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Vargas makes start as Romero sits start

by Amy Moritz
@amymoritz

Claudio Vargas will pitch wherever the Buffalo Bisons need him. And tonight, they need him to start.

Ricky Romero will miss is scheduled started due to illness and the Herd will go with Vargas who has split time as a starter and reliever. This will be his 14ths tart of the season though Vargas has come out of hte bullpen in six of his last seven appearances.

Vargas last started on July 3, allowing four runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings in an 11-1 loss against Rochester.

Romero is now slated to pitch on Monday, taking Dave Bush's spot after the righty was placed on the disabled list today.

Tonight's game against the Toledo Mud Hens in Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.) will be broadcast on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel and on the radio at WWKB 1520 and in Toronto at 590 The FAN.

Cabrera continues rehab: Melky Cabrera wnet 1 for 3 Friday night for the Bisons in his first rehab start with the Herd. He is returning from tendinitis in his left knee and has been on the Blue Jays DL since June 27. He left the game after seven innings yesterday when the game went into a 46-minute rain delay.

Tonight's Bisons' Lineup:
Kevin Pillar -- CF
Melky Cabrera -- LF
Mauro Gomez -- DH
Andy LaRoche -- 3B
Sean Ochinko -- 1B
Mike McCoy -- 2B
Ryan Goins -- SS
Anthony Gose -- RF
Mike Nickeas -- C 

Go to the video: Mike Harrington's Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame acceptance speech

Click below to watch the acceptance speech of News Sports Reporter/Baseball Columnist Mike Harrington given Friday night in Coca-Cola Field upon his induction into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame.

From Friday's Buffalo News, here are Harrington's top memories on the baseball beat. 

And click here for an article on Harrington by Andrew Kulyk of Artvoice.

Cabrera joins Herd on rehab

Melky cabrera
Melky Cabrera has been on the disabled list since June 27 with left knee tendinitis.

By Amy Moritz  @amymoritz

Outfielder Melky Cabrera and right handed pitcher Sergio Santos have joined the Buffalo Bisons on Major League injury rehab assignments.

Cabrera has been on the disabled list since June 27 with left knee tendinitis. He batted .278 with three home runs, driving in 28 runs in 78 games with the Toronto Blue Jays this season.

Santos pitched in five games with the Jays before going on the disabled list on April 15 with a right triceps strain.

Thursday afternoon, Bisons manager Marty Brown said that Cabrera was not in today's Bisons' lineup because it was a travel day for him. He said that Cabrera would be in the lineup on Friday. Santos is expected to throw an inning tonight.

Negrych's Excellent All-Star Adventure: Fresh off his appearance in last night's Triple-A All Star Game in Reno, Nevada, Jim Negrych was back in the Bisons' lineup today. Granted, it's as the designated hitter. Negrych and Mauro Gomez were starters for the International League in last night's Triple-A All-Star contest. Both went 0-for-3 at the plate.

"We would have liked to have performed better individually," Negrych said.

But the experience was incredible for the St. Francis graduate. Especially with the way the Rich family helped the Buffalo players get the most bang for their buck.

"The Riches flew us out there," Negrych said. "It was unbelievable what they did for us. That made sure everything was taken care of. And we flew back right after the game. We're lucky. Some guys weren't getting back to their teams until six o'clock tonight. They treated us so well."

Bisons back from break: The Herd kicks off the final third of the season opening up an eight-game homestand. It starts with a four-game series with the Toledo Mud Hens. Buffalo is 3 1/2 games back of Pawtucket in the IL North Division race.

Thad Weber gets the start for the Bisons and faces his former team. Weber pitched in 52 games with 51 starts for Toledo from 2010-12. He went 14-23 with a 4.75 ERA as a MudHen. This year with the Herd, he is 3-3 with a 2.37 ERA in eight starts.

