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Strasburg game going national on Versus

More big national pub for the Bisons for tomorrow's visit from Stephen Strasburg: The team just announced that the 1 p.m. game against Syracuse will be nationally televised on Versus as well as the previously scheduled airing on SNY. I would imagine there will be several plugs for it on tonight's broadcast of the Stanley Cup finals. Versus will also replay the game at 7 p.m. It's the first time Versus has ever aired baseball and, of course, minor-league games rarely if ever get this kind of hype.

The Versus/SNY feeds will all originate from Time Warner SportsNet with Ben Wagner and Duke McGuire calling the action. Huge national air time for the two of them as well. As always, you can also watch on the Internet package at The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, home of the Washington Nationals, will be showing the game in the Capitol area on tape delay at 7 p.m.

Now here's the caveat for those of you reading in Buffalo: I would expect the SNY and Versus broadcasts to be blacked out if you don't have Time Warner. If you have Verizon FIOS (like me), DirecTV or the Dish Network, I would imagine you're gonna be out of luck trying to watch live or DVR. Boo to Time Warner. I understand why. Doesn't mean I have to like it.

It's all about what's in the contracts but you would imagine the Bisons would not want people in Buffalo kept away from their product on a day like this. It's one of five SNY games of the schedule and Time Warner is one of the co-owners of SNY so that's the big reason for all the mine-mine-mine. Again, boo to Time Warner.

---Mike Harrington


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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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