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Herd welcomes Hall of Famers

About 90 minutes from first pitch in downtown Buffalo and the sun is bright with blue skies and puffy white clouds. The Bisons have their fingers crossed that the rain and storms delay their arrival to Western New York as the Herd hosts Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in Coca-Cola Field.

Tonight is Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame night with outfielder Brian Giles and first baseman Russ Morman formally inducted in a pre-game ceremony. Giles spent three season with the Bisons, batting .308 with 37 doubles, 37 home runs and 138 RBI in 219 games. Morman also played three seasons, hitting .295 with 54 doubles, 42 home runs and 148 RBI in 246 games.

Righty Pedro Beato gets a spot start for the Herd as Garrett Olson was called up to the New York Mets. In 22 relief appearances he is 4-3 with a 2.38 earned run average. He has 26 strikeouts in 34 innings of work. It's his first start since 2009 when he was with Double-A Bowie.

Ramon Ortiz (9-5, 3.20) will get the start for Scranton.

Tonight's lineups:

Chris Dickerson -- LF
Corban Joseph -- 2B
Eduardo Nunez -- SS
Ronnier Mustelier -- DH
Brandon Laird -- 3B
Francisco Cervelli -- C
Melky Mesa -- CF
Kosuke Fukudome -- RF
Darnell McDonald -- RF

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