Without stepping on field, Lilly ejected

Without stepping on field, Lilly ejected

CHICAGO -- Dodgers left-hander Ted Lilly, a spectator in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Cubs, was ejected by home-plate umpire Tim Timmons for making a hand gesture.

But not the one you think.

Lilly said he complained from the visitors' dugout about a called second strike on Bobby Abreu in the fifth inning. Timmons turned to Lilly and put his index finger to his lips, as if to tell Lilly not to complain about his call.

"He told me to be quiet with his hand gesture, so I was quiet," said Lilly. "I showed him with my hands that the pitch was low, and he kicked me out."

Replays showed the pitch by Cubs starter Chris Volstad was near Abreu's ankle. Lilly's teammates were seen laughing in the dugout as he was ordered by Timmons to head to the clubhouse.

"Once I heard it was Teddy, it was OK," said manager Don Mattingly. "As long as it wasn't Matt [Kemp] or one of the [everyday] guys."

It was the third ejection of Lilly's career and first as a member of the Dodgers.

"We know Lilly," Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano said. "He was a very funny guy when he used to be here, but I'm happy they threw him out, because he's not here anymore."