Vote for Celery: Celery may have never won the mascot race at Coca-Cola Field, but Celery has a chance to win now. At least as a fan favorite. Celery is in the running for the Best Minor League Mascot. There are two rounds of voting, the first window runs until Aug. 1 with a championship round Aug. 1-8. Fans can vote online at www.milb.com/mascotmania or via Twitter by including #MascotMania along with the Bisons Twitter handle @BuffaloBisons. Fans can vote up to 25 times a day via Twitter.

Tonight's Bisons Lineup:
Mike McCoy -- 3B
Ryan Goins -- SS
Kevin Pillar -- RF
Jim Negrych -- DH
Andy LaRoche -- 1B
Sean Ochinko -- C
Eugenio Velez -- LF
Anthony Gose -- CF
Munenori Kawasaki -- 2B 

Herd tries to rebound vs. Scranton

By Rodney McKissic

The Bisons, who were swept in a doubleheader against Scranton/Wilkes Barre on Saturday, are trying to avoid a series sweep this afternoon against the RailRiders. Here is the starting lineup for today's game:

Mike McCoy, rf
Munenori Kawasaki, 2b
Kevin Pillar, lf
Jim Negrych, dh
Andy LaRoche, 3b
Ryan Goins, ss
Sean Ochinko, 1b
Anthony Gose, cf
Mike Nickeas, cf
Ricky Romero, p

While you slept: A-Rod turned down rehab in Buffalo, Giants' Lincecum tosses no-hitter

By Mike Harrington

Two big items this morning as we head into the final day prior to the All-Star break for both MLB and Triple-A:

---Remember when I wrote last Sunday that Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez were not coming to Buffalo this weekend on rehab with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders? Well, it turned out I was right -- but only barely. 

Jeter left Scranton late Wednesday, played Thursday for the Yankees but injured his quad and his now trying to stay off the DL again. A-Rod, meanwhile, apparently was told by the Yankees to be in Buffalo Saturday night but refused the assignment after citing pain in his legs. The New York Post initially reported on how A-Rod didn't show up for a Class A game Friday in Tampa after meeting with MLB investigators about Biogenesis. The Daily News said A-Rod may be working on a plea deal with MLB 

Asked about turning down the trip to Buffalo, A-Rod told reporters in Tampa, "This is news to me."

The Tampa Yankees tweeted last night that A-Rod will be in their lineup today, so don't look for him at Coca-Cola Field this afternoon. 

---The other big story came past 1 a.m., when Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum lived up to his nickname and threw a completely freaky no-hitter at Petco Park in San Diego. Lincecum struck out 13 and threw 148 pitches in the Giants' 9-0 win over the reeling Padres. 

Here's MLB.com's look at all 27 outs from the no-no.

Bisons fall to Scranton, 2-1

By Rodney McKissic

The Bisons couldn't do much against Scranton starter Chris Bootcheck, who went seven innings and allowed one run on four hits in a 2-1 Bisons defeat. Sean Ochinko's solo home run in the fifth was the lone run for the Herd.

Here's the starting lineup for the nightcap:

Kevin Pillar, rf
Mike McCoy, ss
Mauro Gomez, dh
Andy LaRoche, 3b
Jim Negrych, 2b
Eugenio Velez, lf
Sean Ochinko, c
Anthony Gose, cf
Clint Robinson, 1b
Dave Bush, p

Herd plays two vs. Scranton

By Rodney McKissic

The Bisons, winners of five straight, will start Chien-Ming Wang in Game One of tonight's doubleheader against Scranton. Game Two's starter is Dave Bush. Here is the starting lineup for Game One:

Kevin Pillar, cf
Ryan Goins, ss
Jim Negrych, 2b
Mauro Gomez, dh
Andy LaRoche, 3b
Eugenio Velez, lf
Clint Robinson, 1b
Anthony Gose, rf
Sean Ochinko, c
Chien-Ming Wang, p

Bisons back in the race

by Amy Moritz
@amymoritz

Remember when the Buffalo Bisons slid all the way to nine games back in the International League North Division race? Remember when they were four games out of the Wild Card, seemingly their only hope at their first playoff appearance since 2005?

