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Backman ejected in Bisons win

The Buffalo Bisons really should try to bottle some offense one of these days. After getting shutout on Thursday the Herd pounded Syracuse for 19 hits in a 13-7 win at Coca-Cola Field.

But the fireworks weren't just for the offense or the traditional fridaynightbash! No, in the middle of the fourth inning both managers -- Buffalo's Wally Backman and Syracuse's Tony Beasley were ejected after a heated confrontation in front of the Chief's dugout.

After the game, Backman had this to say about the altercation:

“The one thing that I would say is don’t insult my intelligence in the game. I watched it happen in the series before where players were giving location to hitters. And don’t insult my intelligence. I’ve played the game way too long. I know everything about the game. That’s what they’ve been doing. That’s what they’ve done. We put a stop to it the last time we played and I had to say something tonight. It was just. The game of baseball has some integrity to it. Especially in the United States. It might not be that way in other places at times. But here we have some integrity in the game and I expect the game to be played fair and the right way.

"I watched the catcher do it twice. I watched other guys do it. There’s a couple of guys that don’t do it. I don’t play that game. There’s integrity to the game. When those things happen, I’ve got a problem with it. I won’t let somebody play me into being stupid. I know the game very well. I know all the things you can do in the game to show location, to show signs and all those types of things. And if you get caught, you stop. If you don’t stop then we have a problem. That’s where we had a problem tonight."

--- Amy Moritz


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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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