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Herd wraps up four-game set with Bats

By Rodney McKissic

Rain threatened to put a damper on tonight's Bisons-Louisville game but it looks like the contest will be played as scheduled. It was pivitol to play the game - the finale of a four-game set - because this is the last time the Bats will be at Coca-Cola Field this season.

Here is the Bisons lineup for tonight's game:

Anthony Gose, CF
Darin Mastroianni, RF
Kevin Pillar, LF
Dan Johnson, DH
Matt Tuiasosopo, 1B
Ryan Goins, 2B
Jared Goedert, 3B
Steve Tolleson, SS
Erik Kratz, C

 

Drabek takes the mound for the Bisons

by Amy Moritz

The Bisons will look to get back on track tonight after a 2-1 loss to the Louisville Bats on Sunday.

The loss was an odd game for Buffalo pitchers as they combined for 12 walks, including a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning which tied the game.

Kyle Drabek gets the start for the Herd's 6:05 game against the Bats at Coca-Cola Field. Drabek is making his fifth start of the season. He is 1-2 and coming off a loss where he allowed two unearned runs in five innings at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday.

Anthony Gose is back in the lineup today, batting first and playing right field. He had Sunday off, aside from entering the game as a pinch runner in the ninth, after jamming his thumb on Saturday.

Kevin Pillar will bat third and play left field. He has a 10-game hit streak -- the third longest active streak in the International League.

Tonight's starting lineup for the Bisons:

Anthony Gose -- RF
Darin Mastroianni -- CF
Kevin Pillar -- LF
Dan Johnson -- 1B
Jared Goedert -- 3B
Matt Tuiasosopo -- DH
Steve Tolleson -- SS
Ryan Schimpf -- 2B
Erik Kratz -- C

 

Walks costly as Bisons drop, 2-1, decision to Louisville

by Amy Moritz

Walks came back to haunt the Buffalo Bisons pitching staff as the Herd dropped a 2-1 decision to the Louisville Bats at Coca-Cola Field Sunday afternoon.

The Bisons issued a total of 12 walks, six with two outs, including walking in the game-tying run in the ninth inning.

Buffalo had taken a 1-0 lead in the eighth.

Ricardo Nanita had a one-out double then Chris Getz, pinch-hitting for Mike Nickeas, doubled down the left field line to score Nanita and give the Herd the 1-0 lead.

The Bats put runners on base in the ninth with a one-out hit and a walk off reliever Gregory Infante. The runners moved up to second and third on a ground out and Infante issued another walk to load the bases with two outs.

John Stilson entered the game and walked Thomas Neal allowing the tying run to cross the plate. A single by Max Ramirez scored another and the Bats took a 2-1 lead.

The Bisons threatened in the bottom of the ninth when with one out Kevin Pillar singled and advanced to third on a single from Dan Johnson but Ryan Schimpf grounded into a double play to end the game.

Starter Ricky Romero issued six walks -- three to load the bases in both the first and second innings -- but surrendered no runs in his five innings of work. Romero finished with four strikeouts while giving up two hits.

The series continues at 6:05 Monday when the Bisons host Louisville.

Romero looking for first win while Bisons looking to start a streak

by Amy Moritz

Ricky Romero is making is fourth start of the season for the Buffalo Bisons but is looking for his first decision of 2014.

Romero is 0-0 with a 4.80 earned run average and takes the mound for the Herd this afternoon in a 1:05 game against the Louisville Bats at Coca-Cola Field.

In his last outing, a no-decision at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Romero allowed five runs (four earned) in five innings. He struck out four and gave up nine hits with no walks.

His only other start at home was his only quality start of the season where he gave up one run on two hits in six innings.

Other notes:

  • Chien-Ming Wang gets the start for Louisville. He spent parts of last season in Buffalo, going 4-3 in nine appearances (eight starts) for the Herd with a 3.48 ERA. Signed to a minor league contract by the Cincinnati Reds in December, he is 1-3 in four starts with the Bats this season.
  • The Bisons have won their last two and are looking to put together their first winning streak since they opened the season 4-0.
  • Kevin Pillar is on a streak of his own -- a nine-game hitting streak. Since April 17 Pillar has averaged .353 with five doubles, three runs batted in and five runs scored.
  • Anthony Gose is not in the lineup today after he jammed his thumb while attempting to make a diving catch in centerfield in the eighth inning yesterday.