My, how things can change in a week.

IL North leader Pawtucket has hit the skids, on a seven-game losing streak.

Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bisons have won four straight.

That puts the Herd just 4 1/2 games behind the PawSox in the IL North Division race and 1 1/2 games behind Norfolk in the wild card race.

The Bisons open a key two game series against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in Allentown, Pa. The teams play tonight (7:05 p.m.) and Friday (7:05 p.m.). The IronPigs are 1 1/2 games up on the Herd in both the IL North Division and the wild card races.

The Bisons return to Buffalo this weekend to host Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The teams will play a doubleheader at 6:05 p.m. Saturday and a single game on Sunday (1:05 p.m.) as the league then heads into the Triple-A All-Star break.

Roberts, Young and Harrington join Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame

by Amy Moritz
@amymoritz

Former players David Roberts and Ernie Young along with Buffalo News sports reporter Mike Harrington were officially named today to the Class of 2013 for the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame.

Roberts played for the Herd from 1998-2001 and is the franchise's modern-era leader in stolen bases with 97. His longest season with the Bisosn came in 2000 when he batted .292, drove in 55 runs and stole 39 bases in 120 games.

He is part of baseball lore after "the steal" for the Boston Red Sox in the 2004 American League Championship Series. The Red Sox were on the verge of elimination to the New York Yankees, trailing 4-3 in the ninth in Game 4. Kevin Millar drew a walk and Roberts went in as the pinch runner. He stole second then scored the tying run on a single by Bill Mueller. Boston went on to win that game in 12 innings, sparking an eight-game winning streak to give the Red Sox their first World Series championship since 1918.

Young played with the Herd in 2004 and 2005, part of the franchise's last championship team (2004 Governors Cup) and the last team to the make the playoffs (2005). In 2004, he batted .299, driving in 100 runs with 27 home runs. He followed that up with a 20-homer, 78-RBI season in 2005.

Harrington joins the Class of 2013. The Amherst native started at The Buffalo News in 1987, took over as the Bisons' beat reporter in 1993 and debuted the Sunday column, "Inside Baseball" in 2004. He covered the Herd's championship seasons in 1997, 1998 and 2004 and has covered every World Series since 2000.

All three will be formally inducted before the Bisons game on July 19 when the Herd hosts the Toledo Mud Hens.

Wang makes his Buffalo debut

by Amy Moritz
@amymoritz

They've fallen two games under .500 but they have one afternoon to make it up.

The Buffalo Bisons host the Syracuse Chiefs for a scheduled doubleheader at Coca-Cola Field (1:05 p.m., Radio 1520, TWC).

The Bisons had been 10 games over .500 on eight different occasions this season, but have slid out of contention in the International League North Division race, sitting nine games back of first-place Pawtucket. What's gone wrong? I took a look at the numbers in today's story in The Buffalo News.

Bisons Debut for Wang: Chien-Ming Wang is scheduled to pitch Game 2 of today's doubleheader. Wang was designated for assignment to Buffalo after going 1-1 with a 7.13 ERA in five starts with the Toronto  Blue Jays, who signed him on June 9. He won 19 games in 2006 and 2007 for the New York Yankees. The press box has been an interesting place the last three Bisons home games, ever since Wang was designated for assignment, as Taiwanese media have joined the local media corps to cover Wang. 

Extra! Extra! No Jeter in the B-Lo: Derek Jeter is on his Major League rehabilitation assignment with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. And Alex Rodriguez has been transferred to Class A Tampa as he recovers from hip surgery. Scranton is headed to Buffalo next weekend. So could we see Jeter or A-Rod in Buffalo? Mike Harrington says probably not in today's Inside Baseball column.

