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One busy Sunday

It was a sad Saturday in Toronto as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 9-4, but learned shortly after the game that beloved former player and current broadcaster Bobby Murcer passed away after a bout with brain cancer. Check out Bucky Gleason's column in Sunday's paper for all the emotion from the Yankees' clubhouse.

Meanwhile, Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez has the most saves ever at the All-Star break and is well on his way to breaking Bobby Thigpen's all-time record of 57 set 18 years ago. K-Rod is also heading for an all-time payday among closers and you can read what he thinks about the potential for his next contract in Sunday's Inside Baseball column.

I'm off to New York for the All-Star Game and I'm expecting to be at Sunday's Futures Game to try to chat to outfielder Matt LaPorta, the Brewers' phenom who was the centerpiece of last week's trade of CC (no periods) Sabathia from Cleveland. LaPorta is currently at Double-A Akron but will almost certainly be with the Bisons at some point in August if he isn't selected for the U.S. Olympic team. If all goes as planned, you should be able to hear from LaPorta in Monday's editions.

The Bisons, meanwhile, wrap up their ungodly series against Louisville today at 1 and we'll have full coverage of that as well. Nice to see they figured out how to score a run Saturday night after back-to-back shutout losses.

---Mike Harrington


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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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