Today's starting lineup for the Herd:

Darin Mastroianni -- CF
Steve Tolleson -- 2B
Kevin Pillar -- LF
Dan Johnson -- DH
Ryan Schimpf -- 3B
Matt Tuiasosopo -- 1B
Ricardo Nanita -- RF
Mike Nickeas -- C
Munenori Kawasaki -- SS

 

 

Nolin back on the mound after his best outing of the season

by Amy Moritz

The sun is working really hard to come out in downtown Buffalo as the Bisons prepare to kick off an eight-game homestand with a 4:05 first pitch against the Louisville Bats at Coca-Cola Field.

Lefty Sean Nolin is coming off his best start of the season after throwing six shutout innings in a no-decision at Pawtucket last Saturday. He gave up three hits and struck out seven.

Outfielder Darin Mastroianni makes his Coca-Cola Field debut as a member of the Bisons. He was claimed off waivers by Toronto after spending the last two years in the Minnesota organization doing the shuffle between the Twins and Triple-A Rochester.

The Bisons announced other transaction news:

Right-handed pitcher Gregory Infante and infielder Ryan Schimpf were promoted to the Bisons from Double-A New Hampshire.

Infielder Kevin Nolan was transferred to New Hampshire.

On Friday night, the Blue Jays made bullpen moves, optioning Neil Wagner to the Bisons and recalling Chad Jenkins.

Infante has five saves with a 3.38 earned run average in eight relief outings for New Hampshire. He has allowed just one hit in his last five appearances. Last season he split time between Triple-A Albuquerque and Double-A Chattanooga in the Dodgers organization.

Schimpf hit .322 with eight doubles and four home runs, driving in 10 runs over17 games for the Fisher Cats. He ranks second in the Eastern League with 12 extra-base hits. He was a fifth-round draft pick of the Blue Jays in 2009.

Wagner started the season with the Herd, picking up two saves in two scoreless appearances. He was recalled to Toronto on April 9 and posted a 3.12 ERA in nine outings. 

This afternoon's Bisons' lineup:

Anthony Gose -- CF
Darin Mastroianni -- RF
Chris Getz -- 2B
Dan Johnson -- 1B
Kevin Pillar -- LF
Steve Tolleson -- SS
Matt Tuiasosopo -- DH
Jared Goedert -- 3B
Erik Kratz -- C

Bisons drop doubleheader

By Amy Moritz

The game was only scheduled for seven innings as the first half of a doubleheader at Coca-Cola Field Thursday afternoon.

Still it took nine innings to decide the game as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders took a 2-1 decision over the Buffalo Bisons.

In Game 2 of the doubleheader, Scranton jumped all over strater Kyle Drabek and went on for a 7-2 win to sweep the twinbill.

In the first game the Bisons tied the game in the bottom of the seventh when Kevin Nolan legged out a doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Chris Getz.

Getz stole second with two outs but an iffy third-strike appeal on Steve Tolleson ended the inning and sent the scheduled seven-inning game into extra frames.

 The Bisons threatened in the bottom of the eighth with two walks and no outs, but shallow fly balls to the outfield and a strikeout by Ricardo Nanita left the runners stranded. 

Austin Bibens-Dirkx, freshly promoted from Double-A New Hampshire, gave up a leadoff walk in the ninth to Ronnier Mustelier. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a two-out single to center by Carmen Angelini.

The Bisons had a runner in scoring position when Getz drew a two-out walk and stole second. Tolleson drew a walk bringing Brett Caroll to the plate, who entered the game as a pinch runner in the eighth. Carroll struck out  to end the game.

Ricky Romero pitched a solid outing getting his second start of the season. He gave up one run on two hits through six innigns of work. He had just two strikeouts and it was the four walks which hurt the lefty.

In the third, Romero gave up two walks, including to the leadoff batter Antoan Richardson. Richardson moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and stole third. A walk to Ramond Flores put runners on the corners with out out. With the infield playing shallow, Jose Pirela’s ground ball found space to score the game’s first run.

