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Mets sign ex-Yankee Bruney for Herd pen

Here might be a potentially sticky bit of chemistry someday later this summer in the Mets' clubhouse: The Amazins have signed former Yankees reliever Brian Bruney to a minor-league deal and assigned him to the Bisons. Safe to say Bruney is not one of Francisco Rodriguez's favorite guys in bullpens across America.

You may remember that Bruney and K-Rod nearly came to blows in the Yankee Stadium outfield during batting practice before a Subway Series game last year. This came after Bruney ripped the Mets' closer for his theatrics a couple days earlier after pitching in a Double-A rehab game.

Bruney is most noted for being a workhorse in the Yankees' pen the last four years. He made 153 relief appearances from 2006-2009, including 32 in 2008 (when he was 3-0, 1.83) and 44 last year (5-0, 3.92).

He signed with the Nationals in the winter and was 1-2, 7.64 in 19 games for Washington. He got a look with the Brewers, pitching two scoreless games in Nashville, before hooking up with the Mets.

---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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