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Get up and stretch

It's 3-2 American League at the seventh-inning stretch and I've got to make an escape to a workroom: It's starting to rain and I'm not under cover.

Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford belted a two-out solo homer in the top of the sixth on a full-count pitch from Milwaukee's Francisco Cordero to make it 3-1.  The National League got that run back in the bottom of the sixth, and it looked for a split-second like we might have two inside-the-parkers in two innings after none in the first 77 games in all-star history!

New York's Carlos Beltran belted a rocket to right and the carom again tormented an outfielder with Vlad Guerrero looking silly. It was closer to him than Suzuki's ball was to Griffey and Guerrero was able to hold Beltran at third. Griffey drove him in with a line drive sacrifice fly.

---Mike Harrington


All-Star Game
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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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