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Schwinden takes hill for Herd to open big pitching week at the ballpark

It looks like pitching is going to be the focus this week in Coca-Cola Field. Bisons right-hander Chris Schwinden meets Scranton veteran Ramon Ortiz in the wrapup of the four-game series against the Yankees today. Ortiz, remember, pitched eight games for the Bisons in 2010 and was a 15-game winner for the 2002 Anaheim Angels. He was also the winner of Game Three in the 2002 World Series at San Francisco.

The Columbus Clippers hit town Monday for a 2:05 game and the teams have just finalized the pitching matchups that feature some good names. Zach McAllister, just back from Cleveland after going 1-1 in four starts, goes for the Clippers on Monday. Mets megaprospect Matt Harvey looks to move to 6-1 on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, Jenrry Mejia makes his first Triple-A start in more than a year after Tommy John surgery against David Huff, a standout for the 2008 Bisons.

On Thursday morning, in a 10:35 start on MLB Network, 6-foot-10 right-hander Chris Young will make his Buffalo debut on the road back from shoulder surgery. He was 1-0, 1.88 in four starts for the Mets last year before the injury. Young won 39 games in the big leagues from 2005-2008 with Texas and San Diego.

Here's today's lineups for the finale with Scranton, with the Bisons again batting as the visitor:

Buffalo
Corey Wimberly,  cf
Fred Lewis, lf
Josh Satin, 1b
Valentino Pascucci,  dh
Matt Tuiasosopo, rf
Jordany Valdespin, 2b
Lucas May, c
Michael Fisher,  3b
Omar Quintanilla,  ss
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Chris Schwinden, p

Scranton-WB
Kevin Russo, lf
Matt Antonelli, 2b
Steve Pearce, 1b
Jack Cust, dh
Brandon Laird, 3b
Colin Curtis,  cf
Francisco Cervelli, c
Cole Garner,  rf
Ramiro Pena,  ss
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Ramon Ortiz, 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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