SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Barry Zito will be the starting pitcher for San Francisco in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series, Giants Manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday.
Giants teammates credited Zito with turning around the team's fortunes in the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals last week.
Trailing 3-games-to-1 and on the verge of elimination, the Giants got 7 2/3 shutout innings from the left-hander en route to a 5-0 victory to keep their season alive.
They went on to take two more from the defending world champions, claiming the 22nd NL pennant in their 129-year history.
The honor represents a major turnaround for Zito, who was kept off the Giants' post-season roster during their run to the 2010 World Series title due to a string of ineffective performances.