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Ace tellsAstros hewants out

HOUSTON — Astros ace, RHP Roy Oswalt, has requested a trade. When asked Friday if it was a request or a demand, GM Ed Wade said it did not matter.

"Roy's contract has a no-trade clause, not a trade-me clause," he said. "There is no rule that allows a player in his contract status to demand a trade. So demand, request, hold your breath until you turn blue, it's all the same. It's acknowledged and noted."

Oswalt, 32, has a 2.66 ERA but is 2-6 because of the NL's lowest run support (two per game). In 10 seasons, he is 139-76 with a 3.21 ERA. With Houston among baseball's worst teams, Oswalt recently said he would waive his no-trade clause.

Oswalt declined comment.

Unhappy Met on DL

NEW YORK — Mets RHP John Maine went on the DL with shoulder weakness even though he insisted he's fine.

Manager Jerry Manuel pulled him after five pitches Thursday. Maine wanted to remain in, and the two got into a heated argument in the dugout after he was removed.

Manuel said the velocity on Maine's fastball was down. Maine, 1-3 with a 6.13 ERA, spent three months on the DL in 2009 with a tired shoulder.

"I was trying to get him to understand why he was coming out," Manuel said of the argument. "He wanted to compete, and I'm trying to protect him from what I thought could be a dangerous situation for him and the team."

Maine will have tests next week.

"I feel the same right now as I did since the beginning of the season," he said. "The first pitch wasn't hard. But the last few were 89, which is where I've been all year."

A's: CF Coco Crisp made his season debut after breaking his left pinkie while sliding into second on April 2.

Cardinals: RHP Brad Penny left with a strained back soon after hitting a grand slam. His status hasn't been determined. Also, RHP Blake Hawksworth is day to day with a sore groin.

Giants: RH reliever Brandon Medders went on the DL with inflammation in his right knee.

Mariners: RHP Mark Lowe, out since May 5, still has an inflamed disc despite therapy and an epidural. The reliever's return is unknown.

Phillies: SS Jimmy Rollins left with a mild right-calf strain. He missed 29 games with the injury before returning Monday. He is day to day.

Twins: SS J.J. Hardy, who hoped to return, sat because he still has pain in his left wrist when swinging. He's on the DL with a bone bruise.

Yankees: CF Curtis Granderson, out since May 1 with a sore left groin, is scheduled to start a rehab stint at Triple A today. The team said it hopes he can return in a week.

Obituary: Dorothy Kamenshek, a star in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League who helped inspire the lead character in A League of Their Own, died in Palm Desert, Calif. She was 84. Ms. Kamenshek was among those who were the basis for Dottie Hinson, played by Geena Davis in the 1992 movie about women's pro baseball. The infielder was among Sports Illustrated's top 100 female athletes of the century.

Ace tellsAstros hewants out 05/21/10 [Last modified: Friday, May 21, 2010 11:17pm]
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