Carlos Zambrano goes six innings in second VWL outing

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Cubs right-hander Carlos Zambrano surrendered two runs over 2 2/3 innings in his Venezuelan Winter League debut earlier this week. On Saturday afternoon, he made his second VWL appearance.

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Big Z allowed five hits and three earned runs over six innings, issuing two walks while striking out five.

The 30-year-old is trying to prove that he still has the ability to be a reliable starter and there are Cubs people on hand in Venezuela tracking his progress. Zambrano, who registered an underwhelming 4.82 ERA and 101/56 K/BB ratio in 145 2/3 innings this past season, is owed an $18 million salary in 2012.