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• Matt Garza said Monday he would like to stay with the Cubs and sign an extension. Does manager Dale Sveum get involved in the negotiations?

"It's always nice to have a guy like that around," Sveum said of Garza, "but unless I'm asked my opinion on it, that's Theo and Jed's territory, so I just leave that up to them and the ownership."

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• Matt Garza said Monday he would like to stay with the Cubs and sign an extension. Does manager Dale Sveum get involved in the negotiations?

"It's always nice to have a guy like that around," Sveum said of Garza, "but unless I'm asked my opinion on it, that's Theo and Jed's territory, so I just leave that up to them and the ownership."

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That would be Theo Epstein, Cubs president of baseball operations, and general manager Jed Hoyer. Have they asked Sveum for his opinion?

"No," he said.

• On Monday, Alfonso Soriano became the first Cubs player with two extra-base hits and two stolen bases in a game since Glenallen Hill did so June 29, 1994.

Soriano entered Tuesday's game batting .381 over his past 10 games and with 385 career home runs.

"He's closing in on 400 home runs, and he's had one heck of a career up to this point," Sveum said of the veteran. "You can't take anything away from his character and what he means to some of the younger players, if they're paying attention and watching the way he does things. It's pretty special to have a guy like that on the team."

Soriano has hit six home runs in his past 10 games, including two on Saturday, to reach 177 homers with the Cubs. He ranks 12th on the franchise's all-time list.

• Right-hander Shawn Camp, who compiled a 7.04 ERA in 26 games in relief, cleared waivers and was given his unconditional release on Tuesday. Camp had been designated for assignment on July 3.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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