"I should point out the Yankees rarely send rehab players on the road," Harrington writes. "They like to have control over issues like field conditions, clubhouses, security (because autograph hounds are an issue) and arrangements for press conferences. They don’t have that if a game is not being played in a home of one of their affiliates."

Bush Gets Start: Dave Bush will start Game 1 for the Herd. He leads the Bisons with seven wins and has a 4.12 ERA. In his last start, a no-decision at Charlotte on Tuesday, he strike out nine batters.

Pillar Continues to Impress: Outfielder Kevin Pillar continues to turn heads and Toronto general manager Alex Anthopolous has been in town specifically to watch him. He has 14 hits in his first 16 games at Triple-A and and has reached base safely in every contest.

Today's Game 1 Lineup:
Mike McCoy -- 3B
Ryan Goins -- SS
Kevin Pillar -- CF
Mauro Gomez -- 1B
Jim Negrych -- 2B
Andy LaRoche -- DH
Eugenio Velez -- LF
Anthony Gose -- RF
Mike Nickeas -- C 

Bisons rally falls short

by Amy Moritz
@amymoritz

There's something to be said for battling and working hard until the final out. There's something good in finally finding your offense. Even if it doesn't come until the ninth inning.

So that's the bright spot for the manager Marty Brown while the Buffalo Bisons fell to the Syracuse Chiefs, 4-3 at Coca-Cola Field.

The Herd scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth. A one-out single from Jim Negrych was followed up with a home run shot to left to cut the deficit in half. A walk and two singles ended up scoring Eugenio Velez, but the Herd's rally ended on a Ryan Goins strikeout.

"We've got to get everybody clicking but I like to see the fire that we had in the last inning," Brown said. "It was nice."

"I think everybody's going out and giving the best effort that they know how. You've got to give their starter some credit because he did mix in cutters and located to both sides of the plate and we really struggled to make any kind of adjustment to him. But it's nice to see us ... have a run to give us a chance to win the game."

Syracuse starter Ryan Tatusko (2-3) picked up the win pitching seven shutout innings with two walks and five strikeouts.

The big picture has the Bisons falling two games below .500 for the first time the season. The team was 10 games over .500 at eight different points earlier this season. And the problem has been the offense, which entered Saturday's game hitting .161 and have scored 11 runs in six games.

"The guys know we're in a bit of lull right now, but it's about bringing your A game from the first inning on," Brown said. "That A game may not be what it normally is because everyone's run down a little bit but that's baseball. That's why you play every day. One day a week in football, you get a chance to regroup. You don't get a chance to regroup here. That's why it's such an interesting game."

For more on the Bisons fall from first place, look for my story in Sunday's edition of The Buffalo News.

The Bisons and Syracuse will play a scheduled double-header Sunday at Coca-Cola Field, beginning at 1 p.m.

 

 

Happy Independence Eve

Bisons Coca Cola Field

by Amy Moritz
@amymoritz

Tonight marks the 19th annual KeyBank Independence Eve Celebration at Coca-Cola Field as the Bisons host Rochester for a 6:05 start (1520, TWC). The Herd is just 6-12 in this game since 1995 with a win last year, 5-4 over Durham, snapping a five-game losing streak on one of the biggest nights in the ballpark.

Vargas gets the start: Claudio Vargas will move from the bullpen to make his 13th start of the season. He takes the spot in the rotation for Todd Redmond who was recalled to the Toronto Blue Jays. Vargas has worekd the last five games out of the bullpen with a 4.15 ERA. Overall he is 5-5 with a 5.54 ERA.

Negrych and Gomez All Stars: In case you missed it earlier, Jim Negrych and Mauro Gomez were elected as starters for the International League team for the Triple-A All-Star Game. The 2013 game will be July 17 in Reno, Nevada. Negrych, the 28-year-old Buffalo native and St. Francis alum, ranks third in the IL in batting average (.327) while Gomez leads the league in home runs (24).

