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Cubs Zambrano, Lee separated in dugout

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CHICAGO (AP)

Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano has been separated from teammate Derrek Lee in the dugout after the first inning of a game against the crosstown Chicago White Sox on Friday.

Zambrano was seen screaming as he walked down the steps past Lee after allowing four runs and stormed toward the other end. Lee appeared to yell something, and as Zambrano headed back toward him, manager Lou Piniella, pitching coach Larry Rothschild and bench coach Alan Trammell stepped between them.

Cubs catcher Geovany Soto then grabbed the pitcher from behind and pulled him away. Zambrano appeared to say something to Piniella on his way to the clubhouse after being lifted for Tom Gorzelanny.

The volatile Zambrano might have been angry at Lee for failing to stop Juan Pierre's leadoff double down the right-field line.

Alex Rios doubled in Pierre with one out, and after Paul Konerko singled, Carlos Quentin drove a three-run homer to left-center to extend the lead to 4-0.

Zambrano then struck out Mark Kotsay and retired A.J. Pierzynski on a grounder to first, taking the throw from Lee to end the inning.

Tagged: White Sox, Cubs, Derrek Lee, Carlos Zambrano

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