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SD@SF: Zito fans four in seven scoreless frames

If Barry Zito can take some of his home cooking on the road Saturday against the Padres, he'll definitely find success at Petco Park.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Zito is only the second Giants pitcher in the modern era to record scoreless outings of at least seven innings in each of his first three home starts.

In the left-hander's previous start against San Diego at home, he allowed just five hits in seven innings. He also struck out four and walked just one.

"Great job on Barry's part to throw such a great game," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "You need to be resilient in this game. I felt like he threw well, had good command and had good pitches."

Meanwhile, Padres left-hander Eric Stults will get a second chance against the Giants and Zito after taking a loss on Sunday.

Working a season-high seven innings in the start, Stults allowed five runs on eight hits. He also struck out two.

"Stults has been throwing the ball well," Bochy said after Sunday's game. "Changing speeds, a nice, slow curveball to go with his other pitches. He throws his soft stuff a lot."

After tossing five shutout innings in his first start of the season against the Mets, Stults has allowed 25 hits in his past three starts.

Giants: Affeldt set to test strained side
• Reliever Jeremy Affeldt hopes to continue his recovery from a strained right side by throwing off a bullpen mound Saturday.

However, Bochy said he's not certain the left-hander will be activated from the disabled list when he is eligible to return on Tuesday.

Bochy said that Affeldt must also throw to hitters in a simulated game or live batting practice before the Giants can determine if the reliever can rejoin the active roster.

Padres: Wieland upbeat after bullpen session
• After tossing 100 pitches off a mound on Friday in Arizona, right-hander Joe Wieland was more than pleased with his bullpen session.

"My spirits, my enthusiasm today … it's the best day I've had," Wieland said of his recovery from Tommy John surgery. "Strength, health, I feel that I'm close to 100 percent of how I should be feeling."

While working out in Arizona, Wieland threw the equivalent of three innings, resting in between innings, at about 75-80 percent, he said.

Wieland said it is still too early to know when he'll appear in a Minor League game on a rehabilitation assignment, though he'll know more in another month - around the 10-month mark.

Worth noting
• Giants batters are averaging just 3.7 pitches per plate appearance, the fewest among any team in the Majors. Comments