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Herd's Brown gets quick call to Mets

Emil Brown never even made it to Coca-Cola Field. The veteran outfielder was called up from the Bisons to the Mets, leaving Norfolk in time to be in uniform for Wednesday's game in Pittsburgh. Brown was 5 for 16 since joining the Bisons as a free agent and replaces Ramon Martinez (broken pinkie) on the New York roster.

Tough break for the Bisons, too. I liked the Brown signing as a veteran outfielder to help the lineup in the wake of the Fernando Martinez callup. Just nothing the Mets could do about taking him; they are thin, thin, thin all the way around. Will be interesting what happens Sunday when Ryan Church is able to come off the DL. Do they keep F-Mart? Possible. Church is not one of manager Jerry Manuel's favorites but both Gary Sheffield and Angel Pagan are hobbling.

This update from Pittsburgh: After not being in the original lineup, Carlos Beltran proclaimed himself well enough to play tonight. But the Mets did not post a new lineup before the game was rained out. Beltran said he thinks his illness was not swine flu, but actually food poisoning. He said he lost 5-10 pounds.

---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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