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Taking a quick trip around the majors and minors, starting with some big Bisons notes:

---Jesus Feliciano is likely getting his first big-league callup today after the 12:15 game in Norfolk. Virtually every Mets story (like this one) says he will join the team for Tuesday's game against the Padres at Citi Field (the Mets are off today). Good for him. Long overdue.

---Feliciano and Mike Jacobs both had five-hit games Saturday night in Norfolk -- the first time in Buffalo's modern era two players had five hits in the same game. Feliciano had two five-hit games in a seven-day span. For some perspective on how bizarre that is, no player had ever posted a pair of five-hit games in their entire Buffalo careers, let alone a season or a week.

---The first-round of the draft is tonight at 7 on MLB Network. Baseball can try all it wants to make this an NFL- or NBA-style event but it will never work. Other than Bryce Harper going No. 1 to the Nationals, does anyone know any of these guys? Watch for a big draft for the Blue Jays: They have four of the first 41 picks.

---Stephen Strasburg's debut is Tuesday at 7 on MLB Network against the Pirates. Uh-oh. Are we going to get blacked out of that one because we're in the Pirates' "local market"? I wonder. I'll be in Cleveland Sunday for what's expected to be Strasburg's second start.

---Slugging Mike Stanton, whose 21 homers at Double-A Jacksonville, has kept him ahead of Bisons third baseman Mike Hessman for the lead in pro ball, is getting his callup to the Marlins Tuesday as well and will skip Triple-A Albuquerque entirely.

---What happened in the eighth inning Sunday in Toronto? The Yankees scored four runs in the top of the inning and acting manager Tony Pena made a big gaffe in the bottom when Mariano Rivera was first called in and then sent back to the bullpen. Pena had called the pen and said Rivera was coming but changed his mind and raised his left to hand to signal in Damaso Marte as he was walking to the mound. Rivera had got to the mound before anyone noticed but Cito Gaston did, in one of the few things Gaston did right.

---I'm on vacation this week. Rodney McKissic will have your Bisons updates Saturday night on Star Wars night. Look for the team's black jerseys. I'll talk to you again Sunday from Cleveland.

---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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