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Baxter on rehab stint with Bisons

Outfielder Mike Baxter will bat leadoff as the designated hitter for the Buffalo Bisons tonight. Baxter joined the club on a major league rehabilitation assignment. He suffered a displaced right collarbone crashing into the wall on June 1 to make this catch and preserve Johan Santana's no-hitter.

Starting for the Herd in their last game of this homestand is Jeurys Familia. Familia has been red-hot of late, winning two straight decisions and posting an 0.87 earned-run average in his last three starts. In 20 innings over that span, he has 20 strikeouts and four walks.

Pedro Hernandez gets the nod for Charlotte. He was 7-2, 2.75 in 12 starts at Double-A Birmingham, then had no decisions with a 3.75 ERA in two outings for Charlotte before getting called up to the Chicago White Sox. He made his major-league debut last Wednesday in Fenway Park, giving up eight runs and 12 hits over four innings in a 10-1 loss, and was returned to Triple-A. He gave up three-run homers in back-to-back innings to Red Sox DH Cody Ross.

Tonight's Bisons lineup:

Mike Baxter -- DH
Josh Rodriguez -- SS
Adam Loewen -- 1B
Zach Lutz -- 3B
Josh Satin -- 2B
Valentino Pascucci -- RF
Matt Tuiasosopo -- LF
Matt den Dekker -- CF
Rob Johnson -- C

--- 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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