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In closing, Francona has a tough choice

NEW YORK -- You be Terry Francona for a minute. You've got a late lead in tonight's All-Star Game. What do you do to finish it?

Does Mariano Rivera have to get the ball in the ninth inning just because we're in Yankee Stadium? Especially since Francona also has big-league save leader Francisco Rodriguez and his own guy, Jonathan Papelbon, at his disposal.

What should Francona do?

---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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