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No changes in IL affiliations; Columbus a win from title

There will not be any affiliation changes in the International League next season, meaning the Toronto Blue Jays are stuck in the Pacific Coast League and may, in fact, have no choice but to return to Las Vegas. Charlotte (White Sox), Durham (Tampa Bay), Scranton (Yankees) and Norfolk (Baltimore) have all signed through 2014. The only unsigned team is Pawtucket but that's a formality as the PawSox will certainly renew with Boston and extend an affilation that dates to the 1970s.

In the PCL, Texas ended its 28-year affiliation with Oklahoma City today and announced it was moving to Round Rock, the suburban Austin team owned by Nolan Ryan. So that leaves Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, Portland (Padres) and Sacramento (Athletics) as the only cities without new agreements. Not much choice for the folks in Toronto. Maybe if they had taken better care of Syracuse in the J.P. Ricciardi days, they wouldn't be stuck in this situation now.

Here's a look at the current affiliation chart, courtesy of Baseball America.

On the field, meanwhile, Columbus took a 2-0 lead in the Governors' Cup finals with Thursday's 4-0 win over Durham.  The Clippers can take their first title since 1996 if they win tonight in Durham.

The winner advances to Tuesday's Triple-A National Championship game in Oklahoma City against the PCL champion. Tacoma leads Memphis in that series, 2-0, with Game Three tonight. All games are being played in Memphis because of renovations that are ongoing in Tacoma's ballpark and had to be started immediately following the regular season so they would be ready next April.

---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, 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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