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Bisons' Gomez selected to compete in Triple-A Home Run Derby

by Amy Moritz

Mauro Gomez will have a chance to become the third Buffalo Bison to be crowned Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby Champion.

The Herd's designated hitter was one of three players from the International League selected to compete against three Pacific Coast League sluggers in the All-Star Home Run Derby on July 15 in Reno, Nevada.

Gomez has 24 home runs on the season for the third most in all of minor league baseball. He has posted five multi-home run games this season, tied for the modern era Buffalo Bisons record.

Last year, Valentino Pascucci belted out 22 home runs in the All-Star derby at Coca-Cola Field to win the title. In 2006 it was Andy Marte who took the title with 26 homers at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio.

Also on the IL home run derby team are Chris Colabello (Rochester) and Ernesto Mejia (Gwinnett).

Representing the PCL will be Matt Davidson (Reno), Johnny Monell (Fresno) and Brock Peterson (Memphis).

The Bisons open a four-game road trip tonight in Syracuse. On Thursday they move to Lehigh Valley before returning home for weekend games against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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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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