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The dormant Buffalo bats finally came alive in their last chance to do so, and Christian Lopes' three-run blast in the top of the ninth gave the Bisons enough to salvage a 6-3 win against the  Pawtucket on Monday night. Over the prior 26 innings, Buffalo had only scored three runs. In the two games prior to Monday, both losses at home to Gwinnett, the Bisons mustered o…

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred was working the crowd full of kids Sunday night in Williamsport, Pa., and had to know MLB hit a home run. The Little League Classic was about far more than the Pirates and Cardinals playing an official game in a heavily renovated Class A ballpark. It was a daylong celebration of the game the big-league guys played as kids and the scenes ever…

Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parenthesis. 1. Los Angeles Dodgers. The rich get richer with nifty late-night addition of Mets' Granderson. (1) 2. Houston Astros.  Keuchel (11-2) posts seven shutout innings in Oakland. (2) 3. Washington Nationals. GM Rizzo says they "dodged" a bullet with gruesome-looking Harper knee injury. (3) 4. Boston …

After winning the last three of a four-game series at Toledo behind a combined 21 runs, the Buffalo Bisons returned home and dropped the opener against Indianapolis, 8-3. The Indians scored runs in innings 2-5 for enough of a cushion, including a pair of home runs from third baseman Gift Ngoepe, only his fourth and fifth long balls of the season. The Bisons mustered thr…

With 10 home games left on their 2017 slate, the Buffalo Bisons announced Tuesday afternoon their 2018 schedule. Buffalo opens next season an hour east at Rochester, before debuting at Coca-Cola Field for a 31st season on April 12 against Indianapolis. No game times have been announced. "It's never easy to say good bye to baseball and all those fun summer nights at t…

The Buffalo Bisons come home for six games this week, the next-to-last homestand of their International League season. The Herd will face the Indianapolis Indians tonight in the opener of a three-game series. Friday night, the Gwinnett Braves will be at Coca-Cola Field to begin a three-game series. The Bisons have won 10 of their last 14 games and are coming off a t…

Just imagine you bought Subway Series tickets way back in March. Two games in Yankee Stadium on Monday and Tuesday. Games in Citi Field on Wednesday and Thursday. Mid-August. Middle of the pennant race. Think of the drama you figured to see. Now think of the reality. The Yankees, while still leading the AL wild-card race, are coming off two horrific losses to the Red So…

When it comes to the Dog Days of August, the Yankees are in the throes of them. Don't let Friday's did-you-see-that comeback against the Red Sox fool you. What has been a fascinating transition season engineered by GM Brian Cashman is clearly in danger of slipping away thanks to a quiet offense and injuries on the mound. Slugger Aaron Judge entered the weekend having…

Through Thursday's games. Most recent rankings in parenthesis. 1. Los Angeles Dodgers. To win 80th in Game No. 113 is remarkable. Page A-1 L.A. Times headline: "Best Dodgers Team Ever?" (2) https://twitter.com/McCulloughTimes/status/893864011950956553 2. Houston Astros. Failed to augment pitching depth at deadline. (1) 3. Washington Nationals. Already a virtual…

After winning five in a row against the division's two best teams, the Buffalo Bisons have taken a step back this week upon hitting the road. Bobby Meacham's team salvaged the series' third game at Indianapolis on Wednesday, but the Bisons (51-67) reverted to the loss column on Thursday night in Toledo. The Mud Hens (56-61) scored runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth and ei…

TORONTO -- Whether it's because of injuries, ineffectiveness or maybe even trades, you can't figure to go an entire season with just five starting pitchers. Since they affiliated with the Buffalo Bisons in 2013, the Toronto Blue Jays have bucked that trend and have mostly done exactly that. But fate caught up to them this year and their lack of pitching depth at the top…

For the second time in two weeks, the Toronto Blue Jays pulled the rug out on the Buffalo Bisons' pitching plans. Not to worry. Bisons manager Bobby Meacham improvised and four Herd pitchers limited Indianapolis to one hit in a 3-1 International League victory over the Indians on Wednesday afternoon before 8,442 at Victory Field in Indianapolis. Buffalo salvaged t…

TORONTO -- This was how things were supposed to look this year in the American League East. The Blue Jays were dominating, Josh Donaldson was mashing, the Yankees were stumbling and the postseason would be headed north of the border for the third straight October. Now, that's probably not going to be the case. But the Blue Jays are still at least on the periphery to mak…

On Monday, Bryce Harper became the 14th player in major league history to hit 150 home runs before his 25th birthday. He was 24 years old and 295 days when he reached the milestone, notable only because Mike Trout was the same age, to the day, when he hit No. 150 last season. A few hours later, Trout smacked a double for his 1,000th career hit and added a solo home r…