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Bisons drop doubleheader

By Amy Moritz

The game was only scheduled for seven innings as the first half of a doubleheader at Coca-Cola Field Thursday afternoon.

Still it took nine innings to decide the game as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders took a 2-1 decision over the Buffalo Bisons.

In Game 2 of the doubleheader, Scranton jumped all over strater Kyle Drabek and went on for a 7-2 win to sweep the twinbill.

In the first game the Bisons tied the game in the bottom of the seventh when Kevin Nolan legged out a doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Chris Getz.

Getz stole second with two outs but an iffy third-strike appeal on Steve Tolleson ended the inning and sent the scheduled seven-inning game into extra frames.

 The Bisons threatened in the bottom of the eighth with two walks and no outs, but shallow fly balls to the outfield and a strikeout by Ricardo Nanita left the runners stranded. 

Austin Bibens-Dirkx, freshly promoted from Double-A New Hampshire, gave up a leadoff walk in the ninth to Ronnier Mustelier. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a two-out single to center by Carmen Angelini.

The Bisons had a runner in scoring position when Getz drew a two-out walk and stole second. Tolleson drew a walk bringing Brett Caroll to the plate, who entered the game as a pinch runner in the eighth. Carroll struck out  to end the game.

Ricky Romero pitched a solid outing getting his second start of the season. He gave up one run on two hits through six innigns of work. He had just two strikeouts and it was the four walks which hurt the lefty.

In the third, Romero gave up two walks, including to the leadoff batter Antoan Richardson. Richardson moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and stole third. A walk to Ramond Flores put runners on the corners with out out. With the infield playing shallow, Jose Pirela’s ground ball found space to score the game’s first run.

The Bisons didn’t get their first hit of the game until the fifth inning when Kevin Nolan led off with his first Triple-A single. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mike Nickeas but good defensive plays by Scranton in the field kept the Herd off the board.

Bisons' statement on Ralph Wilson

By Mike Harrington

The Buffalo Bisons have issued the following statement on the death of Ralph Wilson:

"The Buffalo Bisons organization and family extends our deepest heartfelt sympathies to everyone within the Buffalo Bills family over the passing of team owner and Western New York sports icon Ralph Wilson. Mr. Wilson has meant so much to our sporting community and his leadership and dedication to the greatest sports fans in the country is something that will surely be missed. A great advocate of Buffalo sports, we are deeply saddened to hear of his passing."

Bisons to unveil new message boards, sound system on Opening Day at Coca-Cola Field

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Depiction of new Coca-Cola Field message board, featuring game score, batter information, out of town scores and time clock. (Bisons.com)



By Mike Harrington

The Buffalo Bisons announced roughly $500,000 in improvements to Coca-Cola Field today, with a new sound system to replace the dated version that has been in house since the ballpark's 1988 opening and the installation of new LED message boards on the facing of the club level down both baselines.

Both features will be ready for Opening Day, April 3 against the Rochester Red Wings.

The 120-speaker Distributed Sound System was approved and funded by the city's Capital Program to replace the centralized sound system that had been in place. It has a price tag of over $300,000 and will send music and public address sound throughout the park much more evenly than in the past. Speakers used to be only located in the center field scoreboard and weather, especially wind, impacted the sound quality. The new system has just three speakers in the scoreboard and the other 117 around the park.

The Bisons are footing the roughly $225,000 bill for the LED boards, which will be 50 feet long and 2 1/2 feet high. They will also take care of a major pet peeve I've always had: The score not being on display between innings because it comes off the center field board. The boards will feature real-time game statistics and out of town scores. 

"Providing the absolute best ballpark experience has always been our number one goal and these two additions are great compliments to the action on the field," Jonathan A. Dandes, President of Rich Baseball Operations, said in a statement issued by the team. "The sound system will allow us to reach every fan in the ballpark with crisp and clear music and public address announcements, while the new message boards will be loaded with timely statistical and player information to enhance the baseball experience."

Bisons blanked by IronPigs

by Amy Moritz
@amymoritz

For the third time in the last six games, the Buffalo Bisons found themselves with a big old goose egg in their run column.

