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Negrych in town with Syracuse to face Bisons

Here's one that completely slipped under my transaction wire until broadcasters Ben Wagner of the Bisons and Jason Benetti of Syracuse just gave me a heads-up: Former St. Francis High and University of Pittsburgh star Jim Negrych got promoted to Triple-A Sunday by the Washington Nationals and is in town this week with the Chiefs.

The Nationals promoted infielder Tyler Moore and megaprospect Bryce Harper and that created openings in Triple-A. Negrych was 3 for 5 in three games at Harrisburg. He went to spring training with the Marlins but was cut in late March.

Negyrch is not in tonight's lineup. (Read my earlier post on how the Bisons shape up tonight in gunning for their fifth straight win). He had a good debut for the Chiefs in Monday's 12-4 win over Charlotte as he went 1 for 4 but reached base five times on a two-run single, two walks and two errors.

We last saw Negyrch here in 2010 with Indianapolis, where he hit .295 in 48 games after a promotion up the Pirates' chain from Double-A Altoona and even homered in a game to beat the Bisons. He spent all of last year at Double-A Jacksonville in the Marlins chain, batting .304 with five homers and 46 RBIs in 121 games. He's a career .302 in six minor-league seasons.

---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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