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Manny asks for more playing time

Updated: April 1, 2009, 10:55 PM ET
Associated Press

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Manny Ramirez had one lament after leaving the Los Angeles Dodgers' final exhibition game in Arizona on Wednesday.

"No fly balls," he said.

Delayed by a late contract signing and a subsequent hamstring injury, Ramirez thinks he is running behind schedule this spring, so much so that he lobbied for extended playing time in the Dodgers' four remaining exhibition games before their regular-season opener April 6 at San Diego.

"It's up to Joe [Torre], but ...

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