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Ex-Bison Tuiasosopo makes Tigers' Opening Day roster

Matt Tuiasosopo: From Buffalo to Detroit. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

By Mike Harrington

Bisons manager Wally Backman loved Matt Tuiasosopo last year, constantly talking up the journeyman for a callup to New York that never came. But it turns out other teams were watching Tuiasosopo, who hit .242 with 12 homers and 57 RBIs in 131 games for the Herd.

The Detroit Tigers were apparently trying to trade for him late last season but couldn't get him until he signed a minor-league deal over the winter. Now Jim Leyland has decided that Tuiasosopo will start the year in Detroit, and not Toledo, as a right-handed option off the bench. Tuiasosopo hit .286 with four homers this spring and had a big bounceback -- including a home run off Stephen Strasburg -- after an 0-for-14 start

"I don't think anybody in here can disagree that this kid deserves a shot," Leyland said. "He's stung the ball. He's hit the ball out of the ballpark. He's hit the ball hard."

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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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