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Just when it seemed Buffalo had begun to put its misery aside, the Bisons reverted to their losing ways. After preventing their losing streak from becoming the worst in the team’s modern era on Sunday, winning the finale of a four-game stint in Syracuse to halt a 10-game skid, the Bisons dropped both games of a Monday doubleheader against Rochester. The Herd is now 1-…

Buffalo reverted to its losing ways after snapping a 10-game losing streak on Sunday in Syracuse, dropping both games of Monday's doubleheader against Rochester. The Bisons relinquished a 3-0 lead in Game 1, surrendering four runs combined in the fifth and sixth innings, before falling 4-3. In Game 2, a rocky start from Cesar Valdez on the hill gave Rochester a lead it …

CHICAGO – The memories of 2016 linger all over Wrigley Field and its now construction-filled neighborhood. And that's one of the problems the Chicago Cubs have: Things will never be quite that magical again. You can only win your first World Series in 108 years one time. Then life and the calendar roll on. It just hasn't been easy for the Cubs in 2017. They might s…

The Buffalo Bisons' losing streak carried on Friday night in another one-run loss to Syracuse, with the Chiefs pulling out a 2-1 win at their home of NBT Bank Stadium. The Herd has now lost 25 of its 35 games away from Coca-Cola Field this season, as its losing streak is only one game away from reaching double digits. One night after pitching doomed the visitors, stagna…

Through Thursday's games. Last week's rankings in parenthesis. 1. Houston Astros. Hard to believe any team could go 27-8 in first 35 road games. (1) 2. Los Angeles Dodgers. Jansen is automatic: 4-0 with 15 saves, 50 Ks, no walks, 0.91 ERA (3) 3. Arizona Diamondbacks. Bludgeoned Rockies for 26 runs in taking last two of series. (4) 4. Colorado Rockies. Even in a…

Buffalo's losing streak reached eight games in miserable fashion Thursday night against Syracuse, as an Irving Falu walk-off, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth gave the Chiefs the victory. The Bisons fell to 10-24 on the road this season, twice surrendering leads in the last two innings. Bobby Meacham's squad was swept in the two series before heading to Syrac…

It's answer time. Many of my readers rely on this blog to explain what is going on in local television. First up: The New York Mets, who are dealing with a lot of injuries that have hurt their season. They are 31-37, 10 games behind Washington in the National League East. Some of the team's games have suddenly and surprisingly appeared on cable's Spectrum Sports. …

The Bisons were looking for solace at Coca-Cola Field. The downtown Buffalo ballpark has truly been a homefield advantage for the Herd this season. So after a woeful 1-6 roadtrip, the Bisons were ready for the clichéd home cooking. It never really came. For the first time this season, the Herd lost a homestand going just 2-5, including being swept by the Scranton/Wi…

It was an odd kind of  debut for right-handed pitcher Glenn Sparkman. It was his first game at the Triple-A level on Sunday when he started for the Buffalo Bisons at Coca-Cola Field. But the Triple-A debut came on a Major League rehabilitation assignment. "It is different for sure, but I enjoyed it," Sparkman said. "The talent is always going to be better. Guys are …

The series between the Buffalo Bisons and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders concludes Sunday afternoon. Game time: 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at noon). Promotions: It's Father's Day and the first 3,000 fans through the Swan Street Game will receive a logo baseball, which can then bu used to have a catch with dad on the field after thse game. It's also Buster's Kids Club …

Al Pedrique was concerned from the moment the play developed. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre manager watched as Gleyber Torres tried to score from second base. The throw from right field beat him to the plate but Torres tried to get around the catcher by sliding head first. This is why they teach them not to slide head first, Pedrique said. Because Torres ended up in a he…

Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parenthesis. 1. Houston Astros. Keuchel (neck) close to resuming throwing program. (1) 2. Colorado Rockies. Went 5-1 in back-to-back series against Indians, Cubs. (2) 3. Los Angeles Dodgers. Clayton Who? Wood beats Reds to improve to 7-0, 1.90. (5) 4. Arizona Diamondbacks. Lovullo won a lot of home games with Biso…

The hottest-hitting team in the International League strutted its stuff at Coca-Cola Field Friday night. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders posted eight runs on 12 hits, including a three-run home run from Clint Frazier, to hand the Buffalo Bisons an 8-1 loss. Scranton entered the game with the best batting average in the league, hitting .271. Second baseman Tyler …

The bottom of the lineup. It's not a place most hitters aspire to be. The goal is to move up in the order, to bat lead-off or clean-up. Not to bat ninth. Then again, the No. 9 slot isn't the worst place to be. Christian Lopes has learned that. The Buffalo Bisons third baseman his reached base in his last seven plate appearances. On Thursday, he had a single and drew two…