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At 19, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is tearing up the Double-A Eastern League in New Hampshire and seems on the fast track to Buffalo – and maybe even Toronto. The son of the Hall of Famer entered the weekend at .388-3-27 in 22 games. His slashline was .388/.452/.624 and his OPS was at 1.075 OPS. "His performance on the field, certainly offensively, has been really good, reall…

No matter what Sam Gaviglio does, he can't get a decision, much less a win. The 27-year-old Bisons right-hander (0-0) left Monday night's game against the Rochester Red Wings at Coca-Cola Field after six innings with a 2-0 lead. Then the Wings broke through against the Bisons' bullpen for a 7-3 victory, snapping the Herd's win streak at four games. Gaviglio shut o…

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Buffalo Bills safety Jordan Poyer was selected as a high school senior by the Florida Marlins in the Major League Baseball Draft in 2009. He played baseball and football at Oregon State before giving up baseball to focus on the gridiron. Poyer was back on the baseball field Monday night, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the Buffalo Bisons hosted the Roches…

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The ball had not left the pitcher's hand and Roemon Fields was already off and running. The pitch was outside and in the dirt, allowing Fields to take second base standing up. Just another day on the diamond for Fields. It was his fifth stolen base of the season and the 50th in 126 career games with the Buffalo Bisons, making him just the eighth player to steal 50 ba…

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Devon Travis says he's never been one for statistics. Oh, he understands that stats are an essential and inescapable part of the baseball ethos. But he also knows that obsessing about the numbers can drive a player to distraction. "Let's not be foolish about it," Travis said Sunday morning before the Bisons' 6-1 win over Syracuse at Coca-Cola Field. "If you look up at t…

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The Buffalo Bisons nearly blew a six-run lead, but hung on Saturday afternoon to defeat the Syracuse Chiefs, 7-6, at Coca-Cola Field. The Herd had built a 7-1 lead heading to the ninth inning. That’s when the Chiefs scored five runs on six hits before Murphy Smith induced a ground ball out to end the game and secure the third straight win for the Bisons. Buffalo’s br…

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Torey Lovullo's team started ultra-fast and looked like the favorite in the National League. Dave Roberts' team was injury riddled and looking like it was dealing with a serious World Series hangover. Then came some oddly-timed bravado from Roberts. Maybe the fortunes of the two NL West managers who are Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famers are going in different directions. …

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Danny Jansen drove in the game-winning run in the 10th inning to give the Buffalo Bisons a 4-3 win over the Syracuse Chiefs at Coca-Cola Field Friday night. With Devon Travis starting the inning on second base, part of the new pace-of-play rules, Tim Lopes struck out. Jansen came up and worked a full count before his hit went off Irving Falu’s glove at first base, allow…

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Proximity is nice. So, too, are facilities and amenities. But the real reason the partnership between the Buffalo Bisons and Toronto Blue Jays works comes down to one thing – relationships. It's the people on both ends that have made the arrangement between the Major League Jays and the Triple-A Bisons run smoothly over the past five years. It's a key reason why the …

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The Buffalo Bisons have kicked off their sixth annual "Blue Jays Weekend" promotion with some big news – a two-year extension of their player development contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto's top farmhands, who first came to Buffalo in 2013, will now be here through the 2020 season. The current agreement was to expire after this season. “Having a strong Major …

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The Dunedin Blue Jays had just finished their game in the Florida State League on Wednesday when Justin Dillon was called into the manager's office. "I had no idea what was going on," Dillon said when he found out he was being promoted to Buffalo. "I actually got a few hours sleep because I was packing all my bags. They told me to pack everything. They didn't know how l…

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They didn't get much offense under foggy conditions at Coca-Cola Field, but the Buffalo Bisons produced enough in a 3-0 win over the Syracuse Chiefs Thursday night. The win ended a two-game losing skid for the Herd and gave them back-to-back wins at home for the first time this season. Dalton Pompey led off the game for the Bisons with a double. He took third when Ti…

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Yankees prospect Clint Frazier did most of the damage Wednesday morning in the Scranton RailRiders' 3-2 walk-off victory over the Buffalo Bisons before 5,563 at PNC Park in Moosic, Pa. Frazier hit a solo home run in the second inning to give the RailRiders the lead. Another solo shot, by L.J. Mazzilli, in the third made it 2-0. Buffalo was shut out until the ninth wh…

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Modest as it was, that Bisons two-game win streak is over. Buffalo (7-9) fell to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and left-hander Daniel Camarena, 7-1, Tuesday night at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa. The RailRiders took the lead for good with three runs in the third inning when the first five batters reached against Bisons lefty Ryan Borucki (1-3). A solo home run by ex-B…

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The scouting reports are full of grades, rating everything from hitting to power to arm strength. Prospects are judged on things like bat speed and footwork, evaluating their athletic abilities and how that may translate into success as a Major League baseball player. Talent is found in pretty much every corner – from rural American high schools to polished collegiate p…