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Zambrano suspended by Cubs after tirade

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano throws a pitch to the New York Mets in the second inning of their MLB National League baseball game in New York April 20, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano has been suspended indefinitely after getting into a shouting match with team mate Derrek Lee during Friday’s 6-0 loss to the rival Chicago White Sox.

“His conduct wasn’t acceptable,” Cubs general manager Jim Hendry told Major League Baseball’s official website ( “He will not be at the ballpark tomorrow.

“We’ll play with 24 (players) before we tolerate that kind of behavior,” Hendry added.

Zambrano began screaming at Lee while walking to the dugout after giving up four runs in the first inning. The two then yelled at each other before being separated by manager Lou Piniella.

A double by the White Sox left fielder Juan Pierre had scooted past first baseman Lee down the right field line to open the game.

Piniella pulled the 29-year-old Zambrano from the game after the outburst.

“I’m embarrassed,” Piniella said. “Carlos should be embarrassed. We’ll see exactly what comes out of this. There’s no question he’s got to control his emotions better than this.”

Writing by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Steve Ginsburg