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Negrych draws leadoff slot in batting order for Bisons' opener

By Mike Harrington

Manager Marty Brown named Justin Germano his Opening Day starter yesterday and has set his batting order today for Thursday's 2:05 game against Rochester. Former St. Francis star Jim Negrych, the first Western New York native to start for the Bisons since Dave Hollins in 2001, has drawn the assignment as the leadoff man in the order.

Negrych will be followed by standout Toronto outfield prospects Anthony Gose and Moises Sierra. Cleanup man Luis Jimenez thrilled a sellout crowd here last July with moonshots to right field during the Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby.

The complete lineup:

Jim Negrych, 2b
Anthony Gose, cf
Moises Sierra, rf
Luis Jimenez, 1b
Andy LaRoche, 3b
Josh Thole, c
Ryan Langerhans, lf
Eugenio Velez, dh
Ryan Goins, ss 


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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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