The Bisons' latest update is that there are fewer than 4,000 tickets remaining for the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 11 and less than 5,000 left for the Triple-A Home Run Derby on July 9. The team has made several significant announcements about the Derby today:
---The Derby will be broadcast on Time Warner Cable SportsNet at 7:30 p.m. and in several markets nationally, including virtually all of Upstate and Central New York. Bisons voices Ben Wagner and Duke McGuire will have the call (The game itself remains an MLB Network broadcast).
---Buffalo Sabres winger Patrick Kaleta and former Bills general manager Bill Polian have been added to the lineup for the Celebrity Home Run Derby, which will also be held on July 9. The lineup for the Triple-A players from the International League and Pacific Coast League will be announced Tuesday; Buffalo's Valentino Pascucci is expected to be on the IL squad.
---The All-Stars will have 32 different targets or banners to shoot for, with each one representing a prize to be won by one fan, a section of fans or even every fan in attendance.
Six-foot circular targets will be placed throughout the outfield, with the bulk of the signs being hung on the 40-foot screen beyond left field. Existing ballpark signage will also represent prizes. The grand prize is a two-year lease to a 2012 Lincoln MKZ, supplied by Towne Ford Automotive, which will be awarded if the Towne Ford sign in center field is hit.
---Because of Coca-Cola Field's lack of seating areas in home run country behind left and center field, a lucky seat winner will be announced after every home run to win an official 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game baseball.
Fans can purchase tickets to both events (Derby $15, All-Star Game $25) on Bisons.com or by calling (716) 843-4373. There is also a limited number of Buffalo News All-Star Four-Packs remaining. The package includes four tickets (Sections 123, 125, 126, 128), four hot dogs, four Coca-Colas and 15 percent off at Bisons gift shops at the All-Star Game for $99.