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Batista gets the start for the Herd

by Amy Moritz

It will be righty Miguel Batista with the start for the Buffalo Bisons as they close out their eight-game homestand with a 1:05 game against Norfolk at Coca-Cola Field. Batista (1-0, 4.87 ERA) gave up four runs in six innings of a no-decision on Saturday against Louisville.

He takes the spot of Edgar Gonzalez, who was scheduled for this start earlier in the week before the Blue Jays purchased his contract. Gonzalez pitched for the Blue Jays in their 10-4 loss to Tampa Bay last night. Today he was designated for assignment. 

Against the Tides: The Bisons are 1-2 in the series this season. A win today would give them the series split and give the Herd a split in its eight-game homestand. Since 1998, the Bisons are 73-46 agianst the Tide and 35-24 at Coca-Cola Field.

Offensive notes: Andy LaRoche has a five-game hit streak. He is batting .421 since May 3. The Herd has hit a home run in eight straight games. Oh yeah, and Jim Negrych is on a seven-game hitting streak. His .429 average continues to lead all hitters in affiliated baseball.

Today's Bisons Lineup:

Anthony Gose -- CF
Jim Negrych -- 2B
Moises Sierra -- RF
Luis Jimenez -- 1B
Andy LaRoche -- 3B
Ryan Langerhans -- LF
Eugenio Velez -- DH
Mike McCoy -- SS
Mike Nickeas -- C 

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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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