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Jays' marathon causes switch in Bisons' starter

The view of PNC Field from atop Montage Mountain on a Sunday morning.


By Mike Harrington

MOOSIC, Pa. -- The Blue Jays' 18-inning win Saturday over the Texas Rangers cost the Bisons today's scheduled starter as Thad Weber was recalled to give Toronto another arm in the bullpen. So the Herd will go with veteran Dave Bush (6-4) today in the second game of the series against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, who will counter with Chris Bootcheck (5-1).

The Bisons are 19-10 on the road this year and just 14-16 in Coca-Cola Field. The RailRiders are just 11-18 here at new PNC Field at the base of Montage Mountain. and 16-15 on the road. In fact, four of the six teams in the IL North are better away from home. Bizarre. Let's see if that continues.

It's sunny and in the mid-70s here today but that's going to change. The four-game series is slated to continue Monday night although the weather forecast is dismal. It's only marginally better for Tuesday night, when there's a good chance these teams will be trying to play a doubleheader.

Here's today's lineups:

Anthony Gose, cf
Ryan Goins, ss
Luis Jimenez, 1b
Mauro Gomez, dh
Jim Negrych, 3b
Eugenio Velez, lf
Ryan Langerhans, rf
Sean Ochinko, c
Mike McCoy, 2b
Dave Bush, p 

Thomas Neal, dh
Zolio Almonte, cf
Ronnier Mustelier, lf
Dan Johnson, 1b
Josh Bell, 3b
Melky Mesa, rf
Addison Maruszak, ss
Jeff Farnham, c
Alberto Gonzalez, 2b
Chris Bootcheck, 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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