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Updated: Fans urged to arrive early for tonight's big Bisons home finale

Updated: Fans urged to arrive early for tonight's big Bisons home finale Lefty Daniel Norris makes his fourth Triple-A start tonight for the Bisons.

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Update at 1:20 p.m. from Mike Harrington:

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Tonight is a big Buffalo Bisons finale for several reasons, so fans are being urged by the team to arrive early for the 6:05 Fan Appreciation Day game.

News Reporter Amy Moritz wrote in today's story:

"With fewer than 6,000 tickets remaining as of Monday night, fans are urged to go to will call early, especially to redeem flex tickets, vouchers or rainout tickets. The box office opens at 9 a.m."

As part of the Fan Appreciation event, there will be giveaways every half inning, and at the conclusion of the game the players will hold their own version of a T-shirt toss before fireworks finish the evening.

The game is a hugely important one for the Bisons in the standings, as last night's 6-2 loss to Pawtucket left them one game out of the International League wild-card race.

Moritz's game story also includes key info on tonight's pitching showdown between the Bisons' Daniel Norris (3-0, 1.08 ERA in three Triple-A starts) and Pawtucket's Henry Owens (1-1, 3.51), who is one of the top prospects in the Red Sox organization.

About the reporters

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.

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. 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.