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The Buffalo Bisons honored former Buffalo mayor James D. Griffin by painting his initials in front of both dugouts at Dunn Tire Park. The Bisons showed a video tribute and held a moment of silence before the game for the late Griffin. Griffin spearheaded the construction of Pilot Field, now Dunn Tire park, which many consider his crowning glory. Here is the starting lineup…

Clearing the notebook heading into tonight's series finale in Columbus, which is the Bisons' last game in Cooper Stadium: ---Jason Cooper has homered in the last three games he's played for the Bisons, highlighted by Friday night's three-run shot in the seventh inning that proved to be a game-winner against the Clippers. The streak has him quickly climbing up the franchis…

In case you missed them Friday night, here are two pretty amazing videos to check out: 1. The umps blow another home run call as old friend Ben Francisco hits a three-run homer off the left-field railing in Progressive Field (hmmm, didn't I just talk about that spot yesterday?) -- but the men in blue only give him an RBI double. And they tossed Eric Wedge too. Unreal. Tha…

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- So much for that thought about seeing some offense tonight. The Bisons are trailing the Clippers, 1-0, through 4 1/2 innings -- and are getting no-hit by Triple-A rookie Garrett Mock. You want a complete disaster? Check out what's going on in Progressive Field. The Rangers lead, 11-3, in the third and Fausto Carmona is out with an injured leg. If that in…

Bisons and Baseball

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Are there any hits in the Buckeye State tonight? We're about to find out as the Bisons meet the Columbus Clippers here in Cooper Stadium and the Cleveland Indians open a series in Progressive Field against Texas. Buffalo has lost three straight while the Tribe is coming off an 0-6 road trip in which it scored just 13 runs. Former big-league pitcher Tim B…

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Indians PR chief Bart Swain just passed along this incredible nugget courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau: AL ERA LEADERS SINCE APRIL 17 (min 30.0IP) 1.            AARON LAFFEY (CLE)       1.60 2.            CLIFF LEE (CLE)      &nbs…

Like Sully wrote the other day, I'm all for instant replay, especially in the wake of this week's rash of blown home run calls. New ballparks have all sorts of nooks and crannies in them (see the yellow line in Houston)and also have too many iron railings above the fence (left field in Progressive Field) that can confuse umpires. All three mistakes this week -- the two i…

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Greetings from 77-year-old Cooper Stadium, the International League's oldest park, as the Bisons get set to open a four-game set with the Columbus Clippers. But the series itself is clearly a backdrop to the behind-the-scenes chatter about the Cleveland Indians' potential move here next season when the new downtown Huntington Park is ready. Under Nationa…

Here might be an option for Memorial Day weekend: The Blue Jays are offering an all-you-can-eat package for games against the Royals Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Rogers Centre. For $39, you get a 200 level outfield seat and your choice of unlimited hot dogs, nachos, popcorn (hey guys, it's ONE WORD!), peanuts and soft drinks. Pizza and beer are not included. Many teams …

It's an off day for the Buffalo Bisons and that's a good thing because this team is a mess. The last two nights at Dunn Tire Park might have been the darkest since the Cleveland Indians got here in 1995. It's been freezing so there's been about 500 folks in the stands surrounded by about 17,500 empty seats. And as for the baseball? Yeesh. The Bisons lost two in a row to…

Want to see all 27 outs of Jon Lester's no-hitter? MLB.com has them for you with this five-minute video. Cool. As usual, the Boston Globe has some terrific coverage with Gordon Edes' report on the game and a column by Dan Shaughnessy that puts the no-no in context with all the other big things happening in New England sports in recent years with the Sox, Patriots and, now…

Injuries plagued the start of St. Bonaventure standout Brian Pellegrini's professional career in 2007. But in his debut for the Lexington Legends on Thursday night, Pellegrini showed what made him an All-American at Bona. The left fielder went 2 for 4 with a three-run home run for the Legends in a 7-6 loss to Hagerstown. In three games, for the Legends, Pellegrini is hi…

After splitting a four-game series with Pawtucket, the Bisons open a four-gamer against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs here in Dunn Tire Park. It's the first visit to Buffalo by the IronPigs, the former Ottawa Lynx. On a cold, windy night -- with a full house down the street watching the Bandits' championship game -- there doesn't figure to be more than a few hundred brave sou…

From the Whatever Happened To Him Department: Longtime Herd slugger Russell Branyan belted three home runs Friday night to lead Nashville to a 10-8 victory over New Orleans in the Pacific Coast League. He's hitting .374 with 11 home runs for the Sounds, who are Milwaukee's top affiliate. Branyan, of course, had a couple of decent seasons with the Brewers and signed with th…

Ten years ago today -- May 17, 1998 -- David Wells threw the first regular-season perfect game in Yankee Stadium history against the Minnesota Twins. It was a seminal moment that really set the tone for the Yanks' 114-win season. The YES Network's Web site has a neat video retrospective here and the game is scheduled to be replayed on YES tonight at 9:30. ---Mike Harringt…