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs came away with a 7-0 win over the Herd in front of 12,208 at Coca-Cola Field Sunday afternoon.

The Bisons went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.

Steve Susdorf went 3 for 5 with three RBI, including a two-run homerun in the seventh which blew the game open for the IronPigs.

Kyle Drabek (1-2) gave up three runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings.

With Rochester losing to Indianapolis, 8-4 in 10 innings, the Herd remains 2 1/2 games behind the Red Wings in the IL Wild Card race.

The Bisons-IronPigs series moves to Allentown, Pa., where the teams will play a doubleheader on Monday and single game on Tuesday.

Bisons seek back-to-back wins

By Rodney McKissic

The Bisons, 3.5 games behind Rochester in the International League wild card, takes on Lehigh Valley tonight. After losing four in a row, the Bisons won on Friday night against the IronPigs, 6-2. Here is the lineup for tonight's game:

Mike McCoy, ss
A.J. Jimenez, c
Mauro Gomez, 3b
Clint Robinson, 1b
Brad Glenn, rf
Andy LaRoche, 2b
Ricardo Nanita, dh
Ryan Langerhans, cf
Blake Gailen, lf
Sean Nolin, p

Bisons try to make up ground

By Rodney McKissic

The Bisons have some catching up to do in both the wild card and IL North division races after Monday's loss to Pawtucket.

The Herd is tied with Lehigh Valley, 2.5 games behind the Red Sox for the IL's wild-card spot, while Norfolk sits a half game out of the wild-card lead. The Bisons and IronPigs are also tied 4.5 games behind Rochester in the IL North.

Here is the starting lineup for tonight's game against the PawSox:

Mike McCoy, 3b
Anthony Gose, cf
Kevin Pillar, rf
Clint Robinson, 1b
Ricardo Nanita, lf
Luis Jimenez, dh
Ryan Goins, 2b
Mike Nicheas, c
Munenori Kawaski, ss
Ricky Romero, p

Gomez placed on DL

By Rodney McKissic

The Buffalo Bisons, in the hunt for a playoff berth with 28 games remaining, suffered a huge blow today when they placed All-Star Mauro Gomez on the disabled list retroactive to Sunday.

To replace Gomez, the Herd activated pitcher Todd Redmond, who was optioned from the parent Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

Gomez left the Bisons' 5-3 win over Pawtucket on Saturday in the eighth inning with a strained left oblique and told The News' Mike Harrington that he expects to be out at least two weeks.

Gomez leads the International League with 28 home runs, a total that is also tied for the third most in the minors. Gomez leads the Bisons with 67 RBIs (fifth in the IL) and 46 extra-base hits (fourth). In a team-high 97 games, Gomez has averaged .243 with 17 doubles, a triple and 55 runs scored.

Redmond has pitched in six games for the Bisons this season and has a 3-1 record with a 5.06 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 26.2 innings.

Here is the starting lineup for tonight's game against Pawtucket:

Anthony Gose, cf
Kevin Pillar, lf
Ricardo Nanita, dh
Andy LaRoche, 3b
Jim Negrych, 2b
Ryan Goins, ss
Clint Robinson, 1b
Sean Ochinko, c
Mike McCoy, rf
Chien-Ming Wang, p

Dice-K takes the mound against the Herd

by Amy Moritz
@amymoritz

Former Boston Red Sox ace Daisuke Matsuzaka will take the mound for the Columbus Clippers when they face the Buffalo Bisons at Coca-Cola Field tonight (7:05 p.m., TWCSC, Radio 1520).

Matsuzaka, who won 15 games with Boston in 2007 and 18 in 2008, signed with Cleveland as a minor league free agent in February. He released from that contract in March and signed to a new deal. He spent all of spring training in Major League camp before being assigned to Columbus.

He made five starts before being placed on the Clippers' disabled list with an oblique strain on April 29, returning to the rotation on June 6.

In 13 starts, Dice-K is 2-5 with a 4.26 ERA and three quality starts.

The Herd counters with Thad Weber (3-4, 2.65 ERA) who is coming off a rough outing on July 18 against Toledo when he gave up three earned runs on six hits and four walks over five innings in a 4-2 loss.

