup that still needs fine-tuning during the two-inning outing, opposed by a brawny Cubs lineup headed by Dexter Fowler, Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro and Miguel Montero.
Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.