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Morning Pitch: Bisons vs. Gwinnett for fridaynightbash!

Going to the game? Here's what you need to know:

Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) vs. Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves)

Coca-Cola Field

First pitch: 7:05 p.m.

Gates open: 5 p.m.

Weather: The forecast calls for a mostly clear sky. Low 68F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Promotions: Legends of the Aud Wrestling Night will feature an appearance by Eric Bischoff and former wrestlers The Nasty Boys Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags, and "The Destroyer" Dick Beyer. It's also a fridaynightbash! with Happy Hour specials from 5-6:30 p.m. and post-game fireworks.

Rehab: Jose Bautista is scheduled to begin his MLB rehab with the Bisons.

Starting pitchers: Righty Casey Lawrence (2-2, 5.34) will start for Buffalo while Gwinnett throws righty Rob Whalen (0-0, 3.60).

Last game: Bisons fall to Gwinnett|Players remember the Jose Bautista bat flip

Bisons Prospects: Outfielder Dalton Pompey is batting .297 and has a future in Toronto, maybe as a starter if he can keep playing well. He’s a speedster. . . . A.J. Jiminez is only 25 and is a good defensive catcher. After several injury plagued seasons he needs to put together a strong Triple-A season to rejuvenate his stock.

Gwinnett Prospects: Pitcher Aaron Blair entered the season as the No. 4-rated Braves prospect. He’s a 6-foot-5 24-year-old who spent most of June in Atlanta. But he went 0-5 and was sent back to Triple-A. Atlanta has a bunch of promising prospects, but most are at the lower levels of the organization. The rebuild of the Braves will take awhile.

Major connections: The first two hitters in the Gwinnett lineup are MLB veterans. Second baseman Omar Infante has played in 1507 major-league games and was an All-Star in 2010. He won a World Series ring with the Royals last year (although he hardly played). Outfielder Emilio Bonifacio has played 784 MLB games.

Familiar face: Braves catcher George Kottras played for the Herd in 2014.

The homestand: It runs through Sunday.

Tickets: $12-13,, Coca-Cola Field Box Office.

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