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Getting a read on Triple-A All-Star Day

Nearly two years in the making, today is Triple-A All-Star Day in Buffalo.

The Bisons will host Triple-A baseball's top players tonight at 7 in Coca-Cola Field but the day begins at noon with a sold-out luncheon for 900 in the Adam's Mark, featuring Hall of Famer Tom Seaver. Be sure to check out today's print and online coverage from The News starting with our video preview.

---In our cover story, Charlie Specht and Steve Watson address all the things that have changed since the game was last year in 1988 but the one thing that's the same is that the ballpark can still be a great gathering place for downtown.

---On the field, the game has come full circle with the 25th anniversary edition returning to the ballpark where the first one was held in 1988.  You can read more on the genesis of the event by going back to the cover story of Monday's preview section.

---It's a major homecoming for Marty Brown, the Las Vegas manager who led the Bisons to a title in 2004.

---Jerry Sullivan chats with St. Francis product Jim Negrych, the final player added to the all-star rosters.

---Bisons ace Matt Harvey will be the IL's first reliever and the Triple-A rookie is thrilled he's in the game and closing in on a shot with the Mets.

---Amy Moritz checks in with Pirates prospect Starling Marte and lists several other names to watch.

---Moritz also has the outlook from the starting pitchers, Graham Godfrey of Sacramento and Tyler Cloyd of Lehigh Valley.

---Don't miss the ceremonial first pitch: It's from Hall of Famer Tom Seaver to Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg. 

John Lott of Toronto's National Post came to town yesterday and did this interview with Las Vegas shortstop and top Blue Jays prospect Adeiny Hechavarria.

The Bleacher Report has quick hits on 10 players you need to know in tonight's game.

Western New York media veteran Dave Ricci chipped in for the Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice with a story about reigning IL MVP Russ Canzler of Columbus.

The Salt Lake Tribune checks in with Angels prospect Kyle Calhoun, who went right from Class A to Triple-A this year and even got a brief call to Anaheim. 

---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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