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Top pitchers in the International League take the mound today

by Amy Moritz

Please rain, stay away from downtown Buffalo for a few hours. Because this is a great pitching matchup at Coca-Cola Field.

The pitchers with the top two ERAs in the International League square off at 1:05 p.m. (Radio 1520, TWCS) as the Buffalo Bisons conclude their homestand against the Syracuse Chiefs.

For the Herd, it's righty Liam Hendriks, who makes his ninth start of the year. He has a 1.91 ERA, which is second only to Taylor Hill (1.57) who starts for the Chiefs.

Hendriks made two starts with the Toronto Blue Jays during a promotion from May 23-June 2. He went 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA in 11 2/3 innings pitched.

Back in Buffalo, his last start was June 3 when he gave up four runs on six hits in eight innings of a no-decision. In that outing he strukc out six and walked none.

Hill has allowed two eanred runs over 30 innings of his last five outings.

Today's Bisons' lineup:

Darin Mastroianni -- CF
Ryan Goins -- 2B
Jared Goedert -- 3B
Dan Johnson -- 1B
Brad Glenn -- LF
A.J. Jimenez -- DH
Munenori Kawasaki -- SS
Mike Nickeas -- C
Kenny Wilson -- 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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