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A look back at a good April for Bisons as May opens with (naturally) roster moves

By Mike Harrington

After Wednesday's International League off day, the Bisons started May with some player moves today as the Toronto Blue Jays called up outfielder Anthony Gose and infielder Steve Tolleson from the Herd. The Jays then returned infielder Jonathan Diaz to Buffalo and designated Moises Sierra for assignment, with hopes the outfielder could clear waivers and return to the Herd.

The Blue Jays appear to have given up on Sierra for now after he batted just .059 in limited duty. Tolleson, batting .236 for the Bisons,  provides added depth for interleague play coming up in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. 

The Bisons open a four-game series against Charlotte  tonight at 7 in Coca-Cola Field. They are 13-10 and one game out of first place in the International League North. 

Here's where the Bisons stand out of the 14 IL teams through the first month:

BATTING
Average: .246 (8th)
Runs:  108 (6th)
Runs/game: 4.7 (5th)
Home runs: 11 (12th)
Steals: 24 (3rd)
Steal percentage: .774 (24-31-4th)
OBP: .337 (6th)
Slugging: .354 (9th)
Strikeouts: 164 (12th)
Walks: 103 (3rd)
OPS: .691 (8th)

PITCHING
ERA: 3.06 (1st)
Strikeouts: 190 (10th)
Walks: 91 (8th)
Hits: 187 (12th)
Home Runs: 14 (9th)
Saves: 8 (3rd)

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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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