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Athletics Sign Knuckleballer Sparks

August 31, 2003

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ The Oakland Athletics signed knuckleballer Steve Sparks to a minor league contract Saturday, and assigned him to Double-A Midland.

The right-hander was released by the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday after going 0-6 with two saves and a 4.72 ERA in 42 appearances.

Sparks, who has started 164 games in seven major league seasons, is 56-69 with Milwaukee, Anaheim and Detroit.

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