The Bisons didn’t get their first hit of the game until the fifth inning when Kevin Nolan led off with his first Triple-A single. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mike Nickeas but good defensive plays by Scranton in the field kept the Herd off the board.

Gose recalled by the Blue Jays while Bisons gain a pitcher

by Amy Moritz

A few pre-game roster moves announced before the Buffalo Bisons begin their noon doubleheader with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

As expected, Anthony Gose was recalled by the Blue Jays as their 26th man for the doubleheader against the Twins in Minnesota. Gose will likely play center field in the second game.

The Bisons also added a pitcher as righty Austin Bibens-Dirkx was promoted from Double-A New Hampshire. Bibens-Dirks, 28, has a 4.15 earned run average in two starts for the Fisher Cats. He split last season between Single-A Dunedin and New Hampshire. In 29 games he was 12-9 with a 2.48 ERA.

Bisons doubleheader starts at noon

by Amy Moritz

It's a beautiful day for a doubleheader. At least when it warms up a bit this afternoon.

The Buffalo Bisons and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders will play two seven-inning games start at noon at Coca-Cola Field. The twinbill makes up one of the games from earlier in the homestand when wet grounds and snow forced postponements.

Ricky Romero gets the start in the first game making his second start of the season. Romero allowed three runs in four innings of a no-decision last week in Lehigh Valley. Last year the lefty won five games for the Herd, striking out 81 batters in 22 starts.

Kyle Drabek will start the second game. He is 1-0 in two starts, picking up his first win April 11 against Pawtucket where he gave up three runs on seven hits with five strikeouts in five innings of work.

Anthoy Gose is expected to be promoted by the Toronto Blue Jays today for their doubleheader in Minnesota. The expectation is that he will play the second game and be returned to the Bisons.

The starting lineup for the Bisons in Game 1:

Chris Getz -- 2B
Steve Tolleson -- 3B
Juan Francisco -- DH
Dan Johnson -- 1B
Matt Tuiasosopo -- LF
Kevin Pillar -- CF
Ricardo Nanita -- RF
Kevin Nolan -- SS
Mike Nickeas -- C

Finally time to play ball as Stroman gets start for the Herd

by Amy Moritz

After two days of bad weather, the Buffalo Bisons will finally get the chance to host the Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders. And finally Marcus Stroman gets to take the mound.

Stroman was the Opening Day starter for the Herd, giving up two runs on four hits in a no-decision. He was a hard-luck loser on April 9 in Lehigh Valley.

That start was the second game of a doubleheader. The first game went to extra innings and Stroman didn't get to the mound until 10 p.m. He pitched a complete seven-inning game but took the 1-0 loss when the winning run scored on a passed ball. He struck out eight, walked five and gave up three hits in that outing.

Getting his first start with the Herd tonight is catcher Erik Kratz. The three-time International League ALl-Star was optioned by Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.

Tonight's Bisons' lineup:

Chris Getz -- 2B
Steve Tolleson -- SS
Juan Francisco -- 3B
Dan Johnson -- DH
Matt Tuiasosopo -- LF
Kevin Pillar -- CF
Jared Goedert -- 1B
Erik Kratz -- C
Brett Carroll -- RF

Kawasaki, Happ return to the Blue Jays

by Amy Moritz

While the weather has wrecked havoc with the Buffalo Bisons schedule, the roster moves continued on Tuesday afternoon.

The Toronto Blue Jays purchased the contract of shortstop Munenori Kawasaki and activated pitcher J.A. Happ from his Major League Rehabilitation Assignment.

To make room on their roster, the Blue Jays optioned catcher Erik Kratz to the Bisons. Toronto also announced today that Jeremy Jeffress cleared waivers and has been outrighted to the Bisons. Also announced was that Buffalo pitcher Marcus Walden has been designated for assignment.

The promotion for Kawasaki comes after Toronto's Maicer Izturis suffered a complete tear of his lateral collateral ligament. Typical recover time for the tear is four to six months although the 33-year old is reportedly seeking a second opinion before scheduling the surgery.

In eight games with the Bisons, Kawasaki hit .240 with a doubel and an RBI.