Good relief: Since July 9, the Bisons' bullpen has posted a 1.19 ERA in 42 1/3 innings of work. Buffalo relievers have combined for 49 strikeouts while giving up just 30 hits.

Tonight's Bisons' Lineup:
Kevin Pillar -- CF
Munenori Kawasaki -- 2B
Moises Sierra -- LF
Mauro Gomez -- 1B
Jim Negrych -- DH
Sean Ochinko -- C
Ryan Goins -- SS
Mike McCoy -- 3B
Anthony Gose -- RF 

 

J.A. Happ gets start in Buffalo

by Amy Moritz
@amymoritz

Left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ will start for the Buffalo Bisons tonight, continuing his Major League Rehabilitation assignment.

The target is for 70-75 pitches for Happ with the also rehabbing Sergio Santos (right triceps strain) likely to pitch an inning in relief.

Happ has a been on the disabled list since May 8 after he was hit with a line drive in a game at Tampa Bay on May 7. He has made two rehab starts and in eight combined innings has not allowed an earned run. He has given up two unearned runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts.

Danny Salazar starts for the Clippers: While the interest is high in Happ, also of note for tonight's game at Coca-Cola Field is the start of Salazar for Columbus. On July 11, he made his Major League debut with Cleveland against, wait for it, Toronto. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in that game and struck out the side in the second as the Indians won, 4-2. He was optioned back to Columbus the next day.

Bisons Notes: Mauro Gomez remains tied with Gwinnett's Ernesto Mejia for the home run lead in the International League. Both sluggers have 26 homers this season. .. Kevin Pillar has reached base in 28 of his 29 games with the Bisons. ... Munenori Kawasaki has played nine games for the Bisons this year and has reached base 14 times. He has seven hits and seven walks for a .483 on-base percentage. 

Tonight's Bisons' Lineup:
Kevin Pillar -- CF
Munenori Kawasaki -- SS
Moises Sierra -- RF
Mauro Gomez -- DH
Clint Robinson -- 1B
Andy LaRoche -- 3B
Ryan Goins -- 2B
Sean Ochinko -- C
Anthony Gose -- LF 

 

Vargas makes start as Romero sits start

by Amy Moritz
@amymoritz

Claudio Vargas will pitch wherever the Buffalo Bisons need him. And tonight, they need him to start.

Ricky Romero will miss is scheduled started due to illness and the Herd will go with Vargas who has split time as a starter and reliever. This will be his 14ths tart of the season though Vargas has come out of hte bullpen in six of his last seven appearances.

Vargas last started on July 3, allowing four runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings in an 11-1 loss against Rochester.

Romero is now slated to pitch on Monday, taking Dave Bush's spot after the righty was placed on the disabled list today.

Tonight's game against the Toledo Mud Hens in Coca-Cola Field (7:05 p.m.) will be broadcast on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel and on the radio at WWKB 1520 and in Toronto at 590 The FAN.

Cabrera continues rehab: Melky Cabrera wnet 1 for 3 Friday night for the Bisons in his first rehab start with the Herd. He is returning from tendinitis in his left knee and has been on the Blue Jays DL since June 27. He left the game after seven innings yesterday when the game went into a 46-minute rain delay.

Tonight's Bisons' Lineup:
Kevin Pillar -- CF
Melky Cabrera -- LF
Mauro Gomez -- DH
Andy LaRoche -- 3B
Sean Ochinko -- 1B
Mike McCoy -- 2B
Ryan Goins -- SS
Anthony Gose -- RF
Mike Nickeas -- C 

Go to the video: Mike Harrington's Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame acceptance speech

Click below to watch the acceptance speech of News Sports Reporter/Baseball Columnist Mike Harrington given Friday night in Coca-Cola Field upon his induction into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame.

From Friday's Buffalo News, here are Harrington's top memories on the baseball beat. 

And click here for an article on Harrington by Andrew Kulyk of Artvoice.

Cabrera joins Herd on rehab

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Melky Cabrera has been on the disabled list since June 27 with left knee tendinitis.

By Amy Moritz  @amymoritz

Outfielder Melky Cabrera and right handed pitcher Sergio Santos have joined the Buffalo Bisons on Major League injury rehab assignments.

