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Wheeler joins the Herd as Bisons open homestand

It's one of the pitching promotions people have been talking about for weeks and finally, Zack Wheeler is in the house. The Mets. No. 1 prospect was at Coca-Cola Field this afternoon and worked a side session in preparation for his first Triple-A start, scheduled for Sunday afternoon. Wheeler led the Eastern League with 117 strikeouts and was 10-6 with a 3.26 earned run average with Double-A Binghamton.

Wheeler met with members of the media before getting to work and said it's an honor to get up to Triple-A.

"It shows that I've done pretty good so far this year and put in a lot of work during the offseason," Wheeler said. "I'm trying to develop all my pitches and get my command a little bit better. Like I said it's an honor to be here."

Tonight, the Herd opens a four-game homestand against the Syraucse Chiefs. The Bisons have fallen off the playoff wagon, going just 3-7 in their last 10 games. They're a game ahead of Syracuse in the battle for last place in the International League North.

Lefty Garrett Olson starts for the Herd tonight. He is 4-6 with a 4.78 ERA. Since the All-Star break, he is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA in 13 innings of work.

Tonight's Bison lineup:

Kirk Nieuwenhuis -- RF
Josh Rodriguez -- SS
Lucas Duda -- LF
Zach Lutz -- 3B
Adam Loewen -- 1B
Josh Satin -- 2B
Matt den Dekker -- CF
Mike Nickeas -- C
Garrett Olson -- P

--- 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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