Happ returns to the Blue Jays after making one start for the Herd on Thursday. He struck out six, gave up one run on five hits in a no-decision to Pawtucket.

Kratz played six games with the Blue Jays, batting .200 with a home run and four runs batted in. He is a three-time International League All-Star, winning the honor with Indianapolis (2009) and Lehigh Valley (2010, 2011).

Jeffress pitched in 25 games for Buffalo last season gong 1-0 with a 1.65 earned run average and seven saves. He threw in three games for the Blue Jays this year giving up four runs in 3 1/3 innings.

Walden is 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA in three games with the Bisons this year.

 

Bisons once again postponed

by Amy Moritz

Winter weather has postponed Tuesday's scheduled doubleheader between the Buffalo Bisons and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. It's the second straight day the Herd's games at Coca-Cola Field have been scrapped with bad weather conditions.

The teams will play a single game on Wednesday at 6:05 p.m. with a single-admission doubleheader starting at 12:05 p.m. Thursday at Coca-Cola Field. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m. Fans already holding tickets to Thursday's game can use them for admission to both.

The second game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday, July 2. That doubleheader will begin at 5:35 p.m.

Fans holding tickets for tonight's game can exchange them for a comparable ticket to any future Bisons game with the exception of special events. All ticket exchanges must be made at the Coca-Cola Field box office and can be done anytime during the 2014 season.

email: amoritz@buffnews.com

Bisons-Scranton postponed, will play two on Tuesday

By Rodney McKissic

Rain and cold temperatures have forced the Herd to postpone their game tonight against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The game will be part of a single-admission doubleheader beginning at 5:05 p.m. Tuesday at Coca-Cola Field. Fans already holding tickets to the game on Tuesday can use their ticket for admission to both games.

Fans holding tickets to tonight’s game can exchange them for a comparable ticket to any future Bisons game this season excluding special events. All ticket exchanges must be made at the Coca-Cola Field Box Office. These exchanges do not have to be made today.

Fans with tickets can exchange them throughout the remainder of the 2014 season.

The Herd’s Marcus Stroman (0-1) was scheduled tonight against Scranton’s Chase Whitley (0-1) but it hasn’t been determined if Stroman’s start will be pushed back until Tuesday. Stroman is coming off the first complete game of his pro career but was the loser in a 1-0 defeat to Lehigh Valley in the second game of a doubleheader last Wednesday. Stroman fanned eight in the loss and allowed just one unearned run on three hits. He has posted a 1.80 ERA in his first two Triple-A starts.

Ricky Romero (0-0) is slated to pitch Tuesday against Graham Stoneburner (0-0).

Bisons conclude four-game set with PawSox

By Rodney McKissic

The Bisons, tied with Rochester atop the IL North Division, will close out a four-game series with visiting Pawtucket today at 1:05 p.m. Sean Nolin (1-0) takes the hill for the Herd against the PawSox's Allen Webster (1-1). Here is the starting lineup for today's game:

Anthony Gose, CF
Steve Tolleson, 2B
Juan Francisco, 3B
Dan Johnson, 1B
Kevin Pillar, RF
Chris Getz, DH
Brett Carroll, LF
Jack Murphy, C
Munenori Kawasaki, SS
Sean Nolin, P

 

Hendriks leads Bisons to a 3-2 win

by Amy Moritz

 

 

 

 

A solid outing from Liam Hendriks gave the Buffalo Bisons a 3-2 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox in front of 5,692 at Coca-Cola Field Saturday afternoon.

Hendriks threw 5 2/3 shutout innings giving up just one hit with four strikeouts. Though he issued no walks, it took the lefty some time to warm into the game. He had a 23-pitch first inning. But things got progressively better. He threw 18 in the second then needed just seven pitches in the third and fourth innings to retire the side.

The offensive support for Hendriks started in the third.  Mike Nickeas led off with a single and moved to second a sacrifice bunt from Munenori Kawaski. With two outs Nickeas scored on a single to left by Steve Tolleson.

The led extended to 2-0 in the fourth when Matt Tuiasosopo drew a one-out walk and scored when Kevin Pillar split the gap in right field with a screaming line drive good for a triple. Pillar scored on a single from Jared Goedert to make it 3-0.