Cabrera has been on the disabled list since June 27 with left knee tendinitis. He batted .278 with three home runs, driving in 28 runs in 78 games with the Toronto Blue Jays this season.

Santos pitched in five games with the Jays before going on the disabled list on April 15 with a right triceps strain.

Thursday afternoon, Bisons manager Marty Brown said that Cabrera was not in today's Bisons' lineup because it was a travel day for him. He said that Cabrera would be in the lineup on Friday. Santos is expected to throw an inning tonight.

Negrych's Excellent All-Star Adventure: Fresh off his appearance in last night's Triple-A All Star Game in Reno, Nevada, Jim Negrych was back in the Bisons' lineup today. Granted, it's as the designated hitter. Negrych and Mauro Gomez were starters for the International League in last night's Triple-A All-Star contest. Both went 0-for-3 at the plate.

"We would have liked to have performed better individually," Negrych said.

But the experience was incredible for the St. Francis graduate. Especially with the way the Rich family helped the Buffalo players get the most bang for their buck.

"The Riches flew us out there," Negrych said. "It was unbelievable what they did for us. That made sure everything was taken care of. And we flew back right after the game. We're lucky. Some guys weren't getting back to their teams until six o'clock tonight. They treated us so well."

Bisons back from break: The Herd kicks off the final third of the season opening up an eight-game homestand. It starts with a four-game series with the Toledo Mud Hens. Buffalo is 3 1/2 games back of Pawtucket in the IL North Division race.

Thad Weber gets the start for the Bisons and faces his former team. Weber pitched in 52 games with 51 starts for Toledo from 2010-12. He went 14-23 with a 4.75 ERA as a MudHen. This year with the Herd, he is 3-3 with a 2.37 ERA in eight starts.

Vote for Celery: Celery may have never won the mascot race at Coca-Cola Field, but Celery has a chance to win now. At least as a fan favorite. Celery is in the running for the Best Minor League Mascot. There are two rounds of voting, the first window runs until Aug. 1 with a championship round Aug. 1-8. Fans can vote online at www.milb.com/mascotmania or via Twitter by including #MascotMania along with the Bisons Twitter handle @BuffaloBisons. Fans can vote up to 25 times a day via Twitter.

Tonight's Bisons Lineup:
Mike McCoy -- 3B
Ryan Goins -- SS
Kevin Pillar -- RF
Jim Negrych -- DH
Andy LaRoche -- 1B
Sean Ochinko -- C
Eugenio Velez -- LF
Anthony Gose -- CF
Munenori Kawasaki -- 2B 

Herd tries to rebound vs. Scranton

By Rodney McKissic

The Bisons, who were swept in a doubleheader against Scranton/Wilkes Barre on Saturday, are trying to avoid a series sweep this afternoon against the RailRiders. Here is the starting lineup for today's game:

Mike McCoy, rf
Munenori Kawasaki, 2b
Kevin Pillar, lf
Jim Negrych, dh
Andy LaRoche, 3b
Ryan Goins, ss
Sean Ochinko, 1b
Anthony Gose, cf
Mike Nickeas, cf
Ricky Romero, p

While you slept: A-Rod turned down rehab in Buffalo, Giants' Lincecum tosses no-hitter

By Mike Harrington

Two big items this morning as we head into the final day prior to the All-Star break for both MLB and Triple-A:

---Remember when I wrote last Sunday that Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez were not coming to Buffalo this weekend on rehab with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders? Well, it turned out I was right -- but only barely. 

Jeter left Scranton late Wednesday, played Thursday for the Yankees but injured his quad and his now trying to stay off the DL again. A-Rod, meanwhile, apparently was told by the Yankees to be in Buffalo Saturday night but refused the assignment after citing pain in his legs. The New York Post initially reported on how A-Rod didn't show up for a Class A game Friday in Tampa after meeting with MLB investigators about Biogenesis. The Daily News said A-Rod may be working on a plea deal with MLB 

Asked about turning down the trip to Buffalo, A-Rod told reporters in Tampa, "This is news to me."

