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MONDAY, MAY 24, 2010 WWW.FREEP.COM 5B BASEBALL Pitcher Jose Lima I 1972-2010 U4 Instant replay DODGER STADIUM, LOS ANGELES Tigers 6, Dodgers 2 I WHAT HAPPENED: Miguel Cabrera's two-run homer capped a three-run first, and the Tigers led all the way as they avoided a three-game sweep. Rick Porcello held the Dodgers to two runs In six innings. With two out In the sixth and the bases loaded, he preserved a one-run lead by retiring pinch-hitter Manny Ramirez on a first-pitch grounder. Magglio Ordonez hit a bases-empty homer in the eighth, and the Tigers added two in the ninth as Jim Leyland had a superb inning of managing. MiF.

1 r. v. Inge recalls fun games with Lima By JOHN LOWE FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER LOS ANGELES Brandon Inge's first two years with the Tigers were Jose Lima's final two years with the team (2001-02). They shared another sport: Golf. Inge shared his memories of Lima after learning the former pitcher died Sunday.

He was 37. "There's a story I'll never forget, and it's how Lima lived his life it was fun, and he made things interesting," Inge said. "We were playing 1 1 1 I I 1 1 I i V. v- nr I I iTTH I one day in Atlanta. A He had just come from fUs' a casino where he'd Photos by ERIC SEALSDetroit Free Press Jose Lima draws a laugh from teammate Shane Halter at the Tigers' spring training camp in 2002.

"He was one of the greatest teammates I ever had," Detroit infielder Ramon Santiago said Sunday. been all night. He was a clean guy. He wasn't doing any drugs. He was just having a good time.

"He went straight from the casino right into the cab to the golf Brandon Inge: Knew Lima well. I SAY WHAT? Dontrelle Willis, who was a good-hitting pitcher in the NL, was sent up to pinch-hit in the ninth. Leyland said he used Willis because of the increased need for substitute players under NL rules and because two nights earlier Willis hit two fly balls deep enough to be sacrifice flies. I AND THEN: After the lefty-swinging Willis got to the plate, Dodgers manager Joe Torre lifted right-hander Ronald Belisario and brought in lefthander George Sherrill. Leyland responded by sending up right-handed Adam Everett to bat for Willis, and Everett the team's best bunter squeezed home a runner from third.

I TARGET FIELD: Porcello nabbed a liner to him in the first and turned a double play. He took Matt Kemp's fourth-inning liner off the pitching arm and got a forceout. Then Blake DeWitt's fifth-inning liner hit Porcello on the leg and deflected into left for a single. I OVERHEARD: After he got hit by a line drive a few weeks ago, Porcello said, "I got hit a bunch last year. I'm kind of a sitting duck out there if I leave the ball up.

As long as they don't hit me in the head, I'm fine." I ONE FOR THE AGES: One way to remember the bases-loaded matchup between Ramirez and Porcello in the sixth is that Ramirez's career grand-slam total (21) is the same as Porcel- aseball stunned by eafh of ima at 37 JAE C. HONGAssociated Press Manny Ramirez observes a moment of silence for former Dodgers pitcher Jose Lima. lo's age. I DAMON MOVES: Johnny Damon started in center in place of Austin Jackson the last two games his first starts in center this season. Damon retreated well to haul in a few drives Sunday.

"You always feel good about Johnny anywhere," Leyland said. "He's probably not your prototype centerfielder anymore, but still he can go out there and play it." Jackson was available Saturday, but sat out because of the lack of the DH in an NL park. Jackson got beaned Saturday one inning after he'd entered as a pinch-hitter. I FIRST AND In all three games of this series, the Tigers scored in the first inning, but they didn't get any runs from the second through seventh innings. -JOHN LOWE i 1 mA 'X ll SdAj More photos from this game Jose Lima delivers during a game for the Tigers in 2002.

He spent 13 years in the major leagues with five teams, including two stints with Detroit in 1994-96 and 2001-02. Around the horn Hoffman helps Brewers top Twins course. It's the ninth hole, and I've got a 5- to 7-foot putt with a pretty good bend to it. "He's whipping me, and he knows I'm not the best putter in a world when I have 5- to 7-foot putts. "He takes a wad of cash out of his pocket.

