San Francisco Giants 2011: 5 Reasons Why the New Barry Zito Is for Real

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San Francisco Giants 2011: 5 Reasons Why the New Barry Zito Is for Real
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San Francisco Giants fans can expect more starts like the one last Tuesday from Barry Zito.

The southpaw impressed in his first start back from the disabled list, allowing four hits and two runs over seven innings to earn the win.

After four, rocky years of Zito that have ranged from inconsistent to downright awful, the Bay Area is tempering their expectations of the $126 million man.

But Big Z really has turned it around this time. He was throwing the ball great in Fresno and showed the organization he has made some significant adjustments in his time off.

Here are five reasons why the new Barry Zito is for real.

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