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Around the horn as spring training winds down

Lots of news coming out of Florida as camps are starting to break up today:

---Just as the Mets get Carlos Beltran back in their lineup, they have a new injury crisis to deal with. It looks like Jason Bay is going to start the season on the disabled list with a rib cage strain suffered in batting practice. That could have big impact on the Bisons, allowing the Mets to keep Lucas Duda on their Opening Day roster rather than sending him to Buffalo. The Amazins have Nick Evans on waivers and he could get back to the Herd if he clears today. Duda was expected to split time in Buffalo between first base and the outfield.

---Speaking of the Bisons, they hosted a media briefing yesterday on changes to Coca-Cola Field for this season and the highlight was when they turned on their new HD board. The thing is gigundus and you will be blown away.

---The Blue Jays are moving 54-homer man Jose Bautista back to right field from third base because they're pleased with the improvement Edwin Encarnacion has made at third. Dangerous. The guy's initials are EE, not the best for a third baseman, and he often lived up to them last year with some shoddy glovework. But Encarnacion reportedly came to camp lighter and has shown improvement. We'll see.

---It looks like the Yankees are going to put Brett Gardner in the leadoff slot for Opening Day Thursday against the Tigers and move Derek Jeter to the No. 2 hole. This is definitely not the same Derek Jeter we've been used to seeing.

---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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