Tonight's Bisons' Lineup:
Kevin Pillar -- RF
Ryan Goins -- SS
Mauro Gomez -- 1B
Eugenio Velez -- LF
Jim Negrych -- 3B
Ramon Hernandez -- DH
Mike McCoy -- 2B
Anthony Gose -- CF
Mike Nickeas -- C 

Gose returns to the lineup

By Rodney McKissic

Anthony Gose will start in left field and will bat ninth for tonight's game against Durham.

Gose was benched for two games for poor fielding then failing to throw the ball to the cut off man in time in the Bisons' loss to Gwinnett on Wednesday. Gose's lapse in concentrate cost the Herd two runs in the ninth inning.

Bisons manager Marty Brown said Gose's place in the battling order in the future will be determined by his performance. Gose generally hits first or second.

Brown said he spoke with Gose at length about his approach to the game on Friday.

"There's no guarantees in this game," Brown said prior to Saturday's game. "It's difficult in this day and age with the sense of entitlement, lack of accountability, it's a different game. ... It boils down to when a player has heart and goes out and plays the game the right way, then everything irons itself out."

Gose is hitting .228, with a pair of homers and 15 RBIs in 53 games for the Bisons.

Here is the starting lineup for tonight's game:

Jose Reyes, ss
Kevin Pillar, cf
Mauro Gomez, 1b
Luis Jimenez, dh
Moises Sierra, rf
Jim Negrych, 3b
Ryan Goins, 2b
Mike Nickeas, c
Anthony Gose, lf
Chad Jenkins, p

Jose Reyes Arrives in Buffalo

Reyes photo

by Amy Moritz
@amymoritz

"Hello my people! I'm on my way to Buffalo"

That's how Jose Reyes began his video on Instagram as he rode from Toronto to Buffalo for his three-game Major League rehabilitation stint with the Bisons.

Reyes will start at shortstop and leadoff the batting order for the Herd when they host the Durham Bulls tonight at Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m., TWCS, Radio 1520). He said he will play nine innings tonight, with that being the plan for the next two games as well although he may make one start as a designated hitter.

Reyes, the four-time All Star and 2011 National League batting champion, injured his ankle on April 12 in Toronto while sliding into second base. His rehab has been ahead of schedule and he comes to Buffalo after playing three games with Single-A Dunedin where he hit .417 (5-12) and more importantly became comfortable again running the bases.

"I'm glad that I'm here, so close to go to the big leagues again. I'm so happy," Reyes said this afternoon as he met the media in the Bisons dugout.

"I was able to steal a base. I was able to score from first on a double," Reyes said of his time with Dunedin. "That kind of indicated that I’m good, so I don’t know that I’m 100 percent because it’s going to come with time, but I’m very close."

While this is the first time Reyes will be in a Bisons uniform, it's not his first trip to Coca-Cola Field. He played three games here in 2003, June 4-6, as a 19-year-old with the New York Mets organization.

"I don’t remember too much but I remember a little," Reyes laughed. "It was a good memory."

Good memories and a warm reception, too, from his Bisons' teammates.

"I know most of the guys here," he said. "We were together in spring training. A lot of Latin players that I know too from the Dominican. I feel like I’m home. I hope I can get through the games and go to the big leagues as soon as possible."

Here is the full audio of Reyes' session with the media

Jose Reyes

Pillar Debuts: The first day in Triple A is a big career step in the life of a professional baseball player. For Kevin Pillar, his debut comes batting second after All-Star Jose Reyes. Pillar was promoted to Buffalo from Double-A New Hampshire and the outfielder will start in center. In his third year of pro ball, Pillar hit .313 with 20 doubles and 30 runs batted in in 71 games with the Fisher Cats. To make room on the roster, outfielder Ryan Langerhans was released.

