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Bisons' slim hopes still alive

By Mike Harrington

A little lost in the hoopla of the Bisons-Blue Jays PDC extension is the fact that Thursday's come-from-behind win over Rochester kept the Bisons' flickering playoff hopes alive.

The Herd pulled within 3 1/2 games of IL wild-card leader Norfolk, a 2-0 loser at Charlotte. But with only four games left, the Bisons basically have no room for error. They play the next two nights at Rochester, which is a half-game behind Norfolk, and the final two in Syracuse.

Two more wins would clinch a winning season for the Bisons, which would be one decent thing in the first season with Toronto. The best Buffalo can do is 75-69, so it will need plenty of help.

Small chances. It's pretty much wait till next year. Or more specificially, 214 days from now. To the home opener against Rochester on April 3, 2014.

Here's a look at Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos and Bisons GM Mike Buczkowski signing the new deal.


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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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