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Carlos Zambrano leaves Marlins game with "lower back stiffness"

Carlos Zambrano Carlos Zambrano left Saturday's game with stiffness in his back. (Chris Trotman, Getty Images)

Miami Marlins pitcher Carlos Zambrano left Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays after 2 1/3 innings, according to

Zambrano started off the game well enough, getting through the first inning pitching only seven times. In the second, things began to fall apart. The Rays scored five runs on four hits, and Zambrano appeared to be less and less in control of his pitches.

Manager Ozzie Guillen pulled Zambrano from the game after the Rays' Ben Zobrist hit a two-run homer to make the score 7-0. The Marlins reported that Zambrano has "lower back stiffness."

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