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Cabrera starts for the Herd

by Amy Moritz

Melky Cabrera will bat third and start in left field for the Buffalo Bisons tonight as they host the Toledo Mud Hens in Coca-Cola Field.

Cabrera joins the Herd on a Major League rehabilitation assignment. He has been on the Blue Jays' disabled list since June 27 with left knee tendinitis. He began his rehab on July 12 in Single-A Dunedin and played two games with Double-A New Hampshire. In his four rehab starts, Cabrera has hit .231 (3 for 13) with a home run and two runs driven in. In 78 games with Toronto this season, he hit .278 with 13 doubles, three homers and 29 runs batted in.

Going over the signs: After last night's ill-fated double-steal attempt by Eugenio Velez and Anthony Gose which ended the game and a potential rally for the Herd, manager Marty Brown gathered the team together before batting practice and went over the signs. Brown said he did not give a steal sign in the ninth inning of the Herd's 4-2 loss to Toledo.

Germano on the mound: Justin Germano gets the start for the Herd. He is 5-7 with a 5.35 ERA this season and leads the team in quality starts with eight. 

Hall of Fame Day: The Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame officially inducts the three members of the Class of 2013 in a pre-game ceremony. Ernie Young was the top run-producer for two of hte best offensive clubs in the Bisons modern era (2004-05). Dave Roberts played parts of four seasons with the herd and is the club's modern era stolen base leader with 97. Mike Harrington is the lead baseball reporter and columnist for The Buffalo News and has covered every World Series since 2000. (You should already be following him on Twitter at @BNHarrington by the way.) The festivities are expected to push the first pitch back to 7:15.

Tonight's Bisons' Lineup:
Kevin Pillar --CF
Munenori Kawasaki -- SS
Melky Cabrera -- LF
Mauro Gomez -- DH
Jim Negrych -- 2B
Andy LaRoche -- 3B
Clint Robinson -- 1B
Sean Ochinko -- C
Anthony Gose -- RF 

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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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