Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano was suspended for six games by Major League Baseball on Thursday, a day after his tirade during a game against...

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CHICAGO — Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano was suspended for six games by Major League Baseball on Thursday, a day after his tirade during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Zambrano said he won’t appeal the penalty, which included a fine. Barring rainouts, he is eligible to return next Thursday and start that night at Atlanta.

“Well, you know, I think I’m a pretty good judge of when you make a mistake, when you do something wrong, you have to pay for it,” Zambrano said. “I don’t have a problem with that. I know that I did something that disrespected MLB. I apologize like I did yesterday, and let’s move on.”

Chicago manager Lou Piniella said the penalty was reasonable. “He just took it too far,” Piniella said.

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Zambrano threw a baseball into left field and slammed his glove against the dugout fence after he was ejected Wednesday, moments after his wild pitch let the Pirates tie it at 2 in the seventh inning.


Tom Glavine was glad to get his first minor-league victory in 22 years. It’s his major-league total of 305 that the Atlanta left-hander wants to add to, though.

Glavine, trying to come back from arm surgery at age 43, pitched five scoreless innings for AAA Gwinnett, Ga., on Thursday in a 10-6 International League victory over Indianapolis. “It’s been a long time since I won a game in the minors, and I hope it’s the last one,” said Glavine, who was promoted to the Braves during the 1987 season.

Glavine allowed six hits but induced three double plays.

• The Orioles optioned ineffective right-hander Chris Ray to AAA to make room for pitcher David Hernandez, who made his major-league debut against Detroit Thursday night and got the win. Ray was 0-1 with a 9.39 ERA.

• Yankees catcher Jorge Posada will come off the disabled list before tonight’s game at Cleveland. The All-Star played six innings Thursday in an extended spring-training game. Posada has been sidelined since straining his right hamstring May 4.

• Dodgers owner Frank McCourt said he would like to see Manny Ramirez play in the All-Star Game if fans vote him into the starting lineup. Ramirez, who is serving a 50-game suspension for violating baseball’s drug policy, was fourth among National League outfielders in the first round of balloting. The top three will start in the game, which will be played on July 14 in St. Louis.

Tom Hicks is willing to give up control of baseball’s Texas Rangers if the right deal comes along, but he intends to keep the NHL’s Dallas Stars. Hicks said in late March that he was seeking minority investors to purchase up to 49 percent in each club. About a week later, the holding company that owns the teams, Hicks Sports Group, defaulted on about $525 million in loans. Hicks said he intentionally made the move to help negotiate with banks.

Forbes last month valued the Rangers at $405 million, 15th among the 30 major league teams.

• White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez is being sued for $20 million for allegedly violating a contract he signed with Dominican talent scouts before inking a major league contract.

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