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Pregame chatter by the Bay

SAN FRANCISCO -- We're about an hour away from the start of Game Two of the World Series and here's what's making news at AT&T Park.

---It's a typical Bay Area day. That means windy-windy-windy. The flags are flying. Wonder if anyone gets blown off the mound like used to happen at Candlestick Park. A bigger issue is it's supposed to rain. The TVs in the auxiliary press box in left field are covered in wrapping and towels have been handed out for reporters to shield their laptops. I've abandoned ship and taken it to the basement workroom for now.

---Vlad Guerrero is out of right field after his two-error melodrama last night. Manager Ron Washington said last night Guerrero would be back out there tonight but he whistled a different tune today, claiming he wanted to split time between Guerrero and David Murphy. Sure. 

---Giants infielder Aubrey Huff regularly attended games at old Arlington Stadium and recalled about sitting in the upper deck on dollar hot dog nights as a teen-ager before today's game. He had tickets to Ryan's seventh no-hitter, in 1991 against Toronto, but did not go to the game.

"My mom was too tired from work that day to take us, and he threw a no-hitter that night and we missed it, Huff said. "I was so upset. Having grown up I've been a Ranger fan my whole life and obviously he was the face of the franchise. For me just to see what he's done with that organization already since he's been there, it's been amazing. It's pretty cool being able to play in the World Series against a team I grew up rooting for."

---Ryan met the media for about 20 minutes and didn't break much new ground. He said he'd love to see baseball drop the DH, that's he disappointed with the Dallas Cowboys season but he's thrilled with the way the Rangers are taking some of the attention away from football.

---The Mets are announcing Sandy Alderson as their new GM tomorrow. That's good news for the Bisons. Alderson is a huge booster of development from his days in Oakland. Sounds like there will be dueling press conferences in New York as the Yankees are set to announce Joe Girardi's new three-year deal as well.

---Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield, the former Bisons knuckleballer, has been named the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award for community service. Wakefield has done huge work for the famous Jimmy Fund for cancer research in Boston and in his hometown of Melbourne, Fla.

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington) 

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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 | [email protected]


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 | [email protected]

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