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Bisons get back to business

The luster of All-Star week has passed and the hullaballo over Matt Harvey's last start has died down, rendering the Coca-Cola Field press box back to normal for the Buffalo Bisons matchup with the Toledo Mud Hens tonight.

This afternoon, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said that Miguel Batista will get the start in New York on Saturday, taking Dillon Gee's spot in the rotation as he recovers from surgery to remove a blood clot in his shoulder. Adam Rubin on ESPN quoted Alderson as saying that Harvey's "development and future are independent of our needs in 2012." Alderson continued, "I think it's more likely than not that he will pitch in New York sometime this season. It just won't be Saturday in Citi Field."

Back in Buffalo, the Herd is looking to stop a two-game losing skid. The Bisons dropped their series opener against Toledo, 4-2, Monday by giving up a pair of runs in the ninth. Fred Lewis doubled in that game to extend his hitting streak to seven games.

Righty Jeremy Hefner takes the mound in his ninth start and first at Coca-Cola Field since May 15. Hefner is 4-2 with a 2.96 ERA.

Tonight's Bison's lineup:

Fred Lewis -- LF
Josh Rodriguez -- SS
Adam Loewen -- 1B
Zach Lutz -- DH
Valentino Pascucci -- RF
Josh Satin -- 2B
Matt den Dekker -- CF
Matt Tuiasosopo -- 3B
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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