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Former Pirates bonus baby Lincoln scratched by Indy in matchup with Bisons

I was looking forward to seeing Indianapolis pitcher Brad Lincoln work tonight against the Bisons, but the Pittsburgh Pirates' No. 1 pick in 2006 and the fourth overall that season is a scratch due to a sore neck.

Lincoln, who got a $2.75 million bonus but didn't make his big-league debut until last season, is just 5-5 with a 4.34 ERA but pitched seven shutout innings against Buffalo in Indy on May 18. Lincoln was taken one pick behind Evan Longoria and ahead of fellow first-round names such as Clayton Kershaw, Tim Lincecum, Max Scherzer, Kyle Drabek, Daniel Bard, Joba Chamberlain and Chris Perez.

Lefty Garrett Olson will make a spot start tonight for Lincoln. Bad new for the Bisons: They're just 5-13 this year against left-handed starters. D.J. Carrasco (2-3) goes for Buffalo.

The Bisons are just 1-4 against Indy this year and have been outscored, 33-13, in the five games. Oddly enough, the Herd is 54-54 against Indy since the teams left the American Association and joined the International League together in 1998.

Here's tonight's Buffalo lineup:

Luis Figueroa, ss
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf
Lucas Duda, 1b
Jason Botts, lf
Fernando Martinez, rf
Michael Fisher, 3b
Luis Hernandez, 2b
Mike Nickeas, c
D.J. Carrasco, 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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