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• Infielder Pedro Ciriaco has cleared waivers and has until Sunday to decide if he'll accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Omaha or become a free agent. He was designated for assignment on Monday.

• Pitching coach Dave Eiland celebrated his 48th birthday on Saturday. He shares the date with Hall of Fame pitcher Goose Gossage and singer Huey Lewis, both 63.

• Left-hander Tim Collins, sent to Triple-A Omaha to polish his game, pitched two scoreless innings against Colorado Spring on Friday. In 12 innings, Collins has given up one run and three hits with 20 strikeouts.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.