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On the mic in the Big Apple

Before I head into my media bunker for some summer R&R, here's a link to my audio chat Sunday night with Mike Silva, the former head of New York Baseball Digest and now the creator of his own site, Mike Silva Media.

Like everyone else in the Big Apple, Silva wanted to know plenty about Matt Harvey. We also chatted about several other Bisons prospects and the future of the Bisons-Mets affiliation. The program runs for about an hour and I was on for the first 20 minutes or so. (There is plenty of Yankees and Mets chatter with other guests for the remainder of the show as well).

You can also listen by clicking the link below.

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

Spectacular debut for Harvey with Mets

Harvey first pitchIt was clear to everyone in Buffalo that Matt Harvey needed a new challenge. The Mets made a mistake not taking the Bisons' ace as soon as the Triple-A All-Star Game ended. Why in the world did they keep foisting Miguel Batista on the world? Did special assistant J.P. Ricciardi really leave town July 16 after watching Harvey face Toledo and really say the Mets would be better off with a 41-year-old guy? 

Looks pretty silly now after Harvey's incredible debut outing Thursday night in Arizona. In a 3-1 win over the Diamondbacks, Harvey pitched 5 1/3 shutout innings -- and became the first player in MLB annals since 1900 to record at least 10 strikeouts and get two hits in his debut. That's a crazy stat (Thanks, Elias Sports).

He set a Mets franchise record for most Ks in a debut. More than Seaver's previous mark of eight set against the Pirates in 1967. More than Jack Denehey's eight the same season. More than Doc Gooden. More than Jerry Koosman. No active pitcher has had more in their debut except Stephen Strasburg's 14 in 2010.

Check out the full reaction with plenty of links from ESPNNY.com.

New York Post columnist Kevin Kernan was duly impressed and got the reaction from Harvey's family in the stands.

Here's MLB.com's video review of Harvey's outing, followed by the post-game comments of manager Terry Collins, Harvey and catcher Rob Johnson on SNY. Great stuff.

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

Harvey's big-league debut is tonight for Mets

The Mets finished a winless and plainly awful homestand with Wednesday afternoon's loss to the Nationals at Citi Field. Then they hopped a plane and headed West to open an 11-game road trip. On the docket in the opener tonight at Arizona -- the major-league debut for former Bisons ace Matt Harvey.

The game starts at 9:40 and will be on SNY. Harvey, of course, blew up in his final outing for the Bisons last Saturday night and the prevailing theory is that he was clearly distracted by all the talk about a promotion.

Harvey threw a bullpen session for the Mets when he arrived at Citi Field on Monday and then met the voracious-for-info New York media. The Mets admitted they timed his debut to be on the road to cut down on media and friends-and-family distractions for Harvey, a Connecticut native who played at the University of North Carolina.

Here's an update on Harvey SNY taped a couple of weeks ago during a visit to Coca-Cola Field.

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

 

Struck in Seattle: A-Rod goes on the DL with broken hand after getting cranked by King Felix

ArodIt was about 1 a.m. in Buffalo when the Yankees' season took a potentially damaging turn. Alex Rodriguez, batting .347 in his last 11 games, was left writhing on the ground at Safeco Field (left) when he was struck on the left hand by a Felix Hernandez pitch. It was a changeup at 88 mph but it did damage: A-Rod has a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal and will be examined Thursday back in New York.

Backup infielder Eric Chavez said he suffered the same injury a few years ago and was out 6-8 weeks. Whoa. That would put A-Rod on the shelf well into September.

The New York Daily News has an excellent recap, with comments from all the parties involved.

For video of the play where A-Rod was injured (there's no embed code, sorry), go to this MLB.com story page.

The Yankees have called up Ramiro Pena for today's 3:30 matinee where you can expect some retribution because A-Rod, Derek Jeter and Ichiro were all hit in a five-batter span of the eighth. But Pena and Chavez are just stopgaps. You have to figure the Yanks hit the trade market at third base, and you have to think the price for guys like the Padres' Chase Headley just went up. Especially when the Yankees call.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post has a look at some possible replacements.

