BASEBALL : DAILY REPORT : AROUND THE MAJOR LEAGUES : Hawkins Signs Contract With Athletics

Associated Press

Free-agent pitcher Andy Hawkins signed with the Oakland Athletics and will make his first start Saturday against the Cleveland Indians.

Hawkins was released a week ago by the Yankees, who will pay the bulk of his $1.4-million salary, with the A's playing $79,700.

Hawkins had an 0-2 record and a 9.95 ERA for the Yankees.

Major league baseball wants the six National League expansion candidates to have colors, logos, caps and uniforms ready when the two winning cities are announced on June 12.

Buffalo, Denver, Miami, Orlando, St. Petersburg and Washington are the six contenders.

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