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Welcome to All-Star Monday

Asg_logo_2NEW YORK -- The game isn't until Tuesday night but there's a full plate of activities scheduled today leading up to the Midsummer Classic. We promise to try our best to keep you updated, starting with the 11 a.m. press conference in the Grand Hyatt's Manhattan Ballroom that will feature the managers and the announcements of the starting pitchers and batting orders.

(We promised updates last year too but MLB stunned the assembled media by putting us in a lavish ballroom at San Francisco's Westin St. Francis that didn't have wireless access. I'm hoping we don't get a repeat of that snafu today.)

Then it's on to the Super Bowl-style media gatherings for each league in the Empire State Ballroom. the American League goes from 12-12:50 and the National Leaguers have their say from 1:40-2:30. In between there will be a press conference on tonight's home run derby.

The derby itself kicks off at 8 p.m. Hopefully it won't be the yawner that last year's was in Frisco after all the left-handers were eliminated and McCovey Cove became a non-factor. It should be a little interesting to see ex-Bison Grady Sizemore take a shot at Yankee Stadium's short right-field porch, with Cleveland bench coach and former Buffalo manager Jeff Datz serving as his pitcher.

---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.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


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.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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