The Boston Red Sox have officially announced what I reported in late January -- the Bisons will be meeting the Pawtucket Red Sox in Fenway Park on Saturday, Aug. 18 as part of the parent club's seventh annual "Futures at Fenway" double-header.
The afternoon begins at 1 p.m. with Boston's Class A Lowell affiliate meeting Hudson Valley (Tampa Bay) in a New York-Penn League affair. The Bisons and Pawsox follow, starting roughly in the 4 p.m. range. Buffalo and Pawtucket will then continue their series the next day as usual in Pawtucket's McCoy Stadium.
Tickets start at just $5 and only go up to $30 for the twinbill. They go on sale March 17 at 10 a.m. It's a big year at Fenway, as the park is celebrating its 100th anniversary. New Bisons manager Wally Backman, who played there for the Mets in the 1986 World Series, managed Double-A Binghamton in the Futures twinbill last year against Portland in an Eastern League game.
The Bisons last played a game in a major-league stadium in 1995, when they lost to Louisville in a game played at old Busch Stadium in St. Louis, then the Redbirds' parent club.