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Lutz sits with head injury

Buffalo Bisons third baseman Zach Lutz was not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Norfolk Tides and is listed as day-to-day with a head injury.

Manager Tim Teufel sounded optimistic that Lutz could return to the lineup as early as this afternoon when the Herd plays the Tides. Lutz was struck in the head by a pitch during Buffalo's victory Friday night and Teufel said after the game that Lutz was suffering from a headache.

Lutz entered Friday's contest hitting .327 in 13 games since being activated off the disabled list June 7 and raised his average to .318 in 26 games in Buffalo. His solo homer against the wind to right center in the first inning gave the Bisons a 1-0 lead.

Michael Fisher started at third base in place of Lutz on Saturday.

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Pat Misch is beginning to look like the pitcher who ended last season with the Mets.

The 29-year-old left-hander, who received a no-decision Friday night, worked six complete innings and allowed only two runs on seven strikeouts. Last Sunday at Norfolk, Misch went seven innings in a rain-shortened game and yielded two runs in the Bisons' 16-2 romp over the Tides.

"This is back-to-back outings now where he's pitched well," Teufel said. "He's very successful when he pitches down in the knee area and [Friday] early on he had a good fastball so he's elevating and getting some strikeouts."

Misch started this season with the Herd and struggled, going 0-2 in his first four starts, while allowing 18 runs in 23 2/3 innings. Misch said Bisons pitching coach Ricky Bones has helped him regain his concentration.

"I had to get back to what I know how to do and that's just to pitch," said Misch, who briefly pitched for the Mets this season out of the bullpen. "I was trying to work a little bit too hard and not exactly pitch to my strengths [with the Mets]. Now I've been working with Ricky Bones and we've been concentrating on tape from last year. It's brought back my focus."

Before being called up to the Mets in mid-August of last year, Misch was tied for third in International League wins with 11 and was fifth in ERA at 3.23.

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Nick Evans extended his hitting streak to 15 games -- the longest active streak in the IL -- with a first-inning double Saturday. Evans has averaged .473 with 10 multi-hit games during the streak.

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