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Wheeler set to start for Buffalo

It's Mystery Ball Night at Coca-Cola Field were a $20 donation to Women's & Children's Hospital gets you an autographed baseball. Autographed by whom? That's the beauty of the mystery ball. It could be one of the Buffalo Bisons or a New York Met. It could be one of the Buffalo Sabres or Buffalo Bills. Or it could be Katy Perry.

What's also a bit of a mystery at Coca-Cola Field is the weather. Pop-up showers came while the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees were taking batting practice. The swings continued, however the radar shows some rain coming downtown Buffalo's way. That's no surprise. After all Zack Wheeler is scheduled to start. If you recall, it was last Sunday when the No. 1 prospect in the New York Mets organization was supposed to make his Triple A debut in Buffalo but his start was rained out.

So, let's try this again.

Wheeler did make his Triple A debut on Monday in Syracuse. He gave up two runs on three hits in 4 2/3 innings of work with seven strikeouts and four walks taking a no-decision.

He began the season in Double-A Binghamton where he led the Eastern League with 117 strikeouts.

The Yankees will start Justin Thomas who makes his third start of the season.

Tonight's lineups:

Chris Dickerson -- RF
Corban Joseph -- 2B
Eduardo Nunez -- SS
Ronnier Mustelier -- LF
Brandon Laird -- 3B
Francisco Cervelli -- C
Melky Mesa -- CF
Kosuke Fukudome -- 1B
Darnell McDonald -- DH

Josh Rodriguez -- SS
Brad Emaus -- 2B
Josh Satin -- 1B
Lucas Duda -- LF
Zach Lutz -- DH
Valentino Pascucci -- RF
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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