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Padres Acquire Pedro Ciriaco; DFA Darnell 

Padres logoGM Josh Byrnes announced today that the Padres had acquired infielder Pedro Ciriaco from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later, and that INF James Darnell is to be designated for assignment out of Triple-A Tucson. Darnell was hitting .246 in 15 games for Tucson this season with 10 RBI. He also played in parts of two seasons for the big league club from 2011-2012, hitting 2 homeruns and accumulating 8 RBI with a .226 batting average over 25 games with the Padres.

Ciriaco made his major league debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates back in 2010 and has a .287 batting average with 30 RBI over four major league seasons between the Pirates and most recently The Boston Red Sox. Ciriaco was designated for assignment by the Red Sox earlier this season, and has split his time on theinfield playing every position (1B, 2B, SS, 3B) at least once this season, with a handful of games in the outfield as well. Ciaraco has a .216 Batting Average with 4 RBI and 1 Homerun in 28 games this season.

With the departure of Darnell, the Padres will make a corresponding move for both the 40-man and 25-man rosters at some point later today when Ciriaco joins the club in San Diego.

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