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Opening Day rematch as Bisons meet Yankees

The Bisons pounded Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 12-3, in their home opener April 11 in Coca-Cola Field and the pitching matchup for tonight's 7:05 game is the same prospect-studded one we had that afternoon: Jeurys Familia for Buffalo against Dellin Betances of Scranton.

Familia is 4-1,  4.35 and got his first Triple-A win that day with five innings and eight strikeouts. But he continues to struggle with walks and high pitch counts; he needed 87 pitches just to get through 3 2/3 innings of his last start Saturday against Indianapolis.

The 6-foot-8 Betances, a New York native who is one of the Yankees' top prospects, is 2-4,  5.24. He allowed eight runs and matched his career-high by allowing three homers in the first matchup with the Bisons.

Bisons reliever Jack Egbert has been called up to the Mets, with Pedro Beato joining the Herd bullpen on injury rehab. Here are tonight's lineups:

Buffalo
Corey Wimberly, cf
Fred Lewis, lf
Josh Satin, 1b
Valentino Pascucci, dh
Matt Tuiasosopo, 3b
Jordany Valdespin, 2b
Lucas May, c
Dustin Martin, rf
Omar Quintanilla,  ss
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Jeurys Familia, p

Scranton/WB
Kevin Russo, cf
Matt Antonelli,  2b
Steve Pearce, 3b
Jack Cust, dh
Ronnier Mustelier,  lf
Brandon Laird,  1b
Francisco  Cervelli, c
Cole Garner,  rf
Ramiro Pena, ss
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Dellin Betances, p

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington)

 

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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.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


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.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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