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Former Bison pitcher Wagner called up to A's

CLEVELAND - The Oakland Athletics called up former North Dakota State pitcher Neil Wagner from the team's Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento on Monday.

CLEVELAND - The Oakland Athletics called up former North Dakota State pitcher Neil Wagner from the team's Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento on Monday.

Wagner is expected to join the Athletics for today's game against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

Wagner, 27, has never pitched in the major leagues.

The Athletics fielded a

24-man roster in Monday's game against the Indians after sending down right-hander Graham Godfrey.

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Wagner, a right-handed relief pitcher, was acquired in a trade from the Indians last year for cash and will likely join the Athletics bullpen today.

He was selected by the Indians in the 21st round of the 2005 MLB draft.

The Athletics had to wait a day to make the transaction because left-handed pitcher Jerry Blevins, who was designated for assignment on Saturday, needs to clear waivers for a spot on the team's 40-man roster to open up.

Wagner was promoted to the Athletics' Triple-A squad on June 25 and has posted strong numbers.

He's 2-1 with a 3.10 earned-run average and two saves in 29 innings pitched since the promotion.

Wagner also has struck out 34 batters with the River Cats and has held opposing batters to a .241 batting average.

Wagner has a career mark of 15-23 in the minor leagues.

Prior to his pro career, Wagner pitched three seasons with North Dakota State (2003-05).

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He was 4-2 with a 4.94 ERA in 31 innings in 2003.

Wagner's best season with the Bison came in 2004 when he posted a 6-0 record, 59 strikeouts, 12 saves and a 1.40 ERA in

38 Xc innings pitched.

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