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Joe Girardi acknowledged, after his faux pas in Game Two last week against the Indians, that he may not be invited back next season to manage the Yankees. He's entering the final year of his contract and, as he said, the Yanks ultimately will determine what's best for the organization. Girardi was ripped royally for failing to challenge a ruling on the field that Lonnie…

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CLEVELAND – Once there was a time in which the Yankees, with their limitless resources and disregard for payroll, were the buyers in the open market while teams like the Indians developed prospects in their system and picked up free-agent scraps when they could find them. The Yankees have changed their thinking but so, too, have the Indians, which made for an interest…

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CLEVELAND – If there was a challenging decision standing before Terry Francona while the Indians coasted to the best record in the American League and into the playoffs, it came this week when he directed his attention toward the mound before Game One against the Yankees in the division series on Thursday night. Let me remind you that Francona has been among baseball'…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's ranking in parentheses. 1. Cleveland Indians.  Join 1954 and 1995 teams in winning 100+. First two lost World Series. (1) 2. Los Angeles Dodgers.  Went 10-6 after ending 11-game losing streak. (2) 3. Houston Astros.  Behind red-hot Verlander (5-0, 1.06), gave MLB a first since '03 by becoming third 100-win team. (3) 4. Was…

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Entering the final weekend of the regular season, the Yankees are one loss or a Boston win from falling into the American League wild-card game. They would play it at home on Tuesday against the surprising Twins. Here's what a longtime Yankees fan asked me for this week's Mailbag. It's an intriguing thought for Yankee fans who think the Pinstripers have a chance to make…

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TORONTO -- There was one out in the top of the ninth inning Sunday and Blue Jays manager John Gibbons showed he understood how to make great theater. With two outs left in the home finale of a disappointing Blue Jays season, Gibbons had Ezequiel Carerra trot out of the third-base dugout toward right field. It was time for Jose Bautista to head off the Rogers Centre turf…

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TORONTO -- Rebuild and contend in the same year. It's usually a foolish thing to try. It's viewed by most as staying down the middle without making a real decision. But it's exactly what the New York Yankees did this year. Lo and behold, they got it right. The Yankees are going to the postseason, no small accomplishment given all they've endured this season. Saturday…

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Through Thursday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses. 1. Cleveland Indians.  A streak for all time makes them the favorite for October. (3) 2. Los Angeles Dodgers.  Overlooked element to stunning collapse: Nine straight home losses after 52-14 start in Chavez Ravine. (1) 3. Houston Astros. Four years after going 51-111, clinched first division title si…

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Players and coaches aren't the only ones in Triple-A looking for a ticket to the majors. Broadcasters want to move up too and longtime Buffalo Bisons' voice Ben Wagner is getting the call to Toronto for the next two games on the Blue Jays' nationwide radio network. Wagner, who has called the Herd's games since 2007, will be replacing Mike Wilner for tonight and Thursday…

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Through Thursday's games. Last week's rankings in parenthesis. 1. Los Angeles Dodgers. Sudden slide sparks questions about October staying power. (1) 2. Houston Astros. This may be the year for Altuve's MVP award. (3) 3. Cleveland Indians. Outscored foes, 76-22, in sweeping 11-game roadie that forged record winning streak. (4) 4. Washington Nationals.  W…

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In the battle of Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famers turned managers, Torey Lovullo has sent Dave Roberts a mighty big message come October. Lovullo's Arizona Diamondbacks have become the talk of the National League. Roberts' Los Angeles Dodgers, once on the road to breaking the all-time record of 116 wins in a season, have become a sudden enigma. The Diamondbacks had a …

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In the end, it was another year without postseason baseball in Buffalo. The last time the Bisons made the playoffs was 2005, a frustrating fact around Coca-Cola Field and something the organization hoped would change when Buffalo extended its affiliation agreement with the Toronto Blue Jays. Such is the life of a Triple-A affiliate in service of the Major League club. T…

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In the wake of the stunning trade that went down late Thursday night, Houston in 2017 how has a much-improved chance of becoming Boston of 2013 or New York of 2001. The Yankees, remember, were two outs away from winning the World Series in Game Seven at Arizona in the emotional aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. The Red Sox were a unifying source for a city all summer in th…

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One day after being named the Most Valuable Player on the Buffalo Bisons, Roemon Fields set the team’s modern era record for steals in a season. Fields also scored a run to help the Bisons to a 4-0 win over Syracuse at NBT Bank Stadium Friday night. Fields swiped two bases in the win to give him 42 on the year. That surpasses the mark of 41 set by Tony Womack’s i…

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St. Bonaventure alum and Frewsburg native Connor Grey pitched a perfect game Friday night. Grey needed 100 pitches to retire all 27 batters he faced as Kane County defeated Clinton, 5-0, in a Class A Midwest League game. According to Minor League Baseball, it was the first perfect game in 17 years throw in the Midwest League. The Arizona Diamondbacks tweeted it was t…