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First Pitch: Bisons, RailRiders play double-header Sunday

Going to the game? Here's what you need to know:

Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees) at Coca-Cola Field.

First pitch: 12:35 p.m. Gates open: Noon.

Promotions: The first 500 kids through the gates get free cotton candy. After the game, all kids can run the bases.

Weather: The forecast for Sunday is beautiful. Sunny and 67 degrees. updates for 14203:

Starting pitchers: Veteran Mat Latos will pitch the opener for the Bisons against Dietrich Enns. Latos, 29, is a 6-foot-6 right-hander with a 71-58 big-league record. He won 14 or more games three times in the majors and was eighth in the Cy Young voting in 2010, when he went 14-10 for the Padres. Enns is a left-hander who went to Central Michigan and who was drafted by the Yankees in 2010. In the second game, Buffalo will pitch Matt Dermody, a 26-year-old who had a 2.76 ERA in 15 relief appearances with Buffalo last season. This will be his first start since 2014.

Last game: Buffalo 4, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2.

Bisons Prospects: The top Jays prospect on the Bisons’ roster is Rowdy Tellez, ranked No. 6 by Baseball America. Five of Toronto’s top 10 prospects are on the Double-A roster. There’s a good chance some of them will get up to Buffalo this season. Those Double-A prospects are: Outfielder Anthony Alford (No. 2), pitcher Sean Reid-Foley (No. 3), Pitcher Connor Greene (No. 4), shortstop Richard Urena (No. 5), and pitcher Jon Harris (No. 9). . . . Other Herd prospects include reliever Danny Barnes (No. 21 by and outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. (No. 26).

Yankees Prospects: Scranton right fielder Clint Frazier is New York’s No. 2 prospect, according to Baseball America. Shortstop Tyler Wade is No. 15. Frazier was acquired in a big trade-deadline deal with Cleveland last year. He was the No. 5 overall pick in 2014.

Second generation: Smith’s father played eight years in the majors from 1989 to 1996, starting with the Cubs and ending with the Braves. The father of RailRiders right fielder Mason Williams is Derwin Williams, who played receiver for the New England Patriots. His grandfather’s brother, Walt Williams played 11 years in the major leagues.

Injury updates: Outfielder Dalton Pompey is out with a concussion, suffered while sliding into second base in the World Baseball Classic on March 17. Second baseman Jon Berti also is out with a concussion.

WCC Race: Atomic won the first mascot race of the year, held after the fifth inning. Celery, which never has won a race, was in the lead but stopped to help Atomic after the latter fell down. Atomic went on to win.

The homestand: The Bisons are home through Thursday. They play a four-game series with Rochester starting Monday, with each of the four games starting at 1:05 p.m.

Tickets: They’re $10.50 to $13.50 Sunday. All tickets are $9 on Monday. At, Coca-Cola Field Box Office.

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