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Bisons hand out hardware before finale

As part of Fan Appreciation Night festivities, the Bisons handed out their end-of-season awards in their annual pregame ceremony Tuesday night in Coca-Cola Field.

Outfielder Fred Lewis, rescued April 26 out of nowhere land after getting released at the end of spring training by the Cleveland Indians, was named winner of the Stan Barron Most Valuable Player. He entered play Tuesday batting .290 with 11 homers, 39 RBIs and team-high totals of 75 runs and 24 stolen bases.

The Warren Spahn Most Valuable Pitcher Award went to Matt Harvey, who was 7-4 here and earned a Star of Stars Award at the Triple-A All-Star Game. The Joe De Sa Most Inspirational Player went to pitcher Jeff Stevens (1-1, 3.15 in 32 games here despite bouncing back and forth to Double-A)  a and the Judge Michael Dillon Comeback Player Award went to reliever Elvin Ramirez, who did not pitch last year due to injuries.

The Fremo Vallone Community Service Award was split between Matt Tuiasosopo and Garrett Olson and the Jimmy Griffin Hometown Hero award for performance downtown went to reliever Justin Hampson. The Joe Byron Fan of the Year Award went to Pam Asarese, a Section 111 season ticket-holder since the ballpark opened and a founding member of the Bisons Booster Club since 1985.

As for tonight's game against Rochester, Collin McHugh will make the start on the rebound from his stellar major-league debut against the Mets last Thursday (seven shutout innings, 9 Ks vs. Colorado). He will throw five innings or 75 pitches before returning to pitch for New York Monday in St. Louis. Jordany Valdespin is back with the Bisons and will play second base.

Tonight's lineup:

Fred Lewis, lf
Jordany Valdespin, 2b
Zach Lutz, 3b
Valentino Pascucci, dh
Josh Satin, 1b
Matt Tuiasosopo, rf
Josh Rodriguez, ss
Matt den Dekker, cf
Lucas May, c

---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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