Webber gets the start: Thad Webber makes his third start for the Herd and is coming off a stellar outing in Pawtucket. On June 15, he did not allow a hit in the seven innings he pitched, allowing just one walk with eight strikeouts. A homerun by Alex Hassan in the eighth broke up the team's no-hit bid.

No Gose: For the record, Anthony Gose is sitting his second straight game. Gose botched a play in center field on Wednesday night, an error which cost the Herd, and pitcher Ricky Romero, a win. Manager Marty Brown has voiced his displeasure at Gose's mental approach to the game. 

Tonight's Bisons' Lineup:
Jose Reyes -- SS
Kevin Pillar -- CF
Mauro Gomez -- DH
Luis Jimenez -- 1B
Moises Sierra -- RF
Jim Negrych -- 3B
Eugenio Velz -- LF
Ryan Goins -- 2B
Sean Ochinko -- C 

Gose takes a seat for the Herd

by Amy Moritz
@amymoritz

Shocking to, well no one, Anthony Gose is not in this afternoon's Buffalo Bisons' lineup. The centerfielder had a plain bad defensive play in the ninth inning last night which allowed Gwinnett to score two runs, take a 5-4 lead, and ruin a perfectly fine outing for Ricky Romero who was in line to pick up his first win in 12 appearances, dating back to last season.

(Mike Harrington offers his take on last night's game along video of the dubious play.)

Before the game, manager Marty Brown was terse when discussing Gose.

Is Gose not in the lineup on purpose after last night?

“What do you think? Yeah, he needs a day to think," Brown said.

Last night when asked about Gose's play since returning to the Bisons after a stint with the Toronto Blue Jays, Brown said, "We have to get his head removed from a place it shouldn’t be."

Moises Sierra will start at centerfield for this afternoon's game (1:05 p.m., TWCS, Radio 1520).

Germano gets the start: Justin Germano (4-5, 6.22) takes the mound for the Herd. He als allowed tow earned runs or less in three straight starts with his earned run average 3.18 during June. In his last outing, a no-decision on Friday in Pawtucket, Germano allowed just two runs in five innings.

Quality starts: The Bisons starting pitching has been putting up some nice numbers lately. In the last even games, the rotation has five quality starts and a 2.23 ERA. The group has allowed just 26 hits and 12 walks over 40 1/3 innings while striking out 31.

LaRoche to the DL: Andy LaRoche moved to the disabled list, retroactive to June 19. LaRoche felt some tightness in his arm after a throw in Tuesday's game. The Herd activated infielder Eugenio Velez off the temporary inactive list to fill the spot.

Today's Bisons' Lineup:
Mike McCoy -- 2B
Jim Negrych -- 3B
Mauro Gomez -- 1B
Luis Jimenez -- DH
Moises Sierra -- CF
Ricardo Nanita -- LF
Sean Ochinko -- C
Ryan Goins -- SS
Ryan Langerhans -- RF 

Romero back to the mound

by Amy Moritz
@amymoritz

Ricky Romero will look build momentum tonight as he makes his eighth start for the Buffalo Bisons in tonight's game against Gwinnett at Coca-Cola Field.

Romero had his first quality start of the season on June 14 in Pawtucket, pitching six innings of shutout ball while giving up two hits, two walks with three strikeouts. He took a no-decision as the Herd dropped a 1-0 game to the PawSox.

LaRoche gets a rest: Andy LaRoche made his first start of the season at second base Tuesday night, but that lasted only an inning and a half. LaRoche experienced some tightness in his arm after making a throw in the top of the second inning. He is being evaluated and manager Marty Brown said he is day to day.

Reyes shuffling to Buffalo: Four-time All-Star Jose Reyes will be bringing his rehabilitation show to Buffalo on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Reyes has been out of the Toronto Blue Jays lineup after injurying his ankle while sliding into second base on April 12. Check out Mike Harrington's post for more details on the Reyes rehab.

