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Jays' Hutchison on mound as Bisons' Brown goes for No. 300

By Mike Harrington

Marty Brown became the Buffalo Bisons' modern-era leader in victories earlier this season and can reach another milestone tonight -- becoming just the seventh manager in the franchise's 128 seasons to reach 300 wins. He goes for it as the  Herd can make it three straight over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in tonight's game against the RailRiders in Coca-Cola Field.

Five of the other six managers to get to 300 -- John C. Champman, George Stallings, George Wiltse, Bill Clymer, Ray Schalk and Kerby Farrell -- were pre-1940s-era skippers. The exception was Farrell (1959-64). 

Rehab note: Right-hander Drew Hutchison gets the start tonight in his first rehab assignment at Triple-A after throwing at both Class A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire on the road back from Tommy John surgery. He went 75 pitches in his last outing so the hope is certainly that he could go five innings or so.

Standings: The Bisons open tonight 3 1/2 games behind Rochester in the IL North but in the lead in the wild-card chase by percentage points over Norfolk and a half-game over Pawtucket. The wild-card standings are here.

Lineup notes: Sean Ochinko caught both ends of last night's doubleheader and is in there again tonight with Mike Nickeas nursing a hairline elbow fracture. First baseman Clint Robinson is sidelined after getting hit in the thumb with an errant throw while running the bases last night.

Tonight's lineup
Mike McCoy, 3b
Anthony Gose, cf
Kevin Pillar, lf
Luis Jimenez, dh
Moises Sierra, rf
Ryan Goins, 2b
Andy LaRoche, 1b
Munenori Kawasaki, ss
Sean Ochinko, c
Drew Hutchison, p 


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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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