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Cubs Dugout Breaks Out In Brawl

The Chicago Cubs resembled the old "Bronx Zoo" New York Yankees of the late seventies, as a brawl occurred in the dugout during a loss to the Atlanta Braves on Friday. The Cubs who were trailing Atlanta 2-1 going into the top of the fifth, saw the Braves increase their lead to a 7-1 margin during the frame. Cubs catcher Michael Barrett allowed run number five to cross the plate as he had a passed ball, and then compounded the mistake with a throwing error to third allowing the runner to score.

Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano grew visibly upset with Barrett, and as the inning ended pointed to his head as the catcher pointed to the field. Some shoving started between the two as teammates broke up the pair. Chicago manager Lou Pinella and some teammates walked Zambrano back to the clubhouse, told the pitcher to take a shower, and head home. Pinella, went back to the dugout, but Zambrano did not follow Pinella's advice.

Apparently, not feeling the argument was over Barrett left the dugout and headed to the clubhouse to confront Zambrano. Zambrano, apparently thought the same thing and punched the catcher in the mouth busting his lip, and sending him to the hospital. Pinella said both players will be disciplined.
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