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Bisons walking tightrope in IL North (sorry)

OK, so we went for the pun in the headline, given all the hullabaloo going on tonight in Niagara Falls that we'll have wall-to-wall coverage of elsewhere on the site.

(An aside -- I'm with columnist Rod Watson's recent writing on Wallenda: What's the point? Now, back to baseball).

The Bisons and PawSox are playing game two of their four-game set tonight and this is a big series for Buffalo. They're five games back after last night's 5-0 defeat and two of the next three wins would certainly be a big help to keep this club in the race for real. 

It's been a tough June so far. The Bisons are 6-7, batting just .218 and averaging just three runs per game. The team's top two current RBI men, Valentino Pascucci and Matt Tuiasosopo, are just 14 for 89 this month (.157) and it's tough to win when the middle of your order struggles like that.

Dylan Owen is on the mound for Buffalo tonight. He'll have some major-league defense behind him as Justin Turner is at second and Ronny Cedeno at short, both on injury rehab. Here's the Buffalo lineup:

Matt den Dekker, cf
Ronny Cedeno, ss
Justin Turner, 2b
Fred Lewis, lf
Josh Satin, 1b
Valentino Pascucci, dh
Matt Tuiasosopo, 3b
Lucas May, c
Raul Reyes, rf
Dylan Owen, 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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