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

Photo: Associated Press

 

New York, New York: Ichiro will help Yankees, Duda gets word to join Herd

Ichiro-joeIchiro Suzuki is a Yankee. Stunning move. Good move.

With his team and his career going nowhere in Seattle, the Mariners' longtime right fielder was sent to the Bronx Monday night -- but actually just went across the tunnel after holding a press conference (left) since the Yankees are in Safeco Field! 

He cost the Yankees only Scranton/Wilkes-Barre pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar.  Brett Gardner is out for the year, Nick Swisher is ailing and the Yankees need some offense other than home runs. I bet Ichiro will get rejuvenated in a year where he was batting a career-low .261 and playing for a last-place team.

Now he's in first place, has a chance to take advantage of the short porch and the alleys at Yankee Stadium and show he can still play in the final season of his five-year, $90-million deal. Ichiro is in the lineup batting eighth and playing right field for tonight's 10:10 p.m. start on YES

“I am going from a team with the most losses to a team with the most wins,” Suzuki said. “So I am not able to contain my excitement in that regard.”

Meanwhile, back in the big city, there was lots of chatter before the Mets' game against Washington in Citi Field earlier Monday. Former Bisons ace Matt Harvey threw a bullpen session prior to the game and got the word from the New York brass not to try to be a savior.

"We just said, 'Look, don't approach this that you're the savior,' that you're going to turn this thing around because you're in the rotation now," said manager Terry Collins. "There's a lot of things we've got to fix. Our starting rotation is only one part of it. Just go out every fifth day and pitch effectively and learn from the start before to get better, and hopefully at the end of the year we have a real good read on what the future may hold." 

"It was awesome," Harvey said of finally getting the call. "We had a game yesterday and I went home and was getting ready to go hang out with my parents. And Wally [Buffalo manager Wally Backman] called. I was pretty much getting ready to lay down for a while. As soon as he told me I popped right out of bed and called my parents. And obviously they were extremely excited."

Harvey spent Monday on the Mets' taxi squad and will be added to the roster today in preparation for his start Thursday in Arizona. The Mets will have to make room on the roster for him and it looks like struggling outfielder Lucas Duda is in danger of coming to Triple-A at some point soon.

(2:30 p.m. Tuesday update: The Mets called up reliever Manny Acosta from Buffalo around midnight Monday and have just sent Duda to the Herd)

(11 p.m. Monday update): Duda got a stay late Monday night as Pedro Beato was sent back after blowing up in the 10th inning of the 8-2 loss to Washington)

Adam Rubin of ESPNNY.com has this update on Duda's struggles. Duda is batting only .241 on the season with 12 homers and 44 RBIs but is just 9 for 62 (.145) since June 24 with only one homer and two RBIs. 

Duda hit .302 with 10 homers and 24 RBIs in a 38-game stint with the Bisons early last season. He was at .314-17-53 in 70 games for the Herd in 2010 before getting his first big-league callup.

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

Getty Images photo: Ichiro meets the media Monday in Seattle along with his new manager, Joe Girardi

Baxter on rehab stint with Bisons

Outfielder Mike Baxter will bat leadoff as the designated hitter for the Buffalo Bisons tonight. Baxter joined the club on a major league rehabilitation assignment. He suffered a displaced right collarbone crashing into the wall on June 1 to make this catch and preserve Johan Santana's no-hitter.

Starting for the Herd in their last game of this homestand is Jeurys Familia. Familia has been red-hot of late, winning two straight decisions and posting an 0.87 earned-run average in his last three starts. In 20 innings over that span, he has 20 strikeouts and four walks.

Pedro Hernandez gets the nod for Charlotte. He was 7-2, 2.75 in 12 starts at Double-A Birmingham, then had no decisions with a 3.75 ERA in two outings for Charlotte before getting called up to the Chicago White Sox. He made his major-league debut last Wednesday in Fenway Park, giving up eight runs and 12 hits over four innings in a 10-1 loss, and was returned to Triple-A. He gave up three-run homers in back-to-back innings to Red Sox DH Cody Ross.

