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IL Items for the Labor Day season finales

Happy Labor Day and while you might be celebrating the unofficial end of summer, the International League is marking the official end of its season. Today is the final day of play in the regular season and here are some of the storylines:

---The Bisons finish their campaign with a 1 p.m. game at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. After splitting Sunday night's doubleheader (with the second game cut short by rain), the Bisons are 61-81. They have thus lost 80 games in a season for the second time in three years with the New York Mets -- but just the third time in its 27 years of modern-era Triple-A ball. Not a good reflection for the Amazins.

---As for Scranton, today will be its final game in PNC Field. The ballpark will be bulldozed and completely rebuilt in time for 2013. Yes, 2013. That means the Yankees are going to spend 2012 barnstorming. A decision on that will be announced by Sept. 20. (An aside: The forecast is not good at all for today. Sunday night, in fact, might have been the end of the season for the Herd and Baby Yankees. (1:30 p.m. update: The game began on time under cloudy skies).

---Pawtucket (North), Durham (South) and Columbus (West) have clinched division titles. Lehigh Valley and Gwinnett enter the final day still battling for the wild-card. Lehigh Valley wiped out a 4-1 deficit Sunday night to post a 7-4 win at Syracuse and can take the first playoff spot in its four-year history with a win today at Syracuse. If the IronPigs lose and Gwinnett beats Charlotte, the teams will stage a one-game playoff Tuesday in Allentown, Pa.

---Rochester's 4-3 loss at Pawtucket was its 90th of the season -- the most in the minors -- and gave the Wings back-to-back 90-loss campaigns for the first time since 1903-04.

---Indianapolis won at Louisville, 5-3, to improve to 76-67 and will just miss the playoffs after an horrendous start to the season that saw the Indians open 1-8 and finish April 7-17. Indy had winning records in every other month; the Tribe just ran out of time.

---The playoffs are scheduled to start Wednesday but the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee could have a huge impact on that calendar. Starting with the potential playoff Tuesday night at Lehigh Valley.

---Mike Harrington


Bisons/Mets | International League | Minor leagues
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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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