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It's Columbus and Tacoma for the Triple-A title

The matchup is set for Tuesday night's Triple-A National Championship, and here might be a tough one for Bisons fans to take: The Cleveland Indians have another Triple-A title.

The Columbus Clippers wrapped up the International League Governors' Cup with a 13-2 destruction of defending champion Durham on Friday, clinching the title in the Bulls' home park as Double-A callup Jason Kipnis hit for the cycle. It's Columbus' first title since 1996, when it was still the Yankees' top farm, and the fourth for the Tribe in the last 14 years. You may recall the Baby Chief Wahoos won in Buffalo in 1997, 1998 and 2004.

In the PCL, Tacoma completed a three-game sweep of defending champion Memphis with Friday's 10-6, 11-inning win.  The Rainiers had to play the entire series on the road because of renovations to their home park and still swept the Redbirds. Tacoma played its first-round home games at Safeco Field, home of the parent Mariners, but it wasn't available for this series.

Tuesday's title game in Oklahoma City will be televised on Versus live at 8 p.m. Durham won last year's title in 11 innings over Memphis.

---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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