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Posted on: June 30, 2010 2:53 pm

Teammates support Zambrano

Two Cubs players told WGN-TV in Chicago that they still support Carlos Zambrano, even after his latest embarrassing temper-tantrum.

The Chicago Tribune , which owns WGN, has the quotes from Ted Lilly and Marlon Byrd about their teammate.

"I talked to Carlos (Monday) night and he wants to be back out here and he wants to help the team, and I believe that he's going to do that," Ted Lilly told WGN-Ch. 9. "So for me it was encouraging to talk to him and hear what he had to say. I'm pretty confident that he'll be back as soon as he can and he'll help us win games."

Marlon Byrd told WGN that Zambrano's tantrum did not turn out the way it was intended.

"We know what he was trying to do," Byrd said. "It came across wrong. This is something you have to move past. At the same time, it's weird, this can bring a team together, some kind of adversity. Everything is going to be fine. Everybody know what kind of guy Carlos is, and we accept him."

Does Zambrano owe the Cubs players an apology?

"More than anything, we know without having him have to say anything that it was one of those things we've all done," Lilly said.
Well, at least Lilly, who punched his Toronto manager, John Gibbons, in the face after tangling near the Blue Jays' dugout during a game on Aug. 21, 2006. Gibbons' nose was apparently bloodied by Lilly, though both claimed afterward no punches were thrown.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 9, 2010 10:14 pm

Lee hits 300th career homer

Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee hit the 300th home run of his career in the fifth inning of the Cubs game against the Brewers. Lee's home run was the first of three in the inning for the Cubs, and the third of five for the game at the time.

Lee hit a 2-1 pitch off of Randy Wolf with one out and one on. Marlon Byrd followed Lee's homer with his second of the game. Geovany Soto also has two home runs.

Lee's teammate, Alfonso Soriano, came into the gmae with 299 career home runs.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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