The PawSox got back in the game in the eighth when Dan Butler drove a fullcount pitch off the left field foul pole for a two-out two-run home run. That cut the Herd’s lead to 3-2.

The teams meet again at 1 p.m. Sunday with lefty Sean Nolin (1-0, 1.59 ERA) scheduled to start for the herd against righty Allen Webster (1-1, 2.79).

Hendriks gets the start for the Herd ... finally

by Amy Moritz

Finally, Liam Hendriks makes his scheduled start as the Buffalo Bisons host the Pawutcket Red Sox at 1 this afternoon in Coca-Cola Field.

The left-hander has made two relief appearance for the Bisons throwing two innings of shutout ball each time. His scheduled start in the rotation had been rained out.

Hendriks was claimed off waivers from Baltimore by the Toronto Blue Jays in February. Last season he was on the Opening Day roster with the Minnesota Twins and was optioned to Rochester after two starts. He missed 37 games while on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation from May 12 to June 19.

Also of note for the Herd is outfielder Anthony Gosde who has started the season on a six-game hitting streak. He his batting .320 with a .433 on-base percentage this season.

This afternoon's Bisons' lineup:

Anthony Gose -- CF
Steve Tolleson -- 2B
Juan Francisco -- DH
Dan Johnson -- 1B
Matt Tuiasosopo -- LF
Kevin Pillar -- RF
Jared Goedert -- 3B
Mike Nickeas -- C
Munenori Kawasaki -- SS

After a week of play, it's the first fridaynightbash! for good-looking Herd in game two vs. PawSox

By Mike Harrington

We've gone through the first week of the International League season and the Buffalo Bisons have dodged three rainouts to post a 4-2 record heading into tonight's 6:05 game in Coca-Cola Field against the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Some quick numbers on the Herd thus far:

Batting: .240 (believe it or not, 7th in the 14-team IL)
Runs: 30 (T-6th)
Runs per game: 5.0 (5th)
ERA: 3.00 (2nd)

The Bisons have scored a lot early (seven runs in first innings, their highest total) and have scored a lot late (five runs in the eighth, four in two extra-inning wins). Their batters have been selective, walking 29 times in six games, while the pitchers have a 2-1 strikeout-walk ratio (54-27 in 57 innings).

Among individuals:
---Anthony Gose has hit in all five starts, posting a .423 on-base percentage to go with a .286 average.
---Newly acquired Juan Francisco leads the team in batting (.429), on-base (.478), slugging (.714) and OPS (1.193). Dan Johnson is second (.300/.464/1.114) and Johnson and Francisco have split the team's four home runs.
----In need of a quick breakout: Kevin Pillar is 2 for 25 and Mike Nickeas is 1 for 16.
----Reliever Bobby Korecky is one of four IL pitchers with two wins, and both Korecky and Chad Jenkins have six scoreless innings out of the bullpen thus far.

Kyle Drabek will make his second start of the season tonight against Pawtucket's Jeremy Kehrt. The Bisons (4-2), Rochester (4-2) and Pawtucket (5-3) are tied top the IL North thus far.

Elsewhere in the IL, it's a big night tonight in Charlotte as the Knights officially move downtown to BB&T Ballpark with  7:05 game against Norfolk. Props to the folks down there for getting that project done and here's hoping they remember April 11, 2014 as fondly as we recall April 14, 1988.

The Bisons' lineup tonight:

Anthony Gose,  cf
Steve Tolleson,  2b
Juan Francisco, 3b
Dan Johnson, 1b
Matt Tuiasosopo, lf
Kevin Pillar, rf
Andy LaRoche, dh
Mike Nickeas,  c
Munenori Kawasaki,  ss
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Kyle Drabek, p

Allenson on the rehab outing of J.A. Happ as the Bisons lose, 7-4

by Amy Moritz

It wasn't a great spring for J.A. Happ. His numbers were just plain bad -- 16 runs on 21 hits in seven innings over four starts.

Then he started the season on the disabled list with lower back tightness.

In his second Major League Rehabilitation start Thursday night, he pitched well, throwing 90 pitches over 4 2/3 innings for the Buffalo Bisons. He took a no-decision in the Herd's 7-4 loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox at Coca-Cola Field.

