Grizzlies on Thursday: Prized prospect Carlos Correa might have already played eight games with the Fresno Grizzlies since his promotion last week. But this latest will mark his first playing before a Fresno home crowd. Correa’s days on the Grizzlies roster figure to be dwindling rapidly. The No. 1 overall pick in 2012 dominated Double-A, leading his league there in every major offensive category through 29 games. And the shortstop has continued to mash since his promotion to Triple-A, hitting .316 with a homer, 10 runs and four RBIs, along with one steal. First pitch is 7:05 p.m. as Fresno (22-17) hosts Nashville (15-24) to start an eight-game homestand at Chukchansi Park. Both teams were off Wednesday.
Pitching matchup: Former San Francisco Giants pitcher and Oakland A’s LH Barry Zito (1-3, 4.84 ERA) will start for the Sounds against Grizzlies LH Luis Cruz (0-2, 5.40). Zito, the 2002 American League Cy Young winner, has gotten off to a slow start after sitting out all of last year. He’s allowed at least four runs in six of his eight starts. Cruz has been hampered by the long ball, allowing six homers in six starts.