Tonight's Bisons lineup:

Mike Baxter -- DH
Josh Rodriguez -- SS
Adam Loewen -- 1B
Zach Lutz -- 3B
Josh Satin -- 2B
Valentino Pascucci -- RF
Matt Tuiasosopo -- LF
Matt den Dekker -- CF
Rob Johnson -- C

--- Amy Moritz 

Bisons ace Harvey gets the call; will start for Mets Thursday in Arizona

In the end, justice and sanity prevailed for the New York Mets. They were late in promoting Bisons ace Matt Harvey to their rotation and you had to wonder after he blew up Saturday night against Charlotte if they were going to look elsewhere but Harvey finally got the call to Queens Sunday night.

He'll be on the Mets' taxi squad on Monday, be put on the active roster Tuesday and will make his major-league debut for the Mets Thursday night in Arizona.

With injuries to Johan Santana and Dillon Gee, it would appear Harvey will likely stay the rest of the year in the big leagues. Realistically, he's got nothing left to prove here anyway.

Harvey is 7-5 with a 3.68 ERA in an International League-high 20 starts for the Bisons. His 112 strikeouts are second in the IL and tied seventh-most in a single season in the Bisons modern era.

Harvey's departure almost certainly signals the promotion of top prospect Zach Wheeler from Double-A Binghamton to replace him. Wheeler, a 22-year-old right-hander acquired last year from San Francisco for Carlos Beltran, is 9-5 with a 2.99 ERA and 101 strikeouts for the B-Mets. 

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

More on Harvey and today's lineup

The Bisons have been shut out the last two days by Charlotte -- getting just two hits in each game -- and they're back at it today. The lineup is a little better, with Fred Lewis returning to DH while nursing elbow trouble, Josh Rodriguez back at shortstop and Valentino Pascucci in right field.

What's still percolating in my mind, however, is the Matt Harvey situation. Mets manager Terry Collins said this morning he's made no decision about Thursday night's start in Arizona. It won't be Miguel Batista, who was designated for assignment today (the Mets would like him to clear waivers and report to Buffalo).

There's chatter it could be Collin McHugh, which I think is ridiculous. He's 1-3, 4.54 in Triple-A. He's got a great Twitter account and writes a thought-provoking blog. Fine. Harvey has thrown 110 innings here, won seven games, struck out more than 100 and was an all-star. 

Bottom line: It should be Harvey, even though he got shelled here Saturday. Roll the dice and see what happens. He can't be any worse than Batista was.

The Mets blew it when they didn't take Harvey after the Triple-A All-Star Game, when he threw two strong innings in front of a full house and was named IL MVP. Now he's back playing the mental game with himself. You don't do that to young prospects, especially No. 1 picks.

Either make a trade in the next three days and tell Harvey to keep working and see us in September, or call him up and throw him out there Thursday.

Onward. Here's today's lineup:

Fred Lewis, dh
Josh Rodriguez, ss
Adam Loewen, 1b
Zach Lutz, 3b
Josh Satin, 2b
Valentino Pascucci, rf
Matt Tuiasosopo, lf
Matt den Dekker, cf
Lucas May, c
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Garrett Olson, p

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

Looks like tonight is Harvey's last start for Herd; Slumping Pascucci gets night off

HarveyYou could say tonight is the second straight audition for Matt Harvey (left) to get to New York but it looks almost certain he's going, no matter what happens in the Bisons' game against Charlotte in Coca-Cola Field.

Jeremy Hefner was called up after last night's game because Johan Santana went on the disabled list with the team claiming a bad ankle and not a post-no-hitter ERA of 6.54. Hefner pitched three innings today against the Dodgers and is likely to start Wednesday against the Washington Nationals in Citi Field.

Miguel Batista needed 81 pitches just to get through three innings today so Harvey is almost certain to get the call to make his big-league debut Thursday night in Arizona.

