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===========================http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070601&content_id=1998747&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlbTensions boil over in Cubs' dugoutPitcher Zambrano, catcher Barrett have to be separated
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano and catcher Michael Barrett had to be separated after a skirmish in the dugout after the fifth inning Friday.
The Atlanta Braves had just scored five runs in the inning, including one on an error by Barrett. After the Cubs players came off the field, Zambrano confronted Barrett in the dugout, pointed to his head, and then took a swing at the catcher.
Cubs manager Lou Piniella and hitting coach Gerald Perry had to separate the two.
Zambrano was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fifth, and Barrett was replaced defensively in the sixth by Koyie Hill.
It's been a tough week for Barrett, who made several mistakes in Sunday's game in Los Angeles, and was picked off second base on Tuesday in Chicago against the Florida Marlins. Piniella had given Barrett a "mental health" day off Wednesday.
Henry Blanco has been Zambrano's catcher lately, but he was placed on the disabled list Friday because of a herniated disc.
The Braves had taken a 2-0 lead by taking advantage of sloppy play by the Cubs. Atlanta sent nine batters to the plate in the fifth, and opened a 7-1 lead. Zambrano was charged with seven runs, six earned, on 13 hits and two walks over five innings.