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Seaver proves big attraction

The Triple-A All-Star Luncheon on July 11 at the Adam's Mark featuring Hall of Famer Tom Seaver is a sellout, the Buffalo Bisons announced Saturday.

Fans still interested in attending may have a chance, as the team is establishing a waiting list for additional tickets that may open up after the allotment set aside for the 30 Triple-A teams is determined.

Fans can be placed on the list by calling 846-2011 or by signing up at Waitlist orders are limited to two tickets. If tickets are returned by the teams, waitlist customers can then purchase them for $25 each based on the order they joined the list.

The luncheon is scheduled for noon on the day of the 25th annual game. In addition to Seaver's speech, it will include introduction of players from both the International League and Pacific Coast League all-star teams.


Walks continue to be a problem for the Bisons, as five of the eight free passes issued eventually scored in Saturday's 9-6 loss to Pawtucket. The Bisons (4-6) have lost three straight.

Buffalo has walked 27 men in four home games this season. The leadoff man was walked four times Saturday and three scored. Starter Garrett Olson had five of the walks.

"Very sloppy from the pitching side of it," said manager Wally Backman. "Really, it's unacceptable, especially at this level. You've got to be able to pound the strike zone better.

"You've got to be able to throw first-pitch strikes so you can expand the zone. Guys look a little bit tentative, pitching out of the zone like they are."

Pawtucket took control with a five-run fifth that produced a 6-2 lead. The Bisons looked like they were out of the inning but first baseman Zach Lutz allowed a two-out grounder to bolt through his legs as two runs scored. Two pitches later, reliever Jeff Stevens gave up a three-run homer to left to Will Middlebrooks.


Saturday was the anniversary of the ballpark's first game, the memorable 1-0 win over the Denver Zephyrs on April 14, 1988.

Catcher Tom Prince, a Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer, drove in the only run with a third-inning solo homer and lefty Bob Patterson carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning to get the win.


Pawtucket pitcher Alex Wilson, Boston's minor-league hurler of the year in 2011, gave up one run in five innings to get the win The paid attendance was 5,883. The two-game series concludes today at 1 (Radio 1520 AM) with Buffalo's Matt Harvey making his home debut as the starting pitcher. Harvey, the Mets' No. 1 draft choice in 2010, is 0-1, 5.79 in two starts so far.