SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Ubaldo Jimenez smiled when he was introduced to former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda after throwing three scoreless innings against Los Angeles on Monday.
"That's the guy who is going to take care of the Dodgers this year," a Rockies official told Lasorda, who shook his head and remarked "Yeah, he's lucky."Jimenez had reason to smile. He showed no ill effects from an infected thumb that pushed back his start a few days."I was happy to get back out there," Jimenez said. "I wasn't able to make my last start so I couldn't wait to get back out there. I felt like I was able to breathe and think about executing my pitches."The Dodgers beat the Rockies 7-1, but Jimenez gave up a hit and walked one in his first appearance since Feb. 26."Ubaldo was Ubaldo today," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "He had three great innings of pitching and had a great sacrifice bunt and he was done for the day."Jimenez said he's getting ready to start letting go. He's slated to go four innings in his next start."I didn't even think about the finger," said Jimenez, who tossed the Rockies' first no-hitter last year. "I just tried to throw strikes. I threw a slider and a curve and they were sharp. I think I'm getting pretty close."Dodgers left-hander Ted Lilly, who had his first start delayed because of the flu, was pleased with his 3 1/3 innings. He gave up one run and three hits, struck out two and walked none.Tim Redding pitched three scoreless innings to get the win.Lilly threw two innings in a 'B' game last Thursday before revving it up against the Rockies."At no point do you think this game is easy," Lilly said. "I'm aware I still have some work to do but I definitely feel like I'm going in the right direction. The priority is fastball command and then work off that."Jerry Sands' three-run shot off Greg Reynolds highlighted a four-run seventh for the Dodgers."He's legit," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "He's only going to keep getting better."Mattingly suggested Sands might be an early season call-up depending on the situation."He's a tough one," Mattingly said. "It's going to depend on what is going on. If there's a need, you might see him."
Dodgers INF James Loney returned to limited baseball-related activities after missing two days with a swollen left knee. ... LHP Jorge De La Rosa is scheduled to start for the Rockies at home Tuesday. RHP Felipe Paulino pitched the other split-squad game at the Chicago White Sox. ... Dodgers LHP Hong-Chin Kuo is likely to make his spring debut Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners. ... Dodgers INF Jamey Carroll was a late scratch from the traveling roster with a bruised finger on his right hand. ... Rockies RHP Aaron Cook had a long toss session for about 10 minutes and will throw again Tuesday.