Kirk Gibson has asked the Dodgers to trade him because he wants to be nearer his Michigan home.

He confirmed that on Sunday, "I officially demanded to get out of here."


The Padres traded right-handed reliever Mark Grant to the Braves for left-handed starter Derek Lilliquist. Grant is 1-1 with a 4.85 ERA. Lilliquist began the season with the Braves but was optioned to Richmond with a 2-8 record. There, he was 4-0 with a 2.57 ERA.

The Padres also bought third baseman Eddie Williams, who was hitting .329 with their Las Vegas affiliate. Catcher Ronn Reynolds was optioned to Las Vegas. . . . The Cubs activated reliever Mitch Williams and optioned pitcher Jose Nunez to Iowa. . . .

The Mets sent pitcher RHP Jeff Musselman (0-2, 5.40 ERA) to Tidewater, making room for catcher Todd Hundley, who was recalled from AA Jackson. . . . The Blue Jays put outfielder Glenallen Hill (.239, 7 HR, 20 RBI) on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 6, and called up outfielder Mark Whiten (.317, 14 HR, 46 RBI at AAA Syracuse). Hill suffered cuts and scrapes on both feet, his knees and right elbow during what he said was a violent nightmare. . . .

The Indians activated first baseman Keith Hernandez (.208) from the disabled list and sent pitcher Sergio Valdez (1-5, 6.40 ERA) to Colorado Springs.


Former major league manager Lee Elia took his Class A Clearwater team off the field for 10 minutes to protest polkas on the P.A. system in West Palm Beach, Fla. Said Elia: "Hey, I don't care what they do between innings. They can play all the music they want. They can run dancing elephants out there. But don't play between pitches. There's got to be some professionalism." His team won, 10-3, but he hasn't heard the last of it. When the clubs meet again in August, the West Palm Beach management will admit free anyone bringing a noisemaker.