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Zambrano storms off after bombing

ATLANTA — Cubs manager Mike Quade said P Carlos Zambrano cleaned out his locker and "walked out" on the team after giving up five homers in Friday's 10-4 loss to the Braves.

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"I'm really disappointed," Quade said. "His locker is empty. He walked out on 24 guys … I don't know where he's gone or what he's doing.

"He's talking about retiring."

Zambrano was ejected in the fifth inning after throwing two inside pitches to Chipper Jones, the second going to the backstop. The pitches followed two homers. In all, Zambrano gave up eight runs and eight hits. The five homers allowed set a career high.

"I come in here and I see an empty locker. I figure he's decided he's had enough," Quade said. When asked if Zambrano would be welcome back, he said, "I don't know."

More Cubs: The team agreed to terms with 1B Trevor Gretzky, son of hockey great Wayne Gretzky. Trevor Gretzky was a seventh-round draft pick this year from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian High and decided to forgo playing at San Diego State.

Twins get Morneau back, lose Cuddyer

CLEVELAND — For a brief moment, the Twins' opening day lineup was ready to take the field. Justin Morneau, the first baseman and former AL MVP, was activated from the disabled list two months after neck surgery. His return meant manager Ron Gardenhire finally had his team intact.

The good feeling didn't last long. Michael Cuddyer, one of only two regulars who hadn't missed time to injuries this year (Danny Valencia is the other), hurt his neck during early batting practice and was scratched.

"From 2 to 2:25, we had our team back," Gardenhire said. "We had 25 solid minutes with everybody out there. I felt pretty good for those 25 minutes, to tell you the truth."

Later, Cuddyer's neck was feeling better, but the rightfielder was to be examined by doctors.

A-Rod homers in rehab: Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (right knee surgery) homered in his first minor-league rehabilitation game for Class A Tampa, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs as the DH before leaving in the fifth inning. He hit a shot to left in the first inning against host Dunedin and lined an RBI double to right in the third. In his third at-bat, he struck out looking. He is scheduled to play the field for five or six innings at 7 tonight at Dunedin. The Yankees are eyeing his big-league return for next week.

Tiger hit in head: Reliever Al Alburquerque, 5-0 with a 1.16 ERA in his past 22 appearances, suffered a concussion after he was struck in the head by a line drive during batting practice and carted off the field. He was to remain hospitalized overnight for observation, a Tigers spokesman said. He was in leftfield while the Orioles were in the cage.

Strasburg outing: Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg, making his second rehab start in a comeback from elbow ligament replacement surgery, struck out five in three scoreless innings for Class A Potomac against Myrtle Beach in Woodbridge, Va. He gave up just two infield hits.

Braves: Former manager Bobby Cox's No. 6 was retired. Cox, who retired last year, led the team to 15 playoff appearances and the 1995 World Series title.

royals: P Kyle Davies said he made a "foolish mistake" in getting arrested for disorderly intoxication in Pinellas County the day before the team released him. A Pinellas County Sheriff's Office booking report says Davies, 27, was arrested early Tuesday on the misdemeanor charge and released on $100 cash bond. The Royals played a four-game series at the Trop this week. Wednesday, the Royals asked for release waivers on Davies to clear space for C Salvador Perez.

Yankees: SS Derek Jeter will be honored today for getting his 3,000th hit. He reached the milestone July 9 against the Rays, today's opponent.

Zambrano storms off after bombing 08/12/11 [Last modified: Saturday, August 13, 2011 12:42am]
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