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Bisons name Germano Opening Day starter

By Amy Moritz

Right-hander Justin Germano, who tossed a perfect game for Columbus in 2011, has been named the starter for the Buffalo Bisons' inaugural game as a Toronto Blue Jays affiliate Thursday at 2:05 against Rochester in Coca-Cola Field. (See the last out of Germano's perfect game above).

The 30-year old was named to the International League All-Star Team last year while playing for Pawtucket but did not get the chance to play in the Triple-A All-Star Game in Buffalo. He was recalled to Boston and pitched one game for the Red Sox before being traded to the Chicago Cubs for the rest of 2012.

In 17 games and 16 starts for Pawtucket last year, he went 9-4 with a 2.40 earned run average. He was 2-10, 6.75 in 13 games for the Cubs (12 starts).

Germano was singed buy the Blue Jays in the offseason. He has pitched in 93 Major League games with the Padres, Reds, Indians, Red Sox and Cubs. In the minor leagues, he has a career record of 90-69 in 254 games.

Germano was Pawtucket’s Opening Day starter last season and defeated the Bisons, 4-2, at McCoy Stadium on April 5, 2012. He allowed two runs in five innings. Germano needed just 95 pitches to throw his perfect game at Syracuse on July 26, 2011. It was just the fifth one in International League history. 

Manager Marty Brown named the starting rotation of five righties, with Ramon Ortiz scheduled to start here on Friday, Claudio Vargas and Dave Bush going on Saturday and Sunday in Rochester and Todd Redmond slated to start Monday when the Herd returns to Buffalo to play Syracuse. Ortiz was a 13-game winner last year at Scranton and won 15 games in 2002 for the Anaheim Angels as well as two postseason games that season.

The Bisons also announced the Blue Jays have promoted 1B/OF Adam Loewen from Double-A New Hampshire to replace Lars Anderson, who was lost on waivers to the White Sox. Loewen, a converted pitcher, hit .227 with eight homers and 26 RBIs in 56 games with the Bisons last season.

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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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