Tonight's Bison Lineup:
Mike McCoy -- 2B
Anthony Gose -- CF
Mauro Gomez -- DH
Moises Sierra -- RF
Jim Negrych -- 3B
Ricardo Nanita -- LF
Sean Ochinko -- 1B
Ryan Goins -- SS
MIke Nickeas -- C

Designated hitters hot for Bisons

by Amy Moritz
@amymoritz

Offense continues to be the source of strength for the Buffalo Bisons and the designated hitters have been helping the Herd's cause. Nine different players have been in the DH spot for the Herd this season and collectively they are batting .310 with 17 home runs and 46 runs batted in.

Luis Jimenez and Mauro Gomez have made 51 of the 69 starts at DH. Jimenez gets the call in the spot tonight when the Herd hosts Gwinnett (7:05 p.m., TWCS, Radio 1520). Jimenez is hitting .348 with five home runs and 19 RBI when he is the DH.

Overall in the International League, the Herd ranks second in team batting (.276) behind Durham (.286) but is dead last in pitching (5.03 ERA).

Bush gets the start: Dave Bush will make his 12th start for the Herd. He leads the team in wins (seven) and ERA (4.23). In his last start, June 9 against Scranton/Wilkes Barre in Moosic, Pa., he pitched six scoreless innings giving up just two hits with five strikeouts to pick up the win.

Gomez hits for power: Mauro Gomez leads the International League with 18 home runs. But the interesting note -- only three of those have come at home.

Tonight's Bison lineup:

Anthony Gose -- CF
Jim Negrych -- 3B
Mauro Gomez -- 1B 
Luis Jimenez -- DH
Moises Sierra -- RF
Ricardo Nanita -- LF
Andy LaRoche -- 2B
Ryan Goins -- SS
Sean Ochinko -- C 

Bisons begin four-game set with Braves

By Rodney McKissic

The Buffalo Bisons, coming off a 3-5 road trip through Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Pawtucket, tonight take on the Gwinnett Braves in the first of a four-game series. Todd Redmond (1-1, 10.24) starts his third game for the Herd against Omar Poveda (5-3, 3.01).

Here is the starting lineup for tonight's game:

Anthony Gose, cf
Jim Negrych, 2b
Mauro Gomez, dh
Luis Jimenez, 1b
Moises Sierra, rf
Ryan Langerhans, lf
Andy LaRoche, 3b
Ryan Goins, ss
Mike Nicheas, c
Todd Redmond, p

Bisons rained out

by Amy Moritz
@amymoritz 

The Buffalo Bisons can't escape the rain on their road trip. The series opener for the Herd in Pawtucket today was postponed due to rain. The teams will play a doubleheader on Friday starting at 5:35 p.m. Both games will be scheduled for seven innings.

Ricky Romero will get his seventh start for the Herd in the opener. He is still looking for his first win as a Bison. He is 0-1 with five no-decisions.

Meanwhile, Andy LaRoche cleared waivers and was outrighted to the Bisons. In one game with the Toronto Blue Jays, the third baseman went 0 for 4 with a strikeout while starting at third base. With the Bisons, he hit .282, driving in 32 runs. 

Bisons are takers of the road

By Mike Harrington

MOOSIC, Pa. -- Sunday's 4-1 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders continued the Bisons' odd trend of dominance on the road as compared to scuffling at home.

The win gave the Bisons a 20-12 record on the road, tied with Pawutcket for the best mark in the International League (click here for the full IL standings). Buffalo is just 14-16 in Coca-Cola Field, one of four North Division teams better out of their home park.

"No idea why," said infielder Jim Negrych. "I wish I did know. It seems like offensively we swing the bats good at home. It will come there. If we get the pitching like we have the last couple weeks, we're a tough team to face anywhere."

The Bisons are simply scoring more on the road and batting with more power, with 46 of their 72 home runs. That's especially true for IL home run leader Mauro Gomez, who is batting just .217 in Coca-Cola Field with three homers and nine RBIs -- but is at .295-13-28 on the road.

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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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