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Herd players have fun with Miracle Leaguers

It’s not as if baseball players aren’t used to being heckled. But it usually doesn’t happen at a charity event.

Then again, that’s part of how the Miracle League rolls. They like to have fun. And that they did when Buffalo Bisons Anthony Gose, Andy LaRoche and John Stilson went to the Miracle League Field on Grand Island to play a game with the kids.

“There were a couple trash-talkers out there,” Gose said. “Told me I threw like a woman. He said he didn’t know the Bisons invited their wives to come play. I’m not making that up. He really said that to us. But it was great. Everybody had a great time.”

The Miracle League is an organization in Western New York that provides children with mental and physical challenges an opportunity to play baseball on a specially designed field. The turf can accommodate wheelchairs, crutches and walkers.

It was a great experience for Gose, although the weather didn’t quite cooperate and the game only went an inning.


Ricky Romero was scheduled to start for the Herd on Saturday but late Friday night the Bisons announced that he was sick.

Claudio Vargas took Romero’s start. Romero will likely pitch on Monday, assuming he’s healthy, taking the spot of Dave Bush, who was placed on the disabled list Saturday afternoon.

Romero has strung together four quality starts for the Herd including winning his last two outings.

In his last 15 innings pitched, he’s given up just three earned runs with 11 strikeouts and three walks.

In three starts in July he is 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA.


Saturday was the third annual Turn the Park Pink promotion. The Bisons wore pink caps and various basket raffles helped to raise money for the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. … The series with Toledo concludes today (1:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM) with righty Chien-Ming Wang (5-5, 2.28 ERA) scheduled to start for Buffalo against lefty Ramon Garcia (3-8, 6.27 ERA).