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Bisons juggle starting rotation

While righty Jeurys Familia (4-1, 4.06 ERA) is set to start tonight against Indianapolis at Coca-Cola Field, Sunday's starting spot for the Buffalo Bisons opened up this morning. That's when Jeremy Hefner was recalled by the New York Mets and drove up the QEW to Toronto for the afternoon game. Herd manager Wally Backman said reliever Jack Egbert would take the Hefner's starting spot for Sunday's afternoon game. "He'll be on a pitch count," Backman said during batting practice. "It's going to be a bullpen kinda day for us."

But before the Herd gets to Sunday, they kick off their four-game series with the Indians. It's the first meeting of the season between the clubs. The Indians won the series last year, 6-2.

Tonight's Bisons' lineup:

Corey Wimberly -- CF
Brad Emaus -- 2B
Vinny Rottino -- C
Valentino Pascucci -- RF
Matt Tuiasosopo -- LF
Josh Satin -- 1B
Oswaldo Navarro -- SS
Michael Fisher -- 3B
Jeurys Familia -- P

--- Amy Moritz 

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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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