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Herd to face Arrieta, just down from Baltimore

By Mike Harrington

Following last night's 8-3 loss to Norfolk, Bisons manager Marty Brown talked about how impressed he was with the veteran quartet of Norfolk pitchers, topped by the eight strikeouts of Tides starter Steve Johnson.

The Bisons will see another experienced arm tonight in Coca-Cola Field as 27-year-old right-hander Jake Arrieta, optioned by Baltimore on April 24, will get the start for Norfolk against Buffalo's Justin Germano (3-1). Arrieta is 2-0, 1.38 in two starts for Norfolk, with 15 strikeouts and just one walk in 13 innings.

Arrieta went 1-1, 6.63 in four starts for Baltimore before getting sent down. He was 3-9, 6.20 for the Orioles last season and went 10-8, 5.05 in 2011. 

The Blue Jays have promoted reliever Chad Beck from Double-A New Hampshire to Buffalo and placed Bisons infielder Lance Zawadski on the disabled list retroactive to May 3. Beck, who pitched here in the Triple-A All-Star Game while representing Las Vegas, was 1-0, 2.87 and had converted six of seven saves for New Hampshire. Beck went 2-0, 1.31 with 18 saves for Bisons manager Marty Brown last year in Las Vegas.

Here's the Bisons lineup tonight:

Anthony Gose, cf
Jim Negrych, 2b
Moises Sierra, rf
Luis Jimenez, 1b
Mauro Gomez, dh
Andy LaRoche, 3b
Eugenio Velez, lf
Mike McCoy, ss
Mike Nickeas, c
Justin Germano, 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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