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Maine event for Herd

Mets right-hander John Maine, on the road back from shoulder stiffness pitches tonight for the Bisons on rehab in the second game of the series against Indianapolis. He's scheduled to throw around 85 pitches and then return to New York, where the Mets will decide what to do with him. Does he go in the rotation for Hisonari Takahashi? Does he come back to Buffalo for another rehab outing?

The way the Mets' starters are throwing, there's really no spot for Maine right now. Jerry Manuel told us Wednesday night in Cleveland that putting Maine in the bullpen is not really an option. I'm betting the Mets tell Maine to make another start in Buffalo to delay their decision even more.

Interesting Buffalo lineup tonight. Andy Green bats leadoff for the second time this season and Jonathon Malo gets his first chance in center field. Fernando Martinez has a night off against Indy lefty Brian Burres. St. Francis product Jim Negrych, the hero here Thursday night, is batting third for Indy.

Be sure to catch Jerry Sullivan's column in today's paper on Negrych and Rodney McKissic's game report on the hometown boy's game-winning home run. Here's tonight's Buffalo lineup:

Andy Green, ss
Justin Turner, 2b
Mike Jacobs, 1b
Valentino Pascucci, rf
Lucas Duda, lf
Mike Cervenak, 3b
Josh Thole, c
Jonathan Malo, cf
John Maine, p

---Mike Harrington

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