It had to be close to $10,000. There were hundreds everywhere. He throws it down on the ground. The wind is blowing a little bit, and cash is blowing all over the green. He says, 'If you make this putt, you can have all that money right there.

If you miss it, you've got to give me "I was a young player, and $100 was a lot of money to me. "I missed the stinking putt by 20 feet. It wasn't even close. I was shaking so much. I'd never seen that much cash.

"I remember his cackling laugh for probably two holes. He laughed for about two holes about that. That's how he made a very bland 5-foot putt into something I'll never forget. "That's one occurrence of something he did on a daily basis. He touched everyone all the time touched their lives.

That's how he was. He made an impact on every clubhouse he was ever in. He made an impact on every person who ever came across him. "It's a tragedy that this young in life he's passed away." Inge recalled being Lima's batte-rymate. "I remember being frustrated but entertained all at the same time catching him," Inge said.

"I'm looking out at him, and I'm thinking, 'What does he want to throw Then I'd give the sign, and he'd give me an animated 'no' on the mound. I'd be cracking up back there." Lima was at the Tigers-Dodgers game Friday night and was saluted on the video board. "I just spoke to him two days ago," Inge said. "He was a great man. That just tore me up this morning when I heard that.

"I've had relatives pass when I was younger. I usually view it as a good thing they've gone to a better place and I'm usually OK with it. "But, man, with him, it's too early in life for him to be passing away. I guess the Man Upstairs has a bigger plan, but he'll be missed down here." Roundup Ex-Tiger known as a free spirit FREE PRESS STAFF, NEWS SERVICES LOS ANGELES Jose Lima lived over the top on and off the baseball field. The free-spirited former Tigers pitcher could deliver a song as well as a fastball, leaving a trail of fun and laughter known as "Lima Time" wherever he went.

The All-Star right-hander who spent 13 years in the major leagues with five teams including two stints with the Tigers died Sunday. He was 37. Authorities said paramedics found Lima in full cardiac arrest at his home in Pasadena early Sunday, and he was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Pasadena police said the specific cause of death was unknown, and the Los Angeles County coroner will perform an autopsy. Lima pitched for Detroit in 1994-96 and 2001-02.

"He was like a father to me when I came to the Tigers," said Detroit infielder Ramon Santiago, whose first season with the Tigers was Lima's last. "He bought me five suits. He gave me advice. He was one of the greatest teammates I ever had. "I just saw him on the video board the other night (at Dodger Stadium, Friday night).

They were giving him an ovation." Lima was still pitching this past off-season in the Dominican winter league. He faced Tigers catcher AlexAvila. Cincinnati on May 18. Manager Ken Macha gave him the time off to try to figure things out, and Hoffman sure looked good on Sunday. ARIZONA: Second baseman Tony Abreu has a sprained left wrist.

Abreu was injured tagging out Toronto's Jose Molina at second base in the fifth inning Sunday as Molina attempted to stretch a hit into a double. CHICAGO CUBS: Third baseman Aramis Ramirez underwent an MRI and X-rays on his aching left hand, but no fracture was found. He was out of the lineup Sunday after going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts Saturday. Manager Lou Piniella said Ramirez could get more time off this week. MINNESOTA: Centerfielder Denard Span left Sunday's game in the sixth inning with a bruised right shoulder.

He was injured when he was hit by a pitch from Marco Estrada in the third inning. FREE PRESS NEWS SERVICES MINNEAPOLIS Trevor Hoffman returned to help Milwaukee's patchwork pitching staff, and Corey Hart and Prince Fielder homered in the Brewers' 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. Hoffman pitched a perfect eighth inning in his career appearance, and the Brewers held on to snap an eight-game losing streak. Justin Morneau had two hits, two walks and an RBI to raise his American League-leading average to .383. But he struck out with a runner on second in the ninth, and the Twins left 14 runners on base.

