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Berkman says he'd waive no-trade clause

Lance Berkman would be open to waiving his no-trade clause if the Houston Astros asked him.

The All-Star first baseman, who first made the comments to the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday, reiterated those sentiments Thursday before a game against Arizona.

"I'm not going to back away from what I said because I still feel that way," he said. "If we're 20-70 and they say, 'Hey, we've got a trade for a bunch of hot prospects and you're going to go compete for a world championship,' I would definitely consider it."

The 34-year-old Berkman was born in Waco and attended Rice University in Houston before becoming a first-round draft pick by the Astros in 1997. He made his major-league debut in 1999 and is a five-time All-Star.

He said leaving would be difficult.

"I love it here," he said. "This is my home. I'm a Texan. It would be tough to have to go somewhere else."

Bradley on Mariners' restricted list

Milton Bradley has been placed on the restricted list by the Mariners after asking the team for help in dealing with "emotional stress" from personal issues.

The Mariners made the move Thursday before their series finale against Tampa Bay. Outfielder Michael Saunders was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma to add depth on Seattle's bench.

The move came a day after Bradley met with Manager Don Wakamatsu and General Manager Jack Zduriencik and asked for help in dealing with his issues. While on the restricted list, Bradley cannot be in uniform or with the team. He will miss at least five days, but Zduriencik said the team chose not to put him on the 15-day disabled list.

Former big-leaguers file suit

Former major-leaguers Rondell White and Cliff Floyd have filed a $12.5 million lawsuit in federal court against two New Jersey financial advisers, alleging they lost millions of dollars in a real estate development deal.

Sidelined

■ Giants shortstop Edgar Renteria has again been sidelined by a groin injury. Renteria missed four games and rejoined the lineup Thursday, but he left for a pinch hitter in the third inning.

■ White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko was scratched from Thursday night's game against the Blue Jays because of a sore neck. Konerko leads the majors with 12 homers.

■ Rookie slugger Jason Heyward is out of the Braves' starting lineup against the Nationals, a day after leaving in the second inning with a sore right groin. Braves Manager Bobby Cox said Thursday that Heyward might be available to pinch hit. Melky Cabrera is starting in right field in Heyward's place. Heyward is hitting .286 and leads Atlanta eight homers and 24 RBI.

■ Royals Manager Trey Hillman is having his college jersey retired. "I wasn't that good," Hillman said of his days at the University of Texas-Arlington. "I was blessed to get a scholarship, blessed to sign as a free agent with Cleveland, and it's snowballed over the years."

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