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Afternoon around the horn

DN cover Had to laugh at the way all the Yankees tried to brush off our Red Sox questions last night in Toronto. Um, guys: You're 0-8 against them. It's a story. A big story, as I wrote about in today's paper. If you were just 4-4 against them, you'd have a 10 1/2-game lead in the division and the race would be over. Chew on that for a second. It was funny to see how the New York media wasn't buying any of the answers the Yankees were selling.

Even funnier was to see this morning's New York papers. I guess a full-color back page illustration in the Daily News (left) is a sign this IS, in fact, a big series. Columnist Mike Lupica says "this is the first great moment of the new Stadium." In the Post, good friend and St. Bona grad Mike Vaccaro says, "The Yankees need to shake free from the senseless stranglehold the Sox have them locked in."

In Boston, the Red Sox are concerned about having aging John Smoltz as their opening game starter against Joba Chamberlain. And I would imagine there will be a few questions about David Ortiz's ongoing steroids situation.

Have your remote control handy. In order, the four games of the series are on Time Warner 13, YES, FOX and ESPN. FOX analyst Tim McCarver thinks the Yankees are being foolish to limit Chamberlain's innings. Here here.

And be sure to vote in our poll about how you think the series will go.

---The Mets have put Jonathon Niese on the 60-day DL due to his torn hamstring and re-purchased the contract of reliever Elmer Dessens from the Bisons. Good for Dessens, who has been a good solider in Buffalo (3-2, 2.31, 11 saves) and had a 3.65 ERA in nine outings for the Mets before being designated for assignment a couple weeks ago. That had to be tough on the 38-year-old, who is just shy of reaching 10 years of big-league service and another rung on his pension. He should be able to get there now.

The Bisons, meanwhile, are in Columbus to open a four-game series against Torey Lovullo's crew and get their first look at new Huntington Park. Doesn't look like staying with the Indians would have helped in the standings this year. The Clippers have the second-worst record in the IL at 47-62, eclipsed only by Buffalo's 40-66. In their bid to try to avoid the first 90-loss season of their modern era, the Bisons are on pace to finish 54-89.

Infielder Nick Evans has a 13-game road hitting streak, during which he's batting .321. For the season, Evans is hitting .235 on the road -- and just .118 in Coca-Cola Field (9 for 76) for a total of just .178. Catcher Robinson Cancel and reliever Pat Misch have been returned to the Herd by the Mets.

---A cat delayed the Royals-Mariners game last night in Kansas City. Pretty funny video here. No truth it flew in from Citi Field after tormenting the Mets in the afternoon.

---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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