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Barry Zito Crashes in West Hollywood

Giants' starter Barry Zito's reaction after giving up a two-run homer to Rod Barajas last year. AP Photo/Chris Carlson
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San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito was released from the hospital Thursday morning after suffering minor injuries in a two-car crash in West Hollywood. Zito, who has a home in the Hollywood Hills, was taken to Cedars-Sinai with a sore neck but claimed he won't miss his start Sunday against the Dodgers. A precautionary MRI showed no structural damage. Zito's car was broadsided near Sunset Plaza at 8 p.m. Wednesday night, according to L.A. Now.

Zito, a former Cy Young Award-winner and repeat 20-game winner with the Oakland A's, has been a shadow of his former self since crossing the Bay Bridge in 2007 after signing a $126 million deal with the Giants, making him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball at the time. But Zito, who was slated to start the season as the Giants' No. 4 starter, was left off the teams World Series roster last October.

Could this be the beginning of a downward spiral for the Giants, who left the Dodgers in the dust last year and somehow bearded their way to a World Championship? The Giants biggest beard, closer Brian Wilson, starts the season on the DL.

Happy Opening Day Dodgers fans! While Zito's hanging with team trainers, the rest of the Giants look to start the season on a huge losing streak beginning with the first in a four-game series at Dodger Stadium today at 5 p.m. Clayton Kershaw vs. Tim Lincecum. Zito, should he be good to go, is slated to start Sunday night.