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Zambrano gets Game 2 start...and needs to deliver

Updated: September 30, 2008, 6:23 PM ET
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

The stunner isn't that Carlos Zambrano is the Chicago Cubs' starter for Game 2 of the NLDS. The stunner is that he wasn't dropped to Game 3, or, I kid you not, even Game 4.

The decision to have Zambrano follow Ryan Dempster in the playoff rotation must have been a toughie for manager Lou Piniella and pitching coach Larry Rothschild. They're dealing with a proud, spectacularly gifted player who can no-hit lineups or -- and this is what gives you the heebie jeebies about him -- leave crater ...

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