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Reno tops list of minor-league champions

We've spent most of the last three days on ye olde blog talking about the Bisons-Blue Jays connection (press conference coming here Friday), but the action on the field for the minor-league season didn't actually end until nearly 11 p.m. Tuesday night as Reno wrapped up its victory in the Triple-A National Championship Game.

The Aces, top affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, scored eight runs in the first three innings en route to a 10-3 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox.  Reno ended the three-game winning streak of the IL in the game; the Aces batted as the home team even though the game was in an IL park (Durham Bulls Athletic Park) because of the PCL's win in the All-Star Game July 11 in Buffalo.

So with Reno topping the list, here's the 2012 rundown of minor-league champions. Click each team name linked for the story on their championship clincher:

Triple-A National Champion: Reno (Arizona)
Pacific Coast League: Reno
International League: Pawtucket (Red Sox)
Eastern League: Akron (Indians)
Southern League: Mobile (Diamondbacks)
Texas League: Springfield (Cardinals)
California League: Lancaster (Astros)
Carolina League: Lynchburg (Braves)
Florida State League: Lakeland (Tigers)
Midwest League: Wisconsin (Mariners)
South Atlantic League: Asheville (Rockies) 
New-York Penn: Hudson Valley (Rays) 
Northwest League: Vancouver (Blue Jays)
Appalachian League: Elizabethtown (Twins)

---Mike Harrington
Twitter: @BNHarrington 


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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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