Barry Zito had returned home from a minor league season ready to turn his attention from baseball to his other love, music.

Now, he will make one more start from a big league mound while opposing close friend and former teammate Tim Hudson.

The baseball-crazed Bay Area is getting the Hudson vs. Zito matchup Saturday as so many hoped. And it could be the last hurrah for the two former Athletics pitchers.

"It's icing," the 37-year-old Zito said. "I definitely didn't think this was going to happen. This is all bonus, like triple-bonus situation right now."

"How many different reasons can you think of?," said A's manager Bob Melvin. "Our fans, first and foremost … it will be a terrific day, with Hudson pitching on the other side," Melvin said.

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