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Herd grapevine as PawSox series continues

Some quick updates as the Bisons and Pawtucket get ready for game five of a six-game series that feel like the PawSox have been in town for a month:

---Bisons outfielder Fernando Martinez and infielder Justin Turner are both headed to New York tomorrow for MRIs on their injured knees, manager Ken Oberkfell said during his daily pregame interview with Bisons radio voice Ben Wagner. Tomorrow is Martinez Bobblehead Night in Coca-Cola Field but the man of the honor won't be on the field. 

---According to the Twitter feed of Pawtucket radio voice Dan Hoard, the Boston Red Sox reversed their field on Hideki Okajima and have him pitch on rehab here again tomorrow night rather than return to the big leagues. Just saw this note on Hoard's Twitter feed; I did not talk to PawSox manager Torey Lovullo before today's game. Okajima got hit hard Monday night, giving up four seventh-inning runs. Two came on Russ Adams' first home run off a lefty all season. 

---Carlos Delgado joined his Pawtucket teammates on the field for batting practice today, doing only stretching and running. He's apparently still a few days away from returning to game action.

---The Bisons are going with the same lineup that produced 12 runs and 15 hits last night. the only difference is that Adams and also-hot Mike Cervenak (.333 in August) are flip-flopping in the 7-8 spots in the lineup against Pawtucket righty Adam Mills, who is 0-2, 8.36 in three starts against the Bisons this season. Lefty Michael Antonini, who gave up six runs to Pawtucket on Aug. 14, makes his fourth start for the Herd.

Here's the Buffalo lineup:

Luis Hernandez, ss
Andy Green, 2b
Lucas Duda, lf
Nick Evans, 1b
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf
Valentino Pascucci, dh
Russ Adams, rf
Mike Cervenak, 3b
J.R. House, c
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Michael Antonini, p

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/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.

@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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