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Bisons look to use the force to pick up third straight win

by Amy Moritz

The Buffalo Bisons (er, Jedi Bisons) prepare to do battle with a team from a galaxy far, far away (or, you know Syracuse) ... yes the Star Wars references will be flowing freely tonight as the Herd hosts its seventh annual Star Wars Night at Coca-Cola Field.

While the soldout crowd will get to play with laser swords, meet characters from the movie and follow along with a game-long Star Wars episodic story, the Bisons will be looking for their third straight win. While wearing R2D2 themed jerseys.

On the mound: Kyle Drabek makes his seventh home start. He took the loss on June 2, against the Chiefs, giving up four runs on six hits including three home runs.

Roster moves: Brad Glenn comes off the disabled list and returns to right field for the Herd. His bat is much needed as the Bisons look to create some offense. Glenn has hit in all 13 games he has started for Buffalo since his promotion from Double-A New Hampshire. Outfielder Brett Carroll went on the DL while pitcher Shawn Hill was transferred to the FisherCats.

Streak continues: Darin Marstroianni extended his hitting streak to nine games. During this stretch, he his batting .438 with six runs scored and four stolen bases while driving in six runs.

Tonight's Bisons' lineup:

Darin Mastroianni -- CF
A.J. Jimenez -- C
Jared Goedert -- 3B
Dan Johnson -- 1B
Brad Glenn -- RF
Matt Tuiasosopo -- LF
Ryan Goins -- 2B
Andy LaRoche -- DH
Jonathan Diaz -- SS

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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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