NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -The Philadelphia Phillies acquired right-handed pitcher Gary Knotts from the Newark Bears on Tuesday.
Knotts was 7-5 with a 2.65 ERA in 16 starts for the Bears, who play in the independent Atlantic League. He struck out 86 in 108 2-3 innings, and ranked first in the league in ERA, second in strikeouts and third in innings pitched. Philadelphia assigned him to Double-A Reading.
Knotts was 13-16 with a 5.45 ERA in 38 starts and 48 relief appearances for Florida and Detroit from 2001-2004.

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