Originally created 05/06/04

MLB denies Mets' protest of game at San Diego



NEW YORK -- The New York Mets' protest of a game against the San Diego Padres because of a pitcher's delivery was denied Wednesday by Major League Baseball.

The Mets played Saturday's game at San Diego under protest after Padres reliever Akinori Otsuka threw one pitch in the eighth inning. The Mets said that Otsuka balks with each pitch.

Otsuka has an unusual motion, bringing his hands back together after he starts his delivery to the plate in a sort of double-tapping action.

"This has never been a problem in Japan," Otsuka said through an interpreter Saturday. "I need to check with Major League Baseball to see if I need to change."

San Diego won the game 3-1.