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Bisons open homestand on winning streak

by Amy Moritz

The Bisons return from their eight-game road trip to warm temperatures and sunny skies in downtown Buffalo as they host the Gwinnett Braves at 7:05 p.m. 

The Herd has won three straight and enter tonight's game tied with Pawtucket for first place in the International League North Division. Buffalo owns the best record in the league at 21-14 (.600).

Earlier transaction news sent outfielder Kevin Pillar to Toronto while shortstop Jonathan Diaz returned to the Herd. Diaz is not in the lineup but will be active for tonight's game along with infielder Chris Getz who cleared waivers.

Back in the lineup at third base tonight is Andy LaRoche who missed the last 25 games while on the disabled list with a lower back strain.

Sean Nolin (2-1, 2.34) gets the start for the Bisons. Last Thursday he took his first loss, giving up four runs to Gwinnett in 5 2/3 innings. That game snapped Nolin's 25-inning shutout streak that lasted from April 13 to May 8. Nolin's 2.34 earned run average is the 11th lowest mark in the IL.

Tonight's Bisons' lineup:

Darin Mastroianni --LF
Anthony Gose -- CF
Matt Tuiasosopo -- RF
Dan Johnson -- 1B
Andy LaRoce -- 3B
Brett Carroll -- DH
Ryan Goins -- 2B
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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