Lenny Dykstra pleads not guilty to 25 charges

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Lenny Dykstra pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles Monday in a federal case where he’s accused of embezzling money from a bankruptcy estate.

Federal prosecutors contend Dykstra sold or destroyed more than $400,000 worth of items from an $18.5 million mansion without permission of a bankruptcy trustee.

Dykstra appeared dazed in court, according to The Associated Press report.  When asked if he understood the charges against him, he replied, “I don’t understand it, but I understand them.”

The former Met and Phillie showed up with a new lawyer today, a deputy federal public defender.  His previous lawyer, Mark Werksman, declined to say why he no longer represented Dykstra. Financial issues would seem to be the obvious cause.

Dykstra is being held in Los Angeles County Jail after being charged with 25 misdemeanor and felony counts of grand theft auto, attempted grand theft auto, identity theft and other crimes. If convicted of all counts, he’d face a maximum of 80 years in prison. His trial is scheduled to begin on May 9.

The 48-year-old Dykstra is also facing charges in a different case after police found drugs such as cocaine and synthetic hGH at his home last month. He’s scheduled for an arraignment on those charges Thursday.

Justin Verlander earns 200th career win

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Astros starter Justin Verlander wasn’t his usual dominant self on Sunday against the Athletics, but he was good enough to get the win. In doing so, he earned the 200th win of his career, becoming the 117th member of the 200-win club.

Verlander went 5 1/3 innings, yielding four runs (all earned) on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts. On the season, Verlander is now 12-8 with a 2.65 ERA and a 223/29 K/BB ratio in 169 2/3 innings. Sunday’s win helped the Astros stave off the surging A’s. The Astros now have a one-game lead in the AL West.

Only two active pitchers have more wins than Verlander: Bartolo Colon (247) and CC Sabathia (244). Zack Greinke will likely be the next member of the 200-win club as he currently has 184 to his name.