Wrong Team Celebrates Lima Time

KANSAS CITY, Missouri--It was Lima Time in Kauffman Stadium but the Dodgers didn't enjoy it as much as they used to. Professional baseball players, when traded to another team, insist they take no personal satisfaction in performing well against their old teammates. Don't you believe it.

Dodger fans might not have recognized the blond and bearded Jose Lima but they would have certainly identified with the quality pitches he used to smother the Dodger offense and his animated congratulations to each of the Royals fielders at the end of each inning.

Lima, once the emotional leader of the Dodger staff who shut out the Cardinals in the 2004 N.L. playoffs, started for the Royals with an 0-5 record and an earned run average of 8.16 -- slow-pitch softball totals. But he didn't pitching performance was nothing resembling those numbers.

Lima had little trouble with the Dodger lineup.

Over the first three innings he allowing only a leadoff single that just cleared the shortstop's glove by Cesar Izturis before disposing the next nine Dodgers in order.

In the top of the fourth, Jayson Werth bunted down the first base line and the throw by the third baseman was wide and pulled first baseman Mike Sweeney into the baseline. Werth hit his arm as the ran past and the ball rolled away, Werth moving to second. Sweeney left the game with what appeared to be a sprained left wrist and elbow injury.

Drew flew to left for the second time and Kent went 3-0, missed a pitch and fouled the next before lining a single to left field to tie the game 1-1, after Los Angeles had scored its last 10 runs on solo home runs. That tainted run was all he would allow

Brad Penny, making his 11th start of the season and his first against Kansas City was tagged for a pair of doubles in the first inning to give the Royals an early 1-0 lead.

Penny, throwing 96, was blowing the Royals away with regularity. He retired 10 of 11 -- with Kent's error in the fourth the only exception -- between singles in the second and fifth.

But suddenly with one out, back to back hits put runners on first and third and with two out another pair of singles gave Kansas City a 3-1 lead.

The Dodgers never really threatened again and Penny, as Weaver did the night before, pitched well enough to win.

Lima went out after eight innings to a standing ovation, having allowed five assorted singles and a single run while striking out six. He threw 100 pitches, 67 of them strikes.

The Dodgers went meekly in the ninth and the 21,000+ Kansas City fans exploded as if George Brett had slugged a three-run homer against the Yankees.

Hoffman KO'ed--Dodger third base coach Glenn Hoffman was hit a glancing blow by a line drive during batting practice and knocked unconscious for a time. He was standing down the third base line when the drive struck him on the side of the head just above his ear. After some time on the ground he was able to walk off the field with assistance. He suffered a partial concussion and his place on the coaching line was taken by bench coach Jim Lett.

Al Downing Honored--Former Dodger standout and current Dodger broadcaster Al Downing, along with former Dodger outfielder Jimmy Wynn, were honored speakers at the Legends Luncheon Series at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. They were invited to share their insights into the game of baseball with the fans.

Dodger Blue Notes--As feared, Eric Gagne was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a second degree sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, effective June 14. He has been replaced on the roster by lefty Elmer Dessens who is just coming off the DL. In addition to his being pleased to be back in action, Dessens and his wife Lorenia welcomed a daughter, Eric, born to the family Monday…Antonio Perez, started in the ninth spot in the batting lineup Tuesday night, his seventh different spot in the Dodger lineup during the opening game of the three game series. He has yet to hit in the four or five position. Perez took over at shortstop in the fifth Wednesday night after Izturis tweaked his hamstring again.…Special Advisor to the Chairman Tommy Lasorda was asked by President George Bush to represent the United States as a delegate at the World Exposition 2005 from June 17-22 in Aichi, Japan. …