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Familiar face in Durham lineup for opener vs. Herd in final home series before break

When you're talking about the best Bisons hitters during the New York Mets' four-year run here, the only real discussion points have to be Valentino Pascucci for power and Jesus Feliciano for contact and average.

Feliciano compiled 371 hits -- second in the modern era -- and a .304 average that ranks fifth while playing with the Herd the last three years. He signed a minor-league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays over the winter and is back in town tonight with the Durham Bulls.

Feliciano is batting .257 for a Durham team that is 38-45 and third in the South Division, nine games out of first. The Bulls endured a 6-18 start and franchise-record 13-game losing streak but have played over. 500 ball for the last two months. Feliciano is in his customary left field slot and batting No. 3 for Durham.

The Bisons are going with Mark Cohoon on the mound and he got drubbed for eight runs by the Bulls Monday in a 14-10 Buffalo loss that completed the Bulls' four-game sweep. Jenrry Mejia is scheduled to make another relief outing tonight, sure to be watched closely by the front office in New York. Jordany Valdespin is getting his first start in center field here since April.

This is Buffalo's final series before it hosts the Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby (July 9) and All-Star Game (July 11).

The Bisons' lineup:

Jordany Valdespin, cf
Josh Rodriguez, ss
Fred Lewis, lf
Josh Satin, 1b
Valentino Pascucci, dh
Matt Tuiasosopo, rf
Brad Emaus, 2b
Rob Johnson, c
Oswaldo Navarro,3b
Mark Cohoon, 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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