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Game Two podcast: Cardinals pull even, get to go home

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The Cardinals celebrate the win that evened the series. (AP Photo)


By Mike Harrington

Click below to hear my final thoughts on Game Two of the World Series, a 4-2 win for the St. Louis Cardinals that snapped a nine-game winning streak in Series play by the Boston Red Sox. The last Series loss for Boston? Game Seven in 1986 against the Mets in old Shea Stadium.

This one was about Boston's sloppy defense in the seventh and St. Louis' electric trio of pitchers. As we head to the Midwest, the Sox will be without David Ortiz or Mike Napoli in each game. Look for Ortiz at first base and Napoli on the bench in Game Three. A big disadvantage.

Mike Harrington on Game Two

Live blog at 8 p.m.: World Series Game Two

Pregame chatter: Nothing on Lester's glove, Beltran's ribs OK

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It was bright and sunny today prior to Game Two. The temperatures will be in the 40s tonight.

By Mike Harrington

BOSTON -- The biggest pregame chatter at Fenway Park today was about what was -- or wasn't -- on the glove of Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester during Game One. The Big Lead and Deadspin both ran today with a tweet from Cardinals Class A pitcher Tyler Melling that accused Lester of having vasoline on his glove and video seemed to show some sort of green goo.

(It reminds us Series regulars about the Kenny Rogers pine tar scandal in Game Two in Detroit in 2006).

"If you know Jon Lester he sweats like a pig and he needs rosin," Boston manager John Farrell said during his daily media briefing. "He keeps it in in his glove. Other guys will keep it on their arm, other guys will keep it on their pant leg. That's my response to the allegations. The one thing that's very odd is that it shows up in a lime green color. I don't know how that can happen."

"It was just rosin. All I ever used, all I will use," Lester said during batting practice. And about the green color?  "I don't know what that is. It looks like a giant booger."

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was understandably uncomfortable with the topic. After all, if his team starts pulling this kind of stuff, nothing stopping the Red Sox from turning the tables.

"This was not instigated by us. And the way that we approach this is we just play the game," Matheny said. "We don't deny that some things have been acknowledged. And if that's what he claims, then that's what it is. That's all there is to it. And right now it's pretty much a dead issue.

"... If we started going down that path, we would just be trying to make excuses for a pitcher having a very good game against us and us not getting the job done. And that's not the kind of team we are."

In other news:

---The Cardinals were waiting on their lineup because they don't know the status of Carlos Beltran's injured ribs. But after he took batting practice, he was back there. Meanwhile, Pete Kozma was pulled from shortstop after his two errors in Game One and has been replaced by Daniel Descalso.

---Farrell confirmed Clay Buchholz will start in Game Four and that either David Ortiz or Mike Napoli will have to sit in St. Louis without the designated hitter. 

---During the game, look for a tribute to Boston Marathon bombing victims and an on-field presentation to retiring Yankees closer Mariano Rivera with the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award. Rivera will be holding a press conference here in the 7 p.m. hour. He's the 12th player to receive the award, the first since Ken Griffey Jr., in 2011.

---There will be ceremonial first pitches thrown by members of the 2004 Series champion Red Sox, notably Pedro Martinez, and the national anthem will be sung by James Taylor. He will also be doing "America the Beautiful" in the seventh-inning stretch, a departure from the normal "God Bless America."

(Whether you like his music or not, Taylor will be awesome. I was in the park early this afternoon and heard his rehearsal. Great stuff).

I'll be having my live comments here in a separate post starting at 8 p.m. I'll even throw you a changeup: We'll also open the floor for comments during the fourth and fifth innings.

Game 1 podcast: All goes right for Sox, all goes wrong for Cards

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David Ortiz (right) gives it up to Dustin Pedroia after Boston's 8-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of the World Series. (AP Photo).

By Mike Harrington

BOSTON -- Click below to hear my thoughts on the 8-1 thrashing the Red Sox handed the St. Louis Cardinals in Game One of the World Series Wednesday night in Fenway Park.

The Cardinals didn't make any plays defensively, didn't get the key pitches they needed to from Adam Wainwright, had a correct umpire's decision go against them and didn't score a run until the ninth inning.

Other than that, everything was fine.

It really is fine for New England's Olde Towne Team. The Red Sox made it nine straight in the World Series and have scored 10 runs in the first inning of Game One in their last three trips to the Fall Classic. That's called getting off to a good start and it's hard to beat. They go for a 2-0 lead here Thursday night.

Mike Harrington on Game One

Game One lineups and pregame news from Fenway

By Mike Harrington

BOSTON -- The lineups are in for Game One of the World Series and they read as follows:

St. Louis
Matt Carpenter, 2b
Carlos Beltran, rf
Matt Hollidahy, lf
Allen Craig, dh
Yadier Molina, c
David Freese, 3b
Matt Adams, 1b
Shane Robinson, cf
Pete Kozma, ss
---
Adam Wainwright, p

Boston
Jacoby Ellsbury, cf
Shane Victorino, rf
Dustin Pedroia, 2b
David Ortiz, dh
Mike Napoli, 1b
Jonny Gomes, lf
Xander Bogaerts, 3b
Stephen Drew, ss
David Ross, c
---
Jon Lester, p 

With no games yet under their belts in this series, not a lot of pregame chatter. The biggest news was when Red Sox manager John Farrell said Clay Buchholz will pitch this weekend in St. Louis in either Game Three of Four. Buchholz has struggled with his velocity in the postseason and rumors have been rampant here the Sox may replace him with Felix Doubront, especially when Doubront threw an unscheduled simulated game at Fenway Tuesday night.

Buchholz missed three months with a shoulder injury and was taken out of a start last week against Detroit after just 85 pitches. He's struggled with his command and has worked at an ever-increasing slow pace on the mound.

I'll be giving my thoughts on Game One during our live blog/Twitter collection. That will get started at 8 p.m.

Live blog at 8 p.m.: World Series Game One from Boston

Twenty years ago tonight, Joe Carter touched 'em all for Jays

The famous call of Hall of Fame Blue Jays radio voice Tom Cheek and the call of CBS' Sean McDonough.

By Mike Harrington

BOSTON -- Weren't we supposed to be in the Rogers Centre tonight? That was the talk all winter. The Toronto Blue Jays were finally going to become relevant again, just as they joined up with the Bisons on a new affiliation.

Remember that lengthy cover story in March to our MLB preview section with the incredible cartoon on the cover? I went to Jays spring training in Florida and optimism was everywhere, even so much as R.A. Dickey telling me, "It’s great to have depth throughout the organization. I can guarantee you we’re not going to win a World Series without being able to call Buffalo and have people from Triple-A able to help. It just doesn’t work. They’re going to be vital to our chances this year."

It all went awry, of course. The Blue Jays finished last in the AL East when many people picked them to win it. The Red Sox finished first when many people picked them to finish last. They're hosting Game One of the World Series tonight at Fenway against the Cardinals.

So the Jays' drought continues. And it dates to 20 years ago tonight -- Oct. 23, 1993 -- when Joe Carter hit just the second walkoff home run to end a Series in the history of the Fall Classic to beat Mitch Williams and the Phillies in Game Six at the then-Skydome. The Jays haven't played a single postseason inning since.

Carter nearly left Toronto in free agency after the '92 title and returned home to play for the Royals, as this Kansas City Star column reprinted in today's Toronto Star reveals. Wow. Never heard that story. 

Gregor Chisolm of MLB.com has this retrospective with Carter.

Sportsnet has a great collection of memories from lots of the folks involved.

Scott MacArthur of TSN was in the stands that night as a 14-year-old and provided his personal memories. I will remind him when I see him here tonight that he should have kept his braces on.

And what about Williams, the Phillies' "Wild Thing?" He answered wave after wave of questions that night and our own Jerry Sullivan gave us his tale in this look from the archives

It's World Series gameday: Links to our coverage and a chance to make your pick

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The finish line of the Boston Marathon. Oct. 22, 2013.

 

By Mike Harrington

BOSTON -- Yes, the World Series starts tonight but it's hard for anyone here to forget how the Boston Marathon ended here in April (the shot above is the finish line taken yesterday, still painted on Boylston Street). The Red Sox have been a rallying point for the city all summer and into the fall and those feelings never go away when you see the "Boston Strong" logo on the Green Monster and mowed into the center field grass at Fenway Park.

Here's a look at today's stories:

SugarBoston Strong is a lifestyle now in the wake of the April bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon and the Red Sox are a big reason why. Among interviews with players and manager John Farrell that were done yesterday, I also visited the quaint candy store (right) that was the Ground Zero-like location for the first blast. 

Things ended badly for John Farrell in Toronto but the former Bisons player and Cleveland farm director has been a new sheriff in Boston, serving as a strong leader through the tough times of April and leading the Red Sox back to October glory. 

If you missed any of our blogs yesterday (where were you?), we've got a good recap of the day's chatter in our World Series notebook. 

I made my pick and it's Cardinals in six. You can click on the link to see why. Hall of Fame writer Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun polled the press room yesterday and was kind enough to include me in his list of writers' picks on the series. They're pretty much all over the map. 

Be sure to keep an eye on my Twitter feed, where you'll probably get some links to a few Vines like we had yesterday. Here's an example of one. 

Now it's your turn. Who's winning this thing? Vote below

Farrell calls Lovullo 'a manager-in-waiting'

By Mike Harrington

BOSTON -- The one disappointment of Media Day was I did not get a chance to check in with Red Sox bench coach and Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Torey Lovullo. The teams were apparently required to have one coach present and batting coach Greg Colbrunn filled that role for the Sox.

Asked about his staff during his pre-interview session with the media, Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Lovullo, "I think he's a manager-in-waiting. It's a matter of time for him."

It seems that way, as the Chicago Cubs and Seattle Mariners are reportedly interested in talking to Lovullo about their open jobs when the World Series is over. Lovullo played for the Bisons in 1995 and again in 1997-1998, serving a key role on two straight championship teams (one in the American Association and one in the International League). He managed the Herd from 2006-2008.

Boston outfielder Daniel Nava played under Lovullo in Pawtucket in 2010 and agreed with Farrell's assessment.

"%orey's on a lot of the small details of the game and John is on the broad spectrum of the game," Nava said. "He has a really good feel for baseball. Knowing when to pick off, knowing when to steal, when not to steal. Something like Dave Roberts' stolen base was huge for the Red Sox back in the day [during the 2004 World Series]. Who knows? Maybe Torey will get us a stolen base at a time we really need it."

"His name has been out there for a while and he deserves it. What people lose sight of is that he was a player who worked his butt off to get to the big leagues and has done that again as a coach. He respects the guys who go out there and grind and play the game right."

Buffalo-born and Lewiston-bred Cardinals reliever Siegrist is suffering with Sabres too

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Kevin Siegrist delivers to the Dodgers during the NLCS. (Getty Images)


 

By Mike Harrington

BOSTON -- Cardinals reliever Kevin Siegrist has been a huge boon to his team's bullpen with an incredible season in his first year in the big leagues. He had an 0.45 ERA, allowing just two earned runs in 39 innings, struck out 50 and walked 18. In the postseason, he allowed one earned run in five appearances to date.

Siegrist was born in Buffalo and grew up in Lewiston before leaving for Florida just before high school. When I introduced myself today in the State Street Pavilion of Fenway Park, we talked about his family background and lots of baseball before I turned the conversation to something Siegrist talks a lot about on his Twitter feed -- his beloved but suffering Buffalo Sabres.

When I told Siegrist I covered them too, here was his first unprompted response: "Aw, jeez. What's up with them?"

I told him no one has an answer.

"I don't know. I just don't know. I watch almost every single game," he said. "It's crazy. I get the NHL package and watch all of them. I went to the Buffalo-Pittsburgh game (Oct. 5 at Consol Energy Center while the Cardinals were in town for the NLDS). I'm at a loss for words with what's up there."

"A bunch of guys follow the Blues and they are getting on me all the time. What are we? It's 1-8-1 now? Terrible."

Told the Bills are doing better at least, Siegrist smiled and said, "It's just Buffalo sports for you."

Cardinals reliever/moustache aficionado Axford on Red Sox beards: 'They got a lot of crazy facial hair going on over there'

BeardsBy Mike Harrington

BOSTON -- You've heard plenty already about beards and facial hair as the Red Sox have made their run to the World Series. Guys like Jonny Gomes and Mike Napoli have been growing hunting season beards that the fans love -- and the players love to tug at as a way of congratulations.

Who better to ask about facial hair than Cardinals reliever John Axford? The former Canisius College pitcher had a moustache that became the talk of Milwaukee when he was the closer for the Brewers from 2009-2001 -- and even won awards for its pizzazz.

"They got a lot of crazy facial hair going on over there," Axford said with a laugh today during the Cardinals' Media Day in Fenway Park. "I tried to dabble in a beard at the beginning of the season and ended up shaving it off. .,.. It looks like they're having fun with it over there, which is my thing too. That's what I do with my facial hair too. They're enjoying it."

Axford had a good laugh when asked by a Milwaukee reporter who covered him during his Brewers days about the huge beard being grown by Sox slugger Mike Napoli, a mane "big enough for a family of five" as the questioner commented.

""It looks good. Some of these guys were thinking ahead for Halloween also," Axford said. "When that day comes, we might all have pretty good costumes to go with that facial hair."

What does Axford think of all the Boston beard tugging?

"You see the best and worst of each other all the time in that locker room. You're intimate, close, family. Facial hair is no big deal when you tug on that," he said. "It's close and personal. I'm sure a lot of people would look at it and say why, but when you're teammates and you're playing together, especially on this big a stage, you get that close intimacy of a family. It's no big deal. It's cool."

(Photo outside Fenway souvenir shops of player beard designs, left to right -- Top row: Dustin Pedroia, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Brandon Workman, Jonny Gomes; Middle row: David Ross, Mike Napoli, David Ortiz, John Lackey; Bottom row: Mike Carp, Shane Victorino, Clay Buchholz, Ryan Dempster

Bisons extend radio deal with ESPN1520

By Mike Harrington

BOSTON --  The Buffalo Bisons have announced a three-year extension of their radio contract with newly-named ESPN1520, the former WWKB. It runs through the 2016 season. The 50,000-watt station, which has a strong reach up and down the Eastern seaboard, has been the home of the Herd since 2008 and was rebranded in September as an ESPN affiliate.

The partnership will include all 144 regular season Bisons’ games, the broadcast of the annual Triple-A All Star Game (next year’s game is on July 16 in Durham), all Bisons’ postseason games and the Triple-A National Baseball Championship Game. 

The Bisons open 2014, their second season as a Toronto affiliate, on Thursday, April 3 against Rochester in Coca-Cola Field at 2:05 p.m.

Live from Beantown, Welcome to World Series Media Day

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The Yawkey Way entrance to Fenway Park is quiet Tuesday morning.

By Mike Harrington

BOSTON -- Greetings from Beantown! I'll be on hand this afternoon at Fenway Park to get the lowdown as the Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals chat it up on the eve of their World Series opener.

WSlogoIt's MLB's fifth annual World Series Media Day, where the teams get a break from having reporters crowding into their clubhouse for a day and instead meet them en masse, Super Bowl style. We started this in 2009 at the Great Hall of Yankee Stadium, a tremendous visual that went over so well with all parties involved that baseball has opted to continue doing it each year.

This year, we're gathering in the State Street Pavilion at Fenway, an elite club seating area in the upper deck near the press box featuring plenty of old photos of Red Sox of the past. Here's today's schedule:

1:00-1:45 -- Cardinals group media session
2:00-3:00 -- Cardinals workout
3:00-3:30 -- Manager Mike Matheny/Game One starter Adam Wainwright in Series interview room
4:00-4:45 -- Red Sox group media session
4:50-5:00 -- Red Sox Game One starter Jon Lester
5:10-5:30 -- Red Sox manager John Farrell
5:00-6:00 -- Red Sox workout 

It's slated to be a sunny day with temperatures pushing 70. Too bad we're not opening the series this afternoon, or even tonight because the weather forecast for Game One on Wednesday night is, frankly, yukky.

The high Wednesday is only slated to be 51 degrees with a 50 percent chance of rain during the day. The rain probability drops at night but so does the temperature, which could slide into the 30s -- yes, the 30s. Brrr. 

Keep it here for plenty of news, quotes and quips all through the Series. I'll also be chirping on my Twitter feed with instant updates. 

Spirit of '46, '67, and '04 lives: Color World Series red as Boston earns spot next to St. Louis

By Mike Harrington

Another Boston grand slam (video above by Shane Victorino), more bad Detroit relief pitching and more bad Tigers baserunning. Pretty simple combination as the Red Sox posted a 5-2 win in Game Six of the ALCS Saturday night at Fenway Park to win another pennant and head to a World Series matchup with the St. Louis Cardinals that opens Wednesday night in Boston.

It will forever live as a huge what-if ALCS for the Tigers, as Mitch Albom wrote in today's  Detroit Free Press. 

This will be the teams' fourth meeting in the Series. The Cardinals won seven-game affairs in 1946 and 1967 while the Red Sox posted their memorable four-game sweep in 2004 to snap their 86-year championship drought. Amazing to think they might now win their third one in 10 years (to go with 2007) after generations of Boston fans never saw one.

Media Day at Fenway is Tuesday with Games 1 and 2 there Wednesday and Thursday nights. There's a workout day in St. Louis on Friday with Games 3-4-5 at Busch Stadium on Saturday-Sunday-Monday.

If we go past that point -- and only two of the last nine World Series have -- Oct. 29 would be an off day in Boston with Game Six on Oct. 30 and the teams hoping to spook each other in Game Seven on Halloween. (Talk about a potential security nightmare in a college town like Boston!)

This will be my 14th consecutive World Series and my 16th overall. The News has covered the Fall Classic at least since the 1970s and I'll be on hand for full coverage in print and online starting Tuesday. Look for plenty of Buffalo connections, daily podcasts, notes and quotes, lots of tweets (@BNHarrington) and even some Vines!

As Buffalo BB Hall of Famer Lovullo eyes World Series bid, Cubs eye him for manager's office

LovulloBy Mike Harrington

Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Torey Lovullo (left), now the bench coach under ex-Bisons pitcher and Cleveland farm director John Farrell in Boston, has the biggest game of his life on tap for tonight as the Red Sox try to wrap up another trip to the World Series in Game Six of the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers.

But whenever Boston's season is over, Lovullo may have even more on his plate becuase his name is getting plenty of play for open managerial jobs.

There are all kinds of reports today that the Chicago Cubs want to interview Lovullo to replace the deposed Dale Sveum. Aside from being a good candidate, Lovullo goes back with Chicago GM Theo Epstein because he managed the Red Sox Triple-A farm club in Pawtucket in 2010.

The Seattle Mariners also seem interested in Lovullo to replace another former Bisons skipper in Eric Wedge. Lovullo, remember, interviewed for the Red Sox job when Bobby Valentine was hired in 2012 (that sure worked well). He's also interviewed with Cleveland, Pittsburgh and the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

"Right now, our focus is on what’s happening here,” Lovullo said this week in Detroit. “I would like to manage one day, but I’m not here to fast-forward anything or make it happen before its time.”

Lovullo was one of the key members of the Bisons' championship teams in 1997 and 1998, and was a regular on the 1995 team that came within one win of another title. He then managed the Herd from 2006-2008, the final three years of the Cleveland affiliation. He spent the last two years as the first-base coach in Toronto under Farrell before joining him in Boston. 

(Lovullo photo: Getty Images)

Late night at the NLCS -- At nearly 1 a.m., Beltran gives Cardinals a 13-inning victory in opener

By Mike Harrington

If you didn't stay up until almost 1 a.m. ET, you missed a classic opener to the NLCS as the Cardinals beat the Dodgers, 3-2, on Carlos Beltran's RBI single to right in the bottom of the 13th. 

The only two NLCS games that went longer were two epic Mets games -- the 16-inning clincher at Houston in 1986 and the famous Robin Ventura "grand slam single" victory of 1999 in Game Five against Atlanta. It took 4 hours, 47 minutes to play.

Said Cards shortstop Pete Kozma: "It was a good team win. A good team Carlos win today."

He's not kidding. The guy did it all.

Neither team had scored since the third, when the Dodgers went ahead on Juan Uribe's two-run single and Beltran tied the game with a two-run double. Beltran kept things tied in the 10th with a perfect one-hop throw to nail Mark Ellis at home and finally won it in the 13th off Kerwin Danley.

Beltran has nine RBIs in October and continues to affix his reputation as one of the greatest October players of our generation (apologies to Mets fans still bemoaning that called third strike in 2006).