The Tampa Yankees tweeted last night that A-Rod will be in their lineup today, so don't look for him at Coca-Cola Field this afternoon. 

---The other big story came past 1 a.m., when Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum lived up to his nickname and threw a completely freaky no-hitter at Petco Park in San Diego. Lincecum struck out 13 and threw 148 pitches in the Giants' 9-0 win over the reeling Padres. 

Here's MLB.com's look at all 27 outs from the no-no.

Bisons fall to Scranton, 2-1

By Rodney McKissic

The Bisons couldn't do much against Scranton starter Chris Bootcheck, who went seven innings and allowed one run on four hits in a 2-1 Bisons defeat. Sean Ochinko's solo home run in the fifth was the lone run for the Herd.

Here's the starting lineup for the nightcap:

Kevin Pillar, rf
Mike McCoy, ss
Mauro Gomez, dh
Andy LaRoche, 3b
Jim Negrych, 2b
Eugenio Velez, lf
Sean Ochinko, c
Anthony Gose, cf
Clint Robinson, 1b
Dave Bush, p

Herd plays two vs. Scranton

By Rodney McKissic

The Bisons, winners of five straight, will start Chien-Ming Wang in Game One of tonight's doubleheader against Scranton. Game Two's starter is Dave Bush. Here is the starting lineup for Game One:

Kevin Pillar, cf
Ryan Goins, ss
Jim Negrych, 2b
Mauro Gomez, dh
Andy LaRoche, 3b
Eugenio Velez, lf
Clint Robinson, 1b
Anthony Gose, rf
Sean Ochinko, c
Chien-Ming Wang, p

Bisons back in the race

by Amy Moritz
@amymoritz

Remember when the Buffalo Bisons slid all the way to nine games back in the International League North Division race? Remember when they were four games out of the Wild Card, seemingly their only hope at their first playoff appearance since 2005?

My, how things can change in a week.

IL North leader Pawtucket has hit the skids, on a seven-game losing streak.

Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bisons have won four straight.

That puts the Herd just 4 1/2 games behind the PawSox in the IL North Division race and 1 1/2 games behind Norfolk in the wild card race.

The Bisons open a key two game series against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in Allentown, Pa. The teams play tonight (7:05 p.m.) and Friday (7:05 p.m.). The IronPigs are 1 1/2 games up on the Herd in both the IL North Division and the wild card races.

The Bisons return to Buffalo this weekend to host Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The teams will play a doubleheader at 6:05 p.m. Saturday and a single game on Sunday (1:05 p.m.) as the league then heads into the Triple-A All-Star break.

Roberts, Young and Harrington join Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame

by Amy Moritz
@amymoritz

Former players David Roberts and Ernie Young along with Buffalo News sports reporter Mike Harrington were officially named today to the Class of 2013 for the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame.

Roberts played for the Herd from 1998-2001 and is the franchise's modern-era leader in stolen bases with 97. His longest season with the Bisosn came in 2000 when he batted .292, drove in 55 runs and stole 39 bases in 120 games.

He is part of baseball lore after "the steal" for the Boston Red Sox in the 2004 American League Championship Series. The Red Sox were on the verge of elimination to the New York Yankees, trailing 4-3 in the ninth in Game 4. Kevin Millar drew a walk and Roberts went in as the pinch runner. He stole second then scored the tying run on a single by Bill Mueller. Boston went on to win that game in 12 innings, sparking an eight-game winning streak to give the Red Sox their first World Series championship since 1918.

Young played with the Herd in 2004 and 2005, part of the franchise's last championship team (2004 Governors Cup) and the last team to the make the playoffs (2005). In 2004, he batted .299, driving in 100 runs with 27 home runs. He followed that up with a 20-homer, 78-RBI season in 2005.

Harrington joins the Class of 2013. The Amherst native started at The Buffalo News in 1987, took over as the Bisons' beat reporter in 1993 and debuted the Sunday column, "Inside Baseball" in 2004. He covered the Herd's championship seasons in 1997, 1998 and 2004 and has covered every World Series since 2000.

All three will be formally inducted before the Bisons game on July 19 when the Herd hosts the Toledo Mud Hens.