Happ gave up one run (a solo homer) on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts. It was a positive outing but Bisons' manager Gary Allenson sees room for improvement namely throwing more breaking balls and shortening the number of pitches he throws each inning.

"He was pretty good," Allenson said. "It was much better than spring training. ... One of the reps on him is he throws too many pitches per inning … you know what I’d like to see him do a little more there? He got ahead for the most part. He got a few guys to chase the high fastball with two strikes. I’d like to see him bounce a breaking ball every now and then.  

"I saw him pitch once maybe twice," in spring training Allenson said. "I think tonight he was just more aggressive in the strike zone. We like to call pitching to early contact but the pitch count went up when they were fouling balls off. There was a guy who had a 10-11 pitch at-bat right when he was rolling along too. Obviously it was positive. Pitched well. Pitched well enough to win."

Happ was working with a 95-pitch limit and while ideally that would take him into the sixth inning, the Pawtucket hitters were able to stay alive by fouling balls off. The one at-bat that stuck in Allenson's mind was the 10-pitch walk to Alex Hassan after Happ got ahead 0-2.

Still, it was a 1-1 score when Happ left. That's when the Herd suffered a letdown. The bullpen entered the game with a 1.16 earned run average but Marcus Walden gave up four runs, John Stilson gave up one and Richard Bleier gave up one as the PawSox took control of the game.

Walden was just activated after being optioned by Toronto while Stilson was just returned after his grandmother passed away.

"Walden went up but he didn’t pitch so I’m sure he was little rusty," Allenson said. "He doesn’t usually throw the sinker letter high and he was doing that tonight. Stilson’s been gone. His grandmother passed away. Sooner or later we’ve got to get guys ready to be out there on a regular basis there. We kinda took one tonight. Just one of them things."

Happ gets rehab start for the Bisons

by Amy Moritz

Lefty J.A. Happ gets the start for the Buffalo Bisons tonight as the Herd opens an eight-game homestand at Coca-Cola Field hosting the Pawtucket Red Sox.

This is Happ's second start of his Major League rehabilitation assignment after going on the Toronto Blue Jays' disabled list at the end of spring training with lower back tightness. His first rehab start was on April 5 with Single-A dunedin where he allowed two runs in five innings with five strikeouts.

He made three starts with the Bisons last year during his rehabilitation from a skull fracture and sprained knee he suffered after taking a line drive to the head in Tampa Bay on May 7.

The Bisons, who are 4-1 and in first place in the International League North, have had solid pitching to start the season. The team's earned run average is 2.25 while the bullpen has posted a 1.16 ERA in 23 1/3 innings of work this season.

Tonight's starting lineup for the Bisons:

Anthony Gose -- CF
Steve Tolleson -- 2B
Juan Francisco -- 3B
Dan Johnson -- DH
Matt Tuiasosopo -- LF
Jared Goedert -- 1B
Kevin Pillar -- RF
Mike Nickeas -- C
Munenori Kawasaki -- SS

Bisons-Red Wings postponed

Today’s Bisons-Red Wings game has been postponed because of rain.

The team will play a doubleheader on June 21 with the first of two seven-inning games beginning at 5:35 p.m. Fans holding tickets for today’s game can exchange them for a comparable ticket to any future game this season excluding special events. All ticket exchanges must be made at the Coca-Cola Field Box Office.

For more information regarding the exchange policy, please visit Bisons.com or contact the team at 716-843-4373.

Rains pushes back Bisons' start

Rodney McKissic

Rain is coming down heavily at Coca-Cola Field which puts today's Bisons-Rochester Red Wings game in jeopardy. The Herd won their season opener over the Red Wings on Thursday, 6-3, and will play two more against the Wings in Rochester this weekend. Here's the starting lineup for today’s game:

Anthony Gose, CF
Chris Getz, 2B
Kevin Pillar, RF
Dan Johnson, 1B
Matt Tuiasosopo, LF
Andy LaRoche, 3B
Ricardo Nanita, DH
Mike Nickeas, C
Munenori Kawasaki, SS
Ricky Romero, 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.

@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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