Click below to see all of Beltran's heroics from Friday night/early this morning.

As we head to more Tuesday drama, a look back to late-night video as Dodgers are first to LCS

By Mike Harrington

Tuesday's action includes the A's trying to close out the Tigers at 5 and the Red Sox trying to do likewise to the Rays in an 8:30 start. Both games will have a long way to go to match Monday's drama, be it the near-brawl in Detroit, the near no-hitter by Michael Wacha in Pittsburgh or the Jose Lobaton walkoff homer in Tampa.

The craziest finish came at 1 a.m. as the Los Angeles Dodgers are in the NLCS after last night's dramatic 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves. Juan Uribe's two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth was the difference -- while Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez sat by idly and didn't get closer Craig Kimbrel into the game. 

There would have been a day off before Game Five. Your ace closer can't get you a five- or six-out save? Think about that all winter, Fredi. Just plain Terrible.

Here's the video of the home run (I'm told the radio call of the great Vin Scully was beautifully punctuated by the question, "Isn't it amazing what somebody will do when he can't bunt?" Classic.)

Cleveland Rocks: Postseason memories covering the Tribe

By Mike Harrington

CLEVELAND -- I'm at Progressive Field for tonight's American League Wild Card Game between the Indians and Rays (8:07 first pitch on TBS). First postseason game here since the Tribe failed to close out the Terry Francona-led Red Sox in Game 5 of the 2007 ALCS. In the odd circle of life, Francona is now a first-year skipper here -- trying to will his team to a win that would send it to Fenway Park and a series against the Red Sox that opens Friday.

This is the 35th postseason game the Indians have played here since the park opened in 1994. I've been amazingly fortunate to be at every one.  Here's an off-the-top of my head list of the most memorable ones. The links are to my stories 

1995 World Series Game 3 (Indians 7, Braves 6 in 11) -- I was sitting in the right field auxiliary press box and I swear that when the Indians stormed on to the field it was like watching the same scene from the playoff game on "Major League." The movie was only six years earlier and was based on the absurd concept of the Indians winning. This was life imitating reality for the first World Series game in C-Town since 1954. Reality of the job soon set in as the game went extra innings past midnight and a guy who didn't talk to the media (Eddie Murray) got the game-winning hit. Read my story here.

1995 ALDS Game 1 (Indians 6, Red Sox 5 in 13) -- There were two rain delays, Albert Belle flexing his biceps at the Boston dugout after a game-tying home run in the 11th and, finally, a walk-off shot by Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Pena on a 3-0 pitch at 2:08 a.m. Read my story here.


1997 ALDS Game 4-5 (a horse racing-style entry of wins over the Yankees) --
Game Four was the famous Sandy Alomar tying home run off Mariano Rivera in the eighth inning and the pinball single by Omar Vizquel in the ninth to win it. Game Five was a taut thriller that ended on a fly ball to Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Brian Giles in left. You could hear the car horns honking downtown for hours.

Read the Game 4 story here.     Read the Game 5 story here. 

1998 ALCS Game 4: The Indians had the 114-win Yankees in trouble with a 2-1 lead before El Duque shut them down. Orlando Hernandez, just a few months removed from escaping Cuba, pitched a 4-0 victory that evened the series and sent the Yankees on their way to a six-game winning streak that included a World Series sweep of the Padres. Read my story here. 

1999 ALCS Game 2: The Indians blasted the Red Sox, 11-1,  in a sun-splashed late-afternoon affair to take a 2-0 lead and looked headed back to the ALCS. I can vividly recall walking down the stairs to the clubhouse with screaming fans and Springsteen's "Glory Days" pounding over the loudspeakers. It was a glory run that seemed like it would never end. But it really did when I found myself in the park four days later to see Pedro Martinez throw six no-hit innings of relief in a 12-8 Boston victory that cemented a stunning three-game comeback. 

Read my Game 2 story here.  Read my Game 5 story here. 

2007 ALDS Game 2: The midges struck from Lake Erie just as Joba Chamberlain came on to preserve a one-run lead for the Yankees in the eighth. He spit the bit on the lead and the Tribe won the game in the 11th. But all anyone remembers is the bugs. And they were everywhere. Read my buggy story here. 

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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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