Bochy tabs Zito as Game 1 starter

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy has named Barry Zito his Game 1 World Series starter.

With the Giants trailing 3-1 in the NLCS, Zito went out and pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings against the Cardinals en route to a 5-0 victory to keep San Francisco's season alive.

A 6-1 win in Game 6 followed by a convincing 9-0 victory on Monday put the Giants in the Fall Classic for the second time in three years.

They will face the AL-champion Detroit Tigers starting on Wednesday. Reigning AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander will pitch Game 1 opposite Zito.

Zito has never pitched in the World Series. The left-hander was kept of the Giants' postseason roster in 2010 for his poor performance during the regular season.