Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Lenny Dykstra pleaded innocent yesterday in a Delaware County (Pa.) courtroom to a charge of drunken driving stemming from a May 6 auto accident that sidelined him for two months.
Assistant District Attorney David Bloom read the charges against Dykstra in an appearance before court master Robert Chuk that lasted less than two minutes.
Chuk entered the plea and set a pretrial conference for Feb. 17, at which time a trial date would be arranged.
* INDIANS: A Texas man has accused Cleveland pitcher Eric King of assaulting him after a game against the Rangers.
Ronald Johnston, 21, of Keller, said in a complaint filed with Arlington police that King had punched him early Tuesday morning in a scuffle at the Sheraton Centre-Park Hotel.
The alleged incident followed the Indians' 9-0 victory over the Rangers on Monday night, in which King had pitched a two-hitter.
* CUBS: Chicago, upset that Bill White chose not to suspend Cincinnati Reds reliever Rob Dibble for throwing at the legs of base-runner Doug Dascenzo, are drafting a protest to the National League president.
* RED SOX: Boston relief pitcher Jeff Gray has entered a rehabilitation program after suffering a brain injury July 30 after a pre-game workout. Gray, 28, was discharged yesterday from Beth Israel Hospital after undergoing tests to determine why he suddenly felt dizzy in the locker room, and sustained slurred speech and weakness in his right arm and leg.
* A grand jury decided not to indict former Texas Rangers president Mike Stone, who was involved in the fatal shooting of a middle-of-the night intruder.
Stone told police he shot Jenice Miller, 47, once in the neck on May 10 after she walked up a flight of stairs to his bedroom. He said the woman broke into his West Fort Worth, Texas, home about 5 a.m.
* James E. "Scoops" Cooney, who in 1927 made the most recent unassisted triple play in the National League, died Wednesday in a Warwick, R.I., nursing home. He was 96.