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Zambrano charged up, even if phone wasn't

Carlos Zambrano was immediately mobbed by teammates after throwing the Cubs' first no-hitter in 36 years Sunday night, but he didn't receive a single congratulatory phone call until long after the game had ended.

His cell phone was dead.

"I didn't have a charge. When I went to the hotel room and plugged my charger in, I had like 50-some text messages," Zambrano said.

Zambrano's celebration outside of Miller Park was quiet. His wife and a few friends drove up from Chicago after the game, and he bought three bottles of champagne to share while in his hotel suite. "We just called room service," he said.

The Hall of Fame has requested a hat and one of the game balls, and his brother asked for the jersey he wore. But Zambrano says he'll keep the ball that was the final out.

"Yeah, the last one is for me. I'm the one who threw a no-hitter, not MLB," he deadpanned. "I have to keep something."

Twins' new home: Target Field

■ The Minnesota Twins will call their new ballpark Target Field. The team and Target Corp. announced Monday an agreement in principle on an exclusive 25-year partnership that includes naming rights to the stadium in downtown Minneapolis. The $517 million, 40,000-seat ballpark is scheduled to open for the 2010 season.

N.Y. lawmaker takes on Yankees

■ New York State Assemblyman Richard Brodsky said he will issue a report Tuesday finding that New York City manipulated the assessed value of Yankee Stadium to get an Internal Revenue Service tax exemption. Brodsky has questioned the Yankees' request to subsidize the stadium with $336 million in public funds issued by the city's Industrial Development Agency.

Brodsky said the report indicates that taxpayers — not the Yankees — are paying for the construction of the new stadium. The report indicates that taxpayers have spent between $550 million and $850 million on the project to create only 15 new permanent jobs.

Short hops

■ Dodgers reliever Takashi Saito made his first appearance since being diagnosed with a sprained ligament in his right elbow two months ago, pitching a scoreless eighth inning in an 8-2 win against Pittsburgh on Monday night.

Robinson Cano was benched again by the Yankees on Monday night for not hustling after a ball the previous day. The second baseman was late retrieving Cliff Floyd's hard grounder that caromed into shallow right field. Floyd beat Xavier Nady's throw to second for a double.

Jorge Posada wants Joba Chamberlain kept in the bullpen and predicts more injuries for the young pitcher if the Yankees put him in their starting rotation. "I think if you start him and he pitches 200 innings in one year, you're going to lose him. He's going to get hurt," Posada said.

■ Tigers left-hander Kenny Rogers won't pitch again this season, Manager Jim Leyland said on Monday. Rogers is a free agent at the end of the season, and the Tigers are unlikely to re-sign the 43-year-old veteran.

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