Hoffman had not pitched in five games since blowing his fifth save in 10 chances against best gift of all was that he was an extremely happy person. He just lit up our clubhouse with his personality, which was his greatest asset. Jose was not shortchanged in life in any way. He lived life to the fullest every day." Lima spent the majority of his career in Houston, compiling a 46-42 record in 1997-2001. In five seasons with the Tigers, Lima went 17-32 with a 6.04 ERA.

"He was an animated guy and a fierce competitor and he got people excited," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "It's just so sad when you lose one of your peers." Lima revived his career several times, bouncing between the independent league and the minors. The Dominican pitcher was 89-102 with a 5.26 ERA in 348 games in the majors, with his last appearance in 2006 with the New York Mets. I REE PRESS SPORTS WRITER JOHN LOWE CONTRIBUTED TO THIS REPORT. "I don't know if he still threw 90 (m.p.h.), but he still had a hell of a change-up, that's for sure," Avila said.

"He got me out on grounders both times I faced him. "I got the impression he just loved playing baseball. Before we faced him, he'd talk to everybody. I was out there warming up, and he ran over to me to say He was still enjoying it like he was a kid out there." Avila said Lima was a crowd favorite. "Every time he ran on the field, there were cheers.

The people loved him." Lima posted his best season with the Houston Astros in 1999, when he was selected to the All-Star Game. He went 21-10 with a 3.58 ERA in 35 starts. "It saddened me greatly to hear of Jose's passing," Astros owner Drayton McLane said. "He was truly a gifted person both on the field and off of it. He could dance, he could sing, but his Paid Advertisement When Great Sex Matters A patented solution for when ED pills fail Phillies knuckle under to Wakefield, Red Sox six innings for the visiting Padres.

TORONTO 12, ARIZONA 4: Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista each hit a two-run homer for the visiting Blue Jays. Encarnacion is 7-for-19 with six homers and 11 RBIs since returning from the disabled list May 17. PITTSBURGH 3, ATLANTA 2 (10 INNINGS): Ryan Doumit homered with two outs in the 10th inning off Ta-kashi Saito (0-2) for the host Pirates, who ended the Braves' five-game winning streak. (4-3) and drove in three runs for the host Mets, who took two of three in the Subway Series. TAMPA BAY 10, HOUSTON 6: John Jaso homered and drove in four runs for the Rays, who are 19-5 on the road.

David Price (7-1) got the win despite giving up five runs in five innings. ST. LOUIS 6, LA. ANGELS (10 INNINGS): Felipe Lopez lofted a bases-loaded single well over the Angels' drawn-in outfield in the bottom of the 10th inning. OAKLAND 3, SAN FRANCISCO 0: Jake Fox hit a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh inning for the host Athletics, who swept the three-game Bay Bridge Series.

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Capps was unable to protect a 3-1 lead, his first blown save in 17 chances. CHICAGO CUBS 5, TEXAS 4: Carlos Silva (6-0) allowed three runs and six hits in innings for the visiting Cubs. Alfonso Soriano's two-run homer capped a four-run first that put Silva and the Cubs ahead to stay. FLORIDA 13, CHICAGO WHITE SOX 0: Cody Ross hit two of five home runs by the visiting Marlins, and Jason Johnson (5-1) allowed six hits and two walks in six innings. COLORADO 11, KANSAS CITY 7: Jason Giambi homered and drove in four runs for the visiting Rockies, who chased AL Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke (1-5) after Vh innings, his shortest outing in nearly two years.

N.Y. METS 6, N.Y. YANKEES 4: Jason Bay homered twice off CC Sabathia FREE PRESS NEWS SERVICES PHILADELPHIA Tim Wakefield pitched eight shutout innings for his first victory in nearly a year, and the Boston Red Sox roughed up Roy Halladay in an 8-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday afternoon. Kevin Youkilis tripled, homered and scored three runs for the Red Sox. Wakefield's knuckle ball, which averaged in the mid-60s, flustered the Phillies.

He allowed five hits and two walks in earning his first win since July 8, 2009, against Oakland. Wakefield (1-2) earned his 190th career win. Ramon Ramirez allowed three runs in the ninth. Halladay (6-3) was hit hard. His ERA jumped from 1.64 to 2.22 after he allowed eight hits and seven runs (six earned) in 5Vj innings.

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