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Sure sign of spring: Herd announces Grapefruit schedule

The Buffalo Bisons announced their spring training schedule Friday, a 12-game run against the Triple-A affiliates of the Miami Marlins (New Orleans Zephyrs) and the St. Louis Cardinals (Memphis Redbirds). They will be played March 17-April 1, with the six home games at the Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla. and the other six at the combined St. Louis/Miami complex in Jupiter. Both are on Florida's East Coast. All games start at 1 p.m.

The Mets open spring training when pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 20. The full squad arrives Feb.  25. Players only on minor-league contracts hit town in early March. The Bisons open their season April 5 at Pawtucket and the 25th anniversary of Coca-Cola Field begins with the home opener April 11 against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at 2:05.

The full spring training schedule:

March 17 Memphis
March 18 at New Orleans
March 20 New Orleans
March 21 at Memphis
March 22 at New Orleans
March 24 Memphis
March 25 New Orleans
March 26 at Memphis
March 28 New Orleans
March 30 at Memphis
March 31 at New Orleans
April 1 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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