Former teammates Barry Zito and Tim Hudson will go head to head when the Giants visit the A's this weekend, Oakland manager Bob Melvin announced on Tuesday.
A day later, the A’s will honor the careers of the famed “Big Three” pitching trio -- Zito, Hudson, and Mark Mulder -- prior to the A’s vs. Giants game on Sunday.
The ceremony will begin approximately 15 minutes prior to the scheduled 1:05pm start time, and will include a video tribute and a special presentation from A’s Special Assistant to the General Manager Grady Fuson, who was the A’s scouting director when the three pitchers were drafted in the late 1990s.
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In addition, Zito, Hudson and Mulder will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitches as a group prior to Sunday’s game.
The pre-game ceremony will happen a day after Zito and Hudson square off against each other at Saturday’s 1:05pm matinee at the O.co Coliseum. It will be Zito’s first start for the A’s since Game 1 of the 2006 American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers, and one of the last starts of Hudson’s career.
Oakland A's media services contributed to this report