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Away from the pennant races, Greenberg's One At Bat is on tonight's docket

The Mets and Marlins play a relatively meaningless game tonight in Miami (7 p.m., SNY) and it's noteworthy for two things: R.A. Dickey's attempt to go for his 21st win and Adam Greenberg's at-bat.

Greenberg, you may recall, was the subject of a post here last week that detailed how he's been signed to a one-day contract by the Marlins and will get one at-bat -- more than seven years after getting beaned in the head during the only pitch he saw in the big leagues with the Chicago Cubs. That pitch, oddly enough, came from Marlins reliever Valerio De Los Santos, so the club made Greenberg the offer in the wake of a huge online petition drive.

Greenberg was offered the contract Thursday on NBC's Today Show and is expected to appear on the show again Wednesday morning to discuss his appearance in the game.

Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said Monday night the team thought about starting Greenberg and batting him leadoff but will instead simply use him as a pinch-hitter. Expected in the stands is 75-year-old Fred Van Dusen, the only other player in MLB history to be hit by a pitch in his lone big-league at-bat. 

Here's a story on Greenberg from Tyler Kepner of the New York Times.

---Mike Harrington
Twitter: @BNHarrington 

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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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