Harvey (7-4, 3.34) becomes the fifth pitcher in the IL to make 20 starts this season. He has 106 strikeouts and needs just three to take over second in the league before his expected departure. As of this writing, the Mets have given manager Wally Backman no short pitch count for Harvey.

"He's got to keep working to find a way to get deep in games,' Backman told me this afternoon. "He has done it at times but it's all about consistency. He's gotten better."

In other news today, Backman is giving Valentino Pascucci the night off. The All-Star Home Run Derby champion is batting just .226 on the season, is 2 for 15 on the homestand -- and just 8 for 53 in July (.151).

Pascucci's home run Sunday at Pawtucket is his only one in the last 32 games, a stunning power drop for a guy with 245 career longballs in the minors. There was a lot of pressure and attention on Pascucci at the all-star break and Backman said he looks tired.

"That's my concern in resting him right now, trying to get him a little time off," Backman said. "There's no break for those guys [who make the all-star game). I think it's had an effect on him, from looking at the whole situation. ... It's clear his bat has been a little bit slow."

Quite a different lineup today with Brad Emaus batting leadoff for the first time this year, Lucas May at first base for only the third time, Josh Satin DHing in the No. 5 hole with Zach Lutz moving into the cleanup slot. Here's the full look:

Brad Emaus, 2b
Oswaldo Navarro, ss
Adam Loewen, rf
Zach Lutz, 3b
Josh Satin, dh
Matt Tuiasosopo, lf
Lucas May, 1b
Matt den Dekker, cf
Rob Johnson, c
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Matt Harvey, p

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

Photo: Harvey works Monday night by Mark Mulville/Buffalo News

It's a big day for Canada as Toronto Sun writer takes his place in Cooperstown

1342432630768_ORIGINALIt's Hall of Fame weekend, with the induction of Barry Larkin and the late Ron Santo coming up Sunday afternoon in Cooperstown. The festivities start today at historic Doubleday Field as FOX announcer Tim McCarver accepts the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcast excellence and longtime Toronto Sun writer Bob Elliott (left) accepts the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing as presented by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

It's the first time a Canadian writer has been honored with the Spink Award (see city list of winners here) and I can tell you first-hand the BBWAA made a spectacular choice. Elliott, who has covered baseball in Canada since the late 1970s, is one of my favorite writers and I have read his work chronicling the Blue Jays since the team's glory days of the 1980s and early 90s.

He is known as the foremost expert on baseball in Canada, with encyclopedic knowledge of not just the big leagues -- but virtually every key amateur and minor-league player from the Great White North.

His Sun archive section is here and you can see his fascinating mix of stories about MLB and the Canadian bushes. There's no one else like him.

Elliott is revered by Canadians such as Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins, Larry Walker, Justin Morneau, Joey Votto and former Canisius pitcher John Axford as well as prominent amateur and collegiate officials, often giving praise in his columns to native Canadians like Canisius coach Mike McRae.

When I'm in the Rogers Centre press box and can exchange a quick hello with Elliott and he inevitably asks, "how are things in Buffalo?" it's just quite simply a kick. He's a legend. 

Toronto Sun columnist Bill Lankhof penned an incredible piece on Elliott this week. Sure, it's long but it really gives you an idea what makes the man tick. Columnist Steve Simmons, hired at the Sun a few weeks after Elliott in 1987, authored his feelings yesterday.

Simmons made a point I've always noticed about Elliott: He's never -- and I mean never -- in the midst of a media scrum in the Jays' clubhouse. He's off on his own talking to someone else most of the time. And not always a player. A coach, a trainer, a broadcaster, whoever. It's always fascinated me to see him work a room like that while television cameras are breathlessly trying to get worthless sound bites. It's old-school journalism and it still works.

Things are great in Buffalo, sir, and thanks for asking. And big congratulations to you from this side of the border.

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

(Toronto Sun photo of Elliott Friday in Cooperstown)

Bisons open four game series with Charlotte

The Buffalo Bisons went from playing the second worst team in the International League to playing the second best.

