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Around the horn, leading off with Triple-A stars

Bisons---The Triple-A All-Star Game played Wednesday night in Salt Lake City was a lot like its MLB counterpart: Good pitching silences good hitting. The International League beat the Pacific Coast League, 3-0, getting all the runs in the second inning on a three-run homer by Durham's Russ Canzler. Bisons pitcher Chris Schwinden needed just seven pitches to toss a 1-2-3 fifth and aid the IL cause.

So now the countdown to Buffalo is really on. The next one is at Coca-Cola Field on July 11, 2012, as indicated by the banners in Salt Lake (left) the Bisons posted in this picture from their Twitter feed.

Here's hoping MLB Network does a dramatically better job with its telecast. Last night's was a joke. No player introductions or national anthems and incessant chatter from Chris Rose and Kevin Millar, neither of whom seemed to know much about any of the players other than MLB retreads Jeremy Hermida and Cody Ransom. 

And enough about the stupid sound effects. MLB Net talked more about the mics on the umpires than the players. It was a terrible showing.

As for the Bisons, they open a two-game set against Rochester tonight at the ballpark at 7. The teams play again Friday at 7:30.

---The Yankees open a four-game set tonight in Toronto (cheap plug: I'll be covering the final three) and the talk in New York this morning was about the potential lame-duck status of GM Brian Cashman, who would be in big demand if he ever tires of the Baby George Steinbrenners, Hank and Hal.

---The Mets don't open the second half until Friday against the Phillies and the team will work out today in Citi Field, which will be Terry Collins' first chance to tell his troops the K-Rod trade to Milwaukee was not a white-flag special. Tough call. The Mets had to do it to avoid paying his $17 million option for next year but now they're relying on Bobby Parnell to close? Might work. Might not. In a conference call Wednesday, GM Sandy Alderson said the Amazins are not giving up.

---The Mets say David Wright might be ready July 22. With no home games after tomorrow, that means no rehab in Buffalo. Bummer.

---Speaking of the Brewers, how are they going to mix and match K-Rod and former Canisius pitcher John Axford at the back end of their bullpen?  It's a dilemma to figure out.

---Mike Harrington


Bisons/Mets | Triple-A All-Star Game | Yankees
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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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