Smoke signals

• Lefty Josh Outman, who was designated for assignment on June 18, cleared waivers and accepted his assignment to Triple-A Columbus. Outman was acquired in the offseason trade that send outfielder Drew Stubbs to the Rockies.

Jason Giambi said there still is not timetable for his return from a knee injury. He was placed on the disabled list on June 12.

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