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Designated hitters hot for Bisons

by Amy Moritz

Offense continues to be the source of strength for the Buffalo Bisons and the designated hitters have been helping the Herd's cause. Nine different players have been in the DH spot for the Herd this season and collectively they are batting .310 with 17 home runs and 46 runs batted in.

Luis Jimenez and Mauro Gomez have made 51 of the 69 starts at DH. Jimenez gets the call in the spot tonight when the Herd hosts Gwinnett (7:05 p.m., TWCS, Radio 1520). Jimenez is hitting .348 with five home runs and 19 RBI when he is the DH.

Overall in the International League, the Herd ranks second in team batting (.276) behind Durham (.286) but is dead last in pitching (5.03 ERA).

Bush gets the start: Dave Bush will make his 12th start for the Herd. He leads the team in wins (seven) and ERA (4.23). In his last start, June 9 against Scranton/Wilkes Barre in Moosic, Pa., he pitched six scoreless innings giving up just two hits with five strikeouts to pick up the win.

Gomez hits for power: Mauro Gomez leads the International League with 18 home runs. But the interesting note -- only three of those have come at home.

Tonight's Bison lineup:

Anthony Gose -- CF
Jim Negrych -- 3B
Mauro Gomez -- 1B 
Luis Jimenez -- DH
Moises Sierra -- RF
Ricardo Nanita -- LF
Andy LaRoche -- 2B
Ryan Goins -- SS
Sean Ochinko -- 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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