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I waited to write this piece until the World Series, this dramatic showdown between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers. The afternoon light and scattered leaves of late October always carry me back to childhood. We'd run home after school to catch the end of each game, in an era when the World Series was played in the afternoon, and maybe we'd grab our gloves and p…

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The Buffalo Bisons kick off their final homestand of the season on Monday against Pawtucket. The only thing at stake with eight games remaining in the season is who will finish third in the International League North and who will finish fourth, as the Red Sox currently sit two games ahead of Buffalo. Here are the details: First pitch: 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 6 p.m.) …

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The Buffalo Bisons relinquished a 3-1 lead Sunday in Rochester, dropping the rubber match of a three-game set against the Red Wings, 4-3. The hosts scored one run in the sixth and a pair in the seventh, and Buffalo couldn't push a run across the plate in its last meeting of the year with its thruway rival. The Bisons (61-73) have already secured themselves at least a fo…

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It was more than just another day of baseball for the Niagara Wheatfield Junior Falcons. It was the chance of a lifetime. The Junior Falcons hosted a friendly international doubleheader last Friday at Fairmount Park in Wheatfield against the Perth Heat, an Australian organization visiting the United States on behalf of the World Baseball Classic. The meeting not only…

Bisons and Baseball

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…

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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…

Mike Wagner had a great day, leading Battistoni Diesel to a two-game sweep during the opening of the NABF Regional Tournament on Thursday in Frederick, Md. Wagner tossed a complete-game shutout in the opener with 10 strikeouts as Diesel defeated the Frederick Flying Dogs, 5-0. Wagner and Jimmy Spano each had two hits and scored twice in the win, while teammate Jacob Vic…

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The Buffalo Bisons avoided being on the wrong end of a sweep against the Louisville Bats at home for only the second time since 2008, salvaging a 7-2 win in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field. After dropping the first two games of the series, 6-5 and 5-2, Buffalo (45-63) banged out two runs in the first inning and three more in the third to distance i…

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Niagara County Community College’s baseball program has come a long way in Matt Clingersmith’s 11 years as head coach. It has come so far, in fact, that it’s hard to believe where it once was. The Thunderwolves have qualified for the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division III World Series five times in the last nine years, the only five appea…

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To Lum Smith, it is a kind of sacred place. He made that point last week as he walked along Woodlawn Avenue in Buffalo, near the Masten Avenue intersection, even if nothing around him seemed unusual: A few old wooden houses with potted flowers on the porches, an open lot where another home once stood, the morning hum of a worker mowing a lawn at the Buffalo Academy for Vis…

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Joe Mantiply didn't find out he was starting on the mound until he got to Coca-Cola Field on Sunday morning. After Saturday's Yankees-Red Sox game took 16 innings and a whopping five hours and 50 minutes to reach its conclusion, Scranton inevitably loss some arms. Its parent club used eight pitchers to throw 245 pitches at Fenway Park on Saturday, and the Yankees promot…

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The Buffalo Bisons and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders end their series Sunday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field. Here's what you need to know: Game time: 1:05 p.m. (Gates at noon) Promotion: Princesses Day. Princesses will be