Wang makes his Buffalo debut

by Amy Moritz
@amymoritz

They've fallen two games under .500 but they have one afternoon to make it up.

The Buffalo Bisons host the Syracuse Chiefs for a scheduled doubleheader at Coca-Cola Field (1:05 p.m., Radio 1520, TWC).

The Bisons had been 10 games over .500 on eight different occasions this season, but have slid out of contention in the International League North Division race, sitting nine games back of first-place Pawtucket. What's gone wrong? I took a look at the numbers in today's story in The Buffalo News.

Bisons Debut for Wang: Chien-Ming Wang is scheduled to pitch Game 2 of today's doubleheader. Wang was designated for assignment to Buffalo after going 1-1 with a 7.13 ERA in five starts with the Toronto  Blue Jays, who signed him on June 9. He won 19 games in 2006 and 2007 for the New York Yankees. The press box has been an interesting place the last three Bisons home games, ever since Wang was designated for assignment, as Taiwanese media have joined the local media corps to cover Wang. 

Extra! Extra! No Jeter in the B-Lo: Derek Jeter is on his Major League rehabilitation assignment with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. And Alex Rodriguez has been transferred to Class A Tampa as he recovers from hip surgery. Scranton is headed to Buffalo next weekend. So could we see Jeter or A-Rod in Buffalo? Mike Harrington says probably not in today's Inside Baseball column.

"I should point out the Yankees rarely send rehab players on the road," Harrington writes. "They like to have control over issues like field conditions, clubhouses, security (because autograph hounds are an issue) and arrangements for press conferences. They don’t have that if a game is not being played in a home of one of their affiliates."

Bush Gets Start: Dave Bush will start Game 1 for the Herd. He leads the Bisons with seven wins and has a 4.12 ERA. In his last start, a no-decision at Charlotte on Tuesday, he strike out nine batters.

Pillar Continues to Impress: Outfielder Kevin Pillar continues to turn heads and Toronto general manager Alex Anthopolous has been in town specifically to watch him. He has 14 hits in his first 16 games at Triple-A and and has reached base safely in every contest.

Today's Game 1 Lineup:
Mike McCoy -- 3B
Ryan Goins -- SS
Kevin Pillar -- CF
Mauro Gomez -- 1B
Jim Negrych -- 2B
Andy LaRoche -- DH
Eugenio Velez -- LF
Anthony Gose -- RF
Mike Nickeas -- C 

Bisons rally falls short

by Amy Moritz
@amymoritz

There's something to be said for battling and working hard until the final out. There's something good in finally finding your offense. Even if it doesn't come until the ninth inning.

So that's the bright spot for the manager Marty Brown while the Buffalo Bisons fell to the Syracuse Chiefs, 4-3 at Coca-Cola Field.

The Herd scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth. A one-out single from Jim Negrych was followed up with a home run shot to left to cut the deficit in half. A walk and two singles ended up scoring Eugenio Velez, but the Herd's rally ended on a Ryan Goins strikeout.

"We've got to get everybody clicking but I like to see the fire that we had in the last inning," Brown said. "It was nice."

"I think everybody's going out and giving the best effort that they know how. You've got to give their starter some credit because he did mix in cutters and located to both sides of the plate and we really struggled to make any kind of adjustment to him. But it's nice to see us ... have a run to give us a chance to win the game."

Syracuse starter Ryan Tatusko (2-3) picked up the win pitching seven shutout innings with two walks and five strikeouts.

The big picture has the Bisons falling two games below .500 for the first time the season. The team was 10 games over .500 at eight different points earlier this season. And the problem has been the offense, which entered Saturday's game hitting .161 and have scored 11 runs in six games.

"The guys know we're in a bit of lull right now, but it's about bringing your A game from the first inning on," Brown said. "That A game may not be what it normally is because everyone's run down a little bit but that's baseball. That's why you play every day. One day a week in football, you get a chance to regroup. You don't get a chance to regroup here. That's why it's such an interesting game."

For more on the Bisons fall from first place, look for my story in Sunday's edition of The Buffalo News.

The Bisons and Syracuse will play a scheduled double-header Sunday at Coca-Cola Field, beginning at 1 p.m.

 

 

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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.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


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.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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