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Girardi makes good call benching A-Rod for Game Five

Be sure to vote in our poll on who will win Yankees-Orioles Game Five (and do it quick before I close it down!)

And do it with this knowledge: No A-Rod in the lineup for the Yankees and he's not happy. 

Quick thought: Joe Girardi has been doing a good job handling a very tricky situation. But he's got more trouble than just A-Rod. With Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano all struggling too, this series would be over if Orioles closer Jim Johnson had been himself, especially in Game Three.

Girardi needs somebody -- anybody -- to get a hit.

(I'm going to be off the Twitter grid for this one covering the Sabres/French Connection statue unveiling. I'll need lots of good tweets to keep me updated!)

---Mike Harrington
Twitter: @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.

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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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