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Herd pick up Gomez

The Toronto Blue Jays announced that they have claimed 2012 IL MVP Mauro Gomez off waivers from the Boston Red Sox and optioned him to the Buffalo Bisons.

Gomez, 28, hit .310 with 34 doubles, 24 home runs and 74 RBIs in 100 games with the Pawtucket Red Sox. He led the league in slugging percentage (.589) and finished in the Top 5 in average (2nd, .310), home runs (T3rd, 24), doubles, (T3rd, 34) and RBIs (5th, 74).

Gomez also made his Major League debut with Boston last year and hit .275 with two home runs and 17 RBI in 37 games.

To make room on their 40-man roster, the Toronto Blue Jays designed RHP Dave Bush for assignment.

The Herd starts a three-game series with the rival Syracuse Chiefs tonight with right-hander Casey Lawrence going against Syracuse's Danny Rosenbaum. There's a chance of rain tonight and the tarp was placed on the field at 5:40 p.m.

Here is the starting lineup for tonight's game:

Mike McCoy, 3b
Anthony Gose, cf
Moises Sierra, rf
Luis Jimenez, dh
Andy LaRoche, 1b
Ryan Langerhans, lf
Mike Nickeas, c
Eugenio Velz, 3b
Ryan Goins, ss
Casey Lawrence, p

---Rodney McKissic

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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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