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Focused on his future

Zambrano embracing a new sense of discipline, accountability

Updated: March 17, 2010, 12:33 AM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com

MESA, Ariz. -- It's not that Carlos Zambrano isn't earnest. Even in his worst moments, he wanted you to believe him. And Cubs fans, God love 'em, needed to believe him back.

But this spring just seems different.

For starters, there's about 15 pounds less of the player whose designation of Cubs' ace was on the wane in 2008 and took a hiatus in 2009. But more than that is a sense of accountability that was not always there in the past.

"Anyone can change ...

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