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Bisons look to finish April with four-game sweep

The Buffalo Bisons go for the four-game sweep of the Rochester Red Wings tonight in Coca-Cola Field and there's several things at stake:

---The Herd is 14-10, one shy of its modern-era record for wins in April set five times previously (last in 2003).

---The Bisons will be gunnning for their first five-game winning streak since taking eight straight since August,  2010.

---The Bisons are a game out of first place in the IL North, a spot they have not had a piece of since May 28, 2010. They could get there tonight with a win and a Pawtucket loss at Columbus, where the PawSox have dropped the first three games of their series.

---Buffalo has not swept a four-game set against its Thruway rivals since April 26-29, 2004 at Frontier Field.

Garrett Olson (0-1, 2.82) starts for Buffalo tonight with a dramatically different lineup. Zach Lutz is back from New York (Raul Reyes was sent to Binghamton and there are a few other changes. Vinny Rottino, riding an 11-game hitting streak, is keeping his No. 2 slot in the lineup by serving as catcher tonight for the first time this season. Fred Lewis making his Buffalo debut in left field and Dustin Martin is making his second appearance, his first in center field. Here's the lineup:

Bobby Scales, 2b
Vinny Rottino, c
Valentino Pascucci, dh
Fred Lewis, lf
Zach Lutz, 1b
Dustin Martin, cf
Matt Tuiasosopo, rf
Brad Eamus,  3b
Omar Quintanilla, ss
Garrett Olson, 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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