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Bisons look to break Indianapolis hold

by Amy Moritz

The Buffalo Bisons struggles against the Indianapolis Indians continue. After dropping three of four against the Indians on the road last week, the Herd dropped the series opener at Coca-Cola Field on Thursday, 7-3. That puts them at 1-4 against Indy this season. The Bisons have not won a series against the Indians in Buffalo since 2004.

Vargas on the Mound: Claudio Vargas makes his ninth start for the Herd. He leads the team in ERA (4.70) and quality starts with four. In his last outing on May 18 against Charlotte, Vargas took the loss, giving up six earned runs on seven hits in three innings.

Who's in first? The Bisons have now been tied or alone in first place of the International League North for 33 straight games, the club's longest streak since 2007. The Herd spent 65 straight games in first place and spent 76 games total in first, but failed to make the playoffs. Going into tonight's action, the Bisons are tied for first with Pawtucket.

Tonight's Bison lineup:
Mike McCoy -- CF
Jim Negrych -- 2B
Moises Sierra -- RF
Luis Jimenez -- DH
Mauro Gomez -- 1B
Andy LaRoche -- 3B
Eugenio Velez --LF
Ryan Goins -- SS
Mike Nickeas -- C


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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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