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Happy Opening Day!

by Amy Moritz

It's Opening Day in the minor leagues and the Buffalo Bisons begin the 2014 season by hosting the Rochester Red Wings this afternoon at Coca-Cola Field.

Marcus Stroman gets his first Opening Day start in professional ball. Listed at 5-9, Stroman is in his second season of pro ball after playing three years at Duke. His height has always been an issue and his best work comes when he pitches with a chip on his shoulder as he explained in today's game advance.

It's the Bisons debut for manager Gary Allenson, who guided the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats last year.

The Opening Day roster for the Herd features 16 players who played in the Major Leagues last season.

Today's starting lineup for the Bisons:

Anthony Gose -- CF
Kevin Pillar -- RF
Matt Tuiasosopo -- LF
Dan Johnson -- 1B
Andy LaRoche -- 3B
Chris Getz -- 2B
Jared Goedert -- DH
Mike Nickeas -- C
Munenori Kawasaki -- SS

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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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