Here is the opening to my Tuesday column about Barry Zito and Tim Lincecum:

SAN FRANCISCO – Here’s today’s quiz:

Who is a better pitcher right now, Barry Zito or Tim Lincecum?

“Better” is an ambiguous term. I admit that. Clearly, Lincecum throws harder and has had better seasons lately. So, let’s say better means more effective, and let’s say we’re talking about right now — not last year or the year before.

And we’ll add one more question. Which guy would you want to start a game for you right now?

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