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Teufel vs. Teufel at Thursday night's Bisons game

There's going to be an unusual family reunion Thursday night in Coca-Cola Field.

The Detroit Tigers have promoted a 25-year-old left-hander from Class A Lakeland of the Florida State League to start for the Toledo Mud Hens against the Buffalo Bisons. His name is Shawn Teufel.

As in the son of Bisons manager Tim Teufel.

The Tigers have some injury issues with their starting pitching in the minors and a couple of Bisons sources say Mud Hens manager Phil Nevin told his Buffalo counterpart about the callup during the teams' lineup card exchange Wednesday afternoon.

The move was made official Wednesday night following Buffalo's 4-2 win. The game will be televised nationally on SNY and on Time Warner 13 in Western New York.

Shawn Teufel was born on July 16, 1986, in the middle of his father's season playing on the eventual World Series champion New York Mets.  He is 4-3 with a 3.63 ERA this year for Lakeland in 19 games (seven starts). This will be his first appearance above Class A. He was the Tigers' 25th round pick in 2010 out of Liberty University.

Pretty neat little sidebar to an otherwise mundane game between two teams out of the playoff race.

---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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