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Bisons set for home finale

"Thank You Fans" is painted in script, Mets-style blue and orange on the grass behind home plate because tonight's game is almost certainly a good-bye to Coca-Cola Field for the 2010 Buffalo Bisons. One more loss by the Herd or one more win by either Louisville or Columbus will officially eliminate the Bisons from contention for the wild card.

It's Fan Appreciation Night and a big crowd is expected for the home finale. There will be a pregame awards presentation, in-game giveaways and the season's second-largest postgame fireworks display. Couple reminders: First pitch is at 6:05, not the normal 7:05. And the game is on Time Warner 87 (not 13) because of the broadcast of the UB-Rhode Island football game.

Dillon Gee (13-7) is on the mound for the Herd, trying to become Buffalo's first 14-game winner since Jason Jacome went 14-2 in 1998. Gee has a franchise-record 161 strikeouts on the season. Scranton will counter with $46 million Japanese bust Kei Igawa. Buffalo catcher Mike Nickeas has been called up to the Mets, returning the duties to J.R. House.

Still watching the IL batting race with Buffalo's Jesus Feliciano desperately trying to get the 389 plate appearances he needs to qualify. With five games left, Feliciano is at 349. Hitless at-bats can be added to his total after Monday's finale for him to qualify but will they still allow his average to be ahead of Gwinnett's Barbaro Canizares? We'll see. 

Canizares and Feliciano enter tonight at .340 and Feliciano certainly needs to build a cushion if he's going to be credited with hitless at-bats in a few days.

Here's the Buffalo lineup:

Jesus Feliciano, rf
Justin Turner, 2b
Russ Adams, ss
Nick Evans, 1b
Valentino Pascucci, dh
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf
Mike Cervenak, 3b
Andy Green, lf
J.R. House, c
Dillon Gee, 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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