AIDS killed Alan Wiggins, the Los Angeles Times quoted doctors and family friends as saying.

Wiggins, who'd had drug problems, died Jan. 6 in Los Angeles. He was 32 and had wasted away to only 75 pounds.

After the Baltimore Orioles released him Sept. 29, 1987, he never played ball again. According to the Times, only two former teammates, Steve Garvey and Lee Lacy, attended the funeral in Pasadena. . . .

The Detroit Tigers acquired another 200-inning candidate for their starting rotation, signing free-agent left-hander John Cerutti for a year. He spent six seasons with the Blue Jays. . . .

Pete Rose reported to a school near his inner-city roots in Cincinnati to begin court-ordered community service as a gym teacher's assistant.

He began his 1,000 hours of community service by helping students at Heberle Elementary School in gymnastics exercises. He also talked to one class about baseball. . . .

Darryl Strawberry wore a Dodgers uniform for the first time and said he'll play this season without pressure for the first time in his career.

Wearing No. 44 and taking batting practice at sunny Dodger Stadium with several of his new teammates at the team's first winter workout, he seemed relaxed.

"It felt good to be around my new teammates, have a few laughs and feel good about being in the ballpark," he said. "That's what the game is all about -- having fun and being at peace with yourself. When you do that, you have a chance to play exciting baseball."