Scuffling Cubs Make Nice

Piniella, on suspension for dirt-kicking tantrum, settles beef between Barrett, Zambrano
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Jun 6, 2007 4:18 AM CDT
Chicago Cubs catcher Michael Barrett looks around in the dugout before the start of the baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, June 3, 2007, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Four days after Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano sent his battery partner Michael Barrett to the hospital with a split lip, manager Lou Piniella resolved their differences in a 10-minute reconciliation meeting. Piniella himself is serving a four-game suspension for kicking dirt at an umpire. Barrett will catch Zambrano in the future.

Before their fight, Barrett had given up a run on a passed ball and a throwing error, and Zambrano confronted him in the dugout. Later, Barrett followed Zambrano into the clubhouse, where the hurler promptly split his lip with a punch. Despite spending $300 million in the offseason, the Cubs are seven games below .500.