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Goins gets first MLB hit; Blue Jays sign Indy league star for Herd

By Mike Harrington

While most of the Blue Jays are going to want to quickly forget Friday's 12-4 loss to the woebegone Houston Astros, Bisons shortstop Ryan Goins never will. Making his major-league debut, Goins went 2 for 4 in front of a couple dozen family and friends from nearby Round Rock.

Click here to read about Goins' debut and see video of his first hit.

The Bisons, meanwhile, will have another new outfielder tonight for their game vs. Lehigh Valley. Multiple reports say the Blue Jays have signed Blake Gailen from Lancaster (Pa.) of the Atlantic League -- who was named Baseball America's 2012 Independent league player of the year after batting .338 with 22 home runs and 89 RBIs. He was batting .288-11-52 this season.

I still say the Bisons are done but they got a huge reprieve Friday night when Rochester blew a 6-1 lead in the ninth inning and suffered a stunning 7-6 loss to Indianapolis at Frontier Field. The Indians got a game-tying grand slam from former Bison catcher Lucas May and won the game on a sacrifice fly. So the Bisons are 3 1/2 behind Rochester for the wild card with 11 to play.

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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.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


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.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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