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Game Two pregame

CLEVELAND -- The notebook is pretty full as we get set for Game Two of the division series at Jacobs Field, where it's sunny and in the mid-80s. Is this July or October? Anyway, here's a look at some of the pregame chatter:

---Good karma for Yankees fans? In the Bombers' last six trips to the division series, the LOSING team in Game One has won the series every time.

---Indians veteran Kenny Lofton is getting rewarded for his three-hit, four-RBI night in Game One with a start tonight against Andy Pettitte, even though he's just 4 for 29 in his career vs. the Yankees lefty.

"It allows us to break up the right-handers at the bottom of the lineup," Tribe manager Eric Wedge said in his office this afternoon. "We'll see what happens but the fact of the matter is that a guy who steps up like he did last night deserves to be in here."

Jason Michaels, 3 for 8 lifetime against Pettitte, is in right field instead of Franklin Gutierrez.

---Ex-Bison Ryan Garko is blogging for and you can check out his posts here.

---If you want to read the transcripts of the pre- and postgame press conferences at the interview room podium, they're available here through ASAP Sports.

---The credential count for the series has exceeded 500. That's a huge number for a division series and it's largely because of the huge numbers of media covering the Yankees, both those from the New York City area and the dozens of representatives from Japan.

---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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