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Herd looks for split with Romero on mound

By Mike Harrington

We had plenty of Ricky Romero talk on the blog earlier today leading up to tonight's home debut of the bedraggled Blue Jays left-hander. The Bisons will be playing their series finale against the Charlotte Knights and it will be most interesting to see how Romero fares against rehabbing White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham (batting second tonight) and left fielder Jordan Danks (who is batting .310 and homered twice last night).

The Bisons, meanwhile, are simply trying to get a split of a four-game series and find some semblance of peace in their rotation, which has been impossible this month (7.96 ERA). One big change made today was the release of MLB veteran Miguel Batista (1-2, 8.36), who is likely to be replaced in the rotation by Thad Weber. He was picked up on waivers from San Diego yesterday.

With Anthony Gose up in Toronto, the Blue Jays have promoted Ricardo Nanita from Double-A New Hampshire, where he was batting .255 with four home runs. The 31-year-old Nanita, who played for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, has been with Herd manager Marty Brown in Las Vegas the last two years. Moises Sierra has moved to center field for tonight, which is where likely to stay with Gose in the big leagues and with Nanita en route.

Reliever Chad Beck (1-0, 9.45) has been placed on the disabled list.

The Bisons' lineup tonight:

Mike McCoy, ss
Jim Negrych, 2b
Moises Sierra,  cf
Josh Thole, dh
Mauro Gomez, 1b
Ryan Langerhans, rf
Andy LaRoche, 3b
Eugenio Velez, lf
Mike Nickeas, c
Ricky Romero, p 


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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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