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Ex-Jay Chacin to face Herd

Interesting matchup of former major league pitchers tonight in Coca-Cola Field as the Bisons wrap up their homestand against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. It's Kyle Snyder (who owns a World Series ring from the '07 Red Sox) against Gustavo Chacin, who set a rookie record for Toronto when he won 13 games for the Blue Jays in 2005.

Chacin went 25-15 for the Jays from 2004-07 but had shoulder surgery in '07 and knee surgery last year. The Phillies signed him as a free agent after the Nationals cut him near the end of spring training and he's finally regaining his stride with a 5-0 record and 3.67 ERA in his last eight starts. Snyder, meanwhile, has won his last three decisions and is coming off six strong innings Wednesday against Rochester.

On another note, the Bisons are a little short on the field with Andy Green called up to New York and a little short in the broadcast booth as well. Regular voice Ben Wagner has left the club for the next three days to tend to a family emergency in his native Indiana and secondary voice Joel Godett, a promising recent Syracuse University graduate who came on board in March, has left the organization to do play-by-play work for the University of South Florida.

Brad Bisbing, the team's director of public relations and a former on-air host at WGR Radio, will be teaming with Duke McGuire for tonight's game and the next two nights in Syracuse. Wagner is scheduled to return Thursday.

Here's tonight's lineup:

Argenis Reyes, 2b
Jesus Feliciano, cf
Nick Evans, 1b
Chip Ambres, rf
Rene Rivera, c
Jason Dubois, lf
Javier Castillo, 3b
Wilson Valdez, ss
Kyle Snyder, p

---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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