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Call-up Young a towering presence on mound

New York Mets right-hander Chris Young will become the tallest player in Buffalo Bisons history when he starts for the Herd on Thursday against Columbus in the annual 10:35 a.m. School Kids Day game in Coca-Cola Field.

The 6-foot-10 Young, on the road back from shoulder surgery, was promoted Sunday from Class A St. Lucie (Fla.) and reliever Edgar Ramirez was returned to Double-A Binghamton to make room.

Young, 32, was 1-0 with a 1.88 earned-run average in four starts for the Mets last season before suffering the injury. He was 1-0, 3.18 in three starts this year for St. Lucie and earned the win in his last start Friday against Charlotte by tossing three-hit ball over 6 1/3 innings.

The former Princeton University basketball star won 39 games in the big leagues from 2005-2008 with Texas and San Diego. His best season was with the Padres in 2006, when he went 11-5 with a 3.46 ERA and struck out 164 batters. Young led big-league starters that season in road ERA (2.41), hits per nine innings (6.72) and opponent batting average (.206).

Young was an all-star in 2007 for San Diego and was the losing pitcher in the game at San Francisco, allowing the inside-the-park home run by Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki that remains the only inside-the-parker in All-Star history.

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The series with Columbus opens today at 2:05 (Radio 1520 AM) as Dylan Owen (2-2) starts against Zach McAllister, just back from Cleveland after going 1-1, 3.96 in four outings.

The Clippers are the two-time defending champions of both the International League and the Triple-A National Championship Game. They entered Sunday 23-25, third in the IL West, but remain a litmus test for IL teams.

The Columbus roster features four ex-Bisons: Outfielder Trevor Crowe and pitchers David Huff, Frank Herrmann and Jose De La Torre, a reliever the last two years in the Mets' chain. Huff was 6-4 for Buffalo in 2008, the Indians' final season here, and will start Wednesday night against rehabbing Mets prospect Jenrry Mejia.

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After spending four days as the visiting team at home against the barnstorming Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, the Bisons take back their customary spot on the bottom of the scoreboard.

"It's always nice to hit last," said manager Wally Backman. "It's been a little bit strange these four days but at least we've been home."

Scranton will again be the home team in Buffalo Aug. 20-21; the Yankees will also host the Bisons on July 7-8 in Syracuse.

The Bisons sold 21,158 tickets for the four games (5,519 Sunday) and got to keep the revenue from them but the figures do not count toward their season attendance totals. They are listed as part of Scranton's home average, which was 3,508 entering Sunday.

email: mharrington@buffnews.com