After going 2-2 against the Toledo Mud Hens, who are just 39-59 overall, the Herd opens a four-game series with the Charlotte Knights tonight. The Knights, the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, have the second best mark in the league at 56-44, leading the IL South.

Bison manager Wally Backman was not happy with his club on Thursday despite their 9-8 walk-off win.

"I really feel that we played down to the level of this team," Backman said after the win over Toledo. "I think they’re a last place team and I feel that we played down to them. We had opportunities to win every single game. We won the game. I’m happy about that but a split is almost unacceptable for us playing a team that we know we should come out and beat."

The Herd will try to play up to its competition. The Bisons are 51-48 and four games back or the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs in the IL North.

Collin McHugh will start for the Herd. He has yet to record a decision at Coca-Cola Field though he is 1-2 with the Bisons with a 4.55 ERA.

Tonight's Bison lineup:

Matt den Dekker -- CF
Oswaldo Navarro -- SS
Adam Loewen -- 1B
Zach Lutz -- 3B
Josh Satin -- 2B
Valentino Pascucci -- DH
Matt Tuiasosopo -- RF
Raul Reyes -- LF
Rob Johnson -- C

--- Amy Moritz 

 

Schwinden returns to Buffalo

Chris Schwinden could have his own version of the song "Traveling Man" with the way his year has gone. He's made a lot of stops all over professional baseball, and he returns to pitch in Coca-Cola Field for the Buffalo Bisons this afternoon as they close out their four-game series with the Toledo Mud Hens.

This will be his first time pithcing in Buffalo since May 22.

Schwinden started the year with the Herd and was promoted to the New York Mets twice. On June 1 he was designated for assignment, and that's where his travels began.

Schwinden was designated for assignment five times between June 1 and July 10 being claimed by four differnet teams. From the Mets he was claimed by Toronto then by Cleveland then by the Yankees. He was claimed agian by the Mets on July 5, was designated for assignment on July 10 and cleared waivers to be assigned to Buffalo.

Schwinden has gone 3-4 with a 2.44 ERA in 10 starts with the Herd this season.

This afternoon's Bisons lineup:

Fred Lewis -- LF
Brad Emaus -- 2B
Adam Loewen -- 1B
Zach Lutz -- 3B
Josh Satin -- DH
Valentino Pascucci -- RF
Josh Rodriguez -- SS
Matt den Dekker --CF
Lucas May -- C

-- Amy Moritz 

Familia back on the mound

Jeurys Familia is back on the mound for the Buffalo Bisons as they continue their homestand aganst the Toledo Mud Hens. Familia has had back-to-back quality starts, earning wins at Syracuse and Pawtucket. In those two games, he has allowed just one earned run on 10 hits with two walks and 11 strikeouts. He is 7-5 on the season and is making his 20th start of the year -- the most in the International League.

Tonight's lineup for the Bisons:

Fred Lewis -- LF
Josh Rodriguez -- SS
Adam Loewen -- RF
Zach Lutz -- 1B
Valentino Pascucci -- DH
Josh Satin -- 2B
Matt den Dekker -- CF
Matt Tuiasosopo -- 3B
Rob Johnson -- C

--- Amy Moritz 

Bisons get back to business

The luster of All-Star week has passed and the hullaballo over Matt Harvey's last start has died down, rendering the Coca-Cola Field press box back to normal for the Buffalo Bisons matchup with the Toledo Mud Hens tonight.

This afternoon, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said that Miguel Batista will get the start in New York on Saturday, taking Dillon Gee's spot in the rotation as he recovers from surgery to remove a blood clot in his shoulder. Adam Rubin on ESPN quoted Alderson as saying that Harvey's "development and future are independent of our needs in 2012." Alderson continued, "I think it's more likely than not that he will pitch in New York sometime this season. It just won't be Saturday in Citi Field."

Back in Buffalo, the Herd is looking to stop a two-game losing skid. The Bisons dropped their series opener against Toledo, 4-2, Monday by giving up a pair of runs in the ninth. Fred Lewis doubled in that game to extend his hitting streak to seven games.

Righty Jeremy Hefner takes the mound in his ninth start and first at Coca-Cola Field since May 15. Hefner is 4-2 with a 2.96 ERA.

Tonight's Bison's lineup:

Fred Lewis -- LF
Josh Rodriguez -- SS
Adam Loewen -- 1B
Zach Lutz -- DH
Valentino Pascucci -- RF
Josh Satin -- 2B
Matt den Dekker -- CF
Matt Tuiasosopo -- 3B
Rob Johnson -- C

--- Amy Moritz 

Bay feels ready to return to Mets

While the focus of Monday night's Buffalo Bisons game with the Toledo Mud Hens was the start of Matt Harvey, Jason Bay got a fair amount of attention, too. He made his third appearance with the Herd on a major league rehabilitation assignment after suffering a concussion with the New York Mets on June 15.

Starting in left field and batting second, Bay went 0 for 2 with two walks. 

"Other than the ball I completey lost in the twilight, I though it was good," Bay said of his game Monday night. "Good at bats and we'll sit down right now and map out a plan and make a decision. Physically as far as injury-wise I feel good. It's still coming back to me, swing wise and coming back into game shape. I feel every game has been a little bit better."

There was no official word in Buffalo if Bay was going to join the Mets today as they opened their series in Washington, but it's highly likely.

"If you ask any guy they're going to say 'Oh, I want to go up.' Obviously I want to get up there," Bay said. "We just want to make sure it's the best thing. ... We kinda vowed that this time back around we're going to take our time and not just say, hey good enough, c'mon up. You definitely need your feet underneath you. Like I said, I'm not making the decision so we'll find out but hopefully I'll be in Washington tomorrow."

Bay had one blooper playing left field for the Herd. In the eighth inning with the score tied, 2-2, he lost sight of a fly ball which skyed over his head and dropped for a leadoff hit. Toledo didn't score in the eighth, but did go on to score twice in the ninth for a 4-2 win over the Herd.

What happened on that play?

"Twilight," Bay said. "There's about a 10-minute window everywhere at dusk, that twilight time that if the ball goes up there, you've got to stick with it. That one went up and I had no idea where it went. What made me feel better is that guy didn't score."

--- Amy Moritz

Matt Harvey: Ready for his closeup?

Hours before the Buffalo Bisons opened a four-game series with the Toledo Mud Hens, the press box at Coca-Cola Field was already filled with laptops. See, the New York City media descended on Buffalo today what with the Mets having the day off and the big-buzz guy pitching for the Herd today.

Matt Harvey gets his 18th start of the season for Buffalo tonight and he's the latest rage in the social media stratosphere when it comes to the Mets and pitching rotation. He name has been mentioned routinely as a potential call-up to the big league club this season and the chatter grew more intense in the past week when Dillon Gee was put on the injured reserved list and underwent surger for a blood clot in his shoulder. Gee's spot in the rotation comes up again Saturday at Citi Field and there's been much speculation that the Harvey will get his first trip to the big leagues for the start.

And so the speculation continued to downtown Buffalo Monday afternoon as reporters questioned J.P. Ricciardi, special assistant to Mets' General Manager Sandy Alderson. Would Monday night serve as an audition for Harvey?

"I don’t think this is a make or break start for him or anything like that," Ricciardi said.

"I can tell you that I’m not up here to make that decision. I can tell you if that decision comes it wouldn’t be based I think on just today. I don’t want to sit here and tell you that could happen and then it doesn’t happen. But I’m just here to really see where he’s at. ... I wasn’t told that this is an audition for him, that [he pitches] well and he’s in the big leagues. I think we’re just excited that we’ve got some good young arms. We’d be foolish to rush him in any way, shape or form.

"Ultimately he’s going to be a big leaguer. When it is, only time will tell. ... Ultimatley Matt will be pitching for the Mets at some point."

Harvey is 7-4 for the Herd this year with a 3.39 earned run average.

Also in the lineup for the Herd tonight is Jason Bay, who continues his Major League rehabilitation assignment with the Herd after suffering a concussion on June 15 with the Mets. In his two appearances with the Bisons, Bay has gone 3 for 8 (.375).

Tonight's Bisons lineup:

Fred Lewis -- DH
Jason Bay -- LF
Adam Loewen -- 1B
Zach Lutz -- 3B
Matt den Dekker -- CF
Josh Satin -- 2B
Matt Tuiasosopo -- RF
Josh Rodriguez -- SS
Lucas May -- C

--- Amy Moritz 

 

 

 

 

All-Star reads

The Triple-A season resumes today while the major leagues get back at it Friday. The Bisons are off to Pawtucket to open a four-game series tonight and they have to hope Valentino Pascucci's big swings at all the Triple-A All-Star Game can get his bat going. Pascucci, remember, is only batting .229 for Buffalo this year but he definitely was the star of the show among fans here the last three days.

If you missed some of our All-Star coverage today, here's a quick read. 

The PCL pitching controlled the game -- 11 pitchers, 11 strikeouts and a five-hit shutout -- as the IL bats couldn't produce any drama. 

Jerry Sullivan talks to Bisons operators Bob and Mindy Rich about how the night had a clear throwback feeling to 1988. 

Two shutout innings for Matt Harvey.  The Bisons ace is drawing more and more attention in New York in the wake of Dillon Gee's shoulder surgery. I say he's very, very close to being ready for the big leagues. If he's lights-out when he pitches here Monday against Toledo, the Mets are going to be very tempted to pull the trigger.

A great night for St. Francis' Jim Negrych.  Got a couple nice ovations, got the IL's last hit.

Add luncheon speaker Tom Seaver to the list of folks thinking Reggie Jackson spoke out of turn on the Hall of Fame in Sports Illustrated. 

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

They said it after the Triple-A All-Star Game

You can click on any of the audio files below to take a spin around the interview room following the Pacific Coast League's 3-0 win over the International League in Wednesday's Triple-A All-Star Game at Coca-Cola Field.

Lots of chatter about the atmosphere in the sold-out ballpark. Among other topics are the surprisingly dominant PCL pitching, the walks to Pascucci, Myers whirlwind week that including standing ovations from Royals fans at the Futures Game in Kansas City, and Harvey's thoughts on his outing and injured Mets teammate Dillon Gee.


IL Star of Stars Matt Harvey (Bisons)


IL DH Valentino Pascucci (Bisons)


IL 2B Jim Negrych (Syracuse)


IL manager Mike Sarbaugh (Columbus)


PCL manager Marty Brown (Las Vegas)


PCL Star of Stars Wil Myers (Omaha)

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

Live from the Triple-A All-Star Game

Triple-A All-Star Game lineups

Here are the starting lineups for tonight's Triple-A All-Star Game. The first pitch is at 7:08 and the television coverage on MLB Network opens at 7. We'll have a live blog around gametime. Bisons ace Matt Harvey is expected to relieve Tyler Cloyd and pitch innings 2-3.

PCL
Adam Eaton, cf (Reno)
Jake Elmore, 2b (Reno)
Ryan Wheeler, 3b (Reno)
Mike Hessman, 1b (Oklahoma City)
Luis Jimenez, dh (Tacoma)
Wil Myers, lf (Omaha)
Kole Calhoun, rf (Salt Lake City)
Adeiny Hechavarria, ss (Las Vegas)
Tim Federowicz, c (Albuquerque)
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Graham Godfrey, p (Sacramento)

IL
Corey Brown, cf (Syracuse)
Leslie Anderson, rf (Durham)
Matt LaPorta, lf (Columbus)
Dan Johnson, 3b (Charlotte)
Ernesto Mejia, 1b (Gwinnett)
Ryan Lavarnway, c (Pawtucket)
Valentino Pascucci, dh (Buffalo)
Cord Phelps, 2b (Columbus)
Pedro Florimon, ss (Rochester)
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Tyler Cloyd, p (Lehigh Valley)

---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 | mharrington@buffnews.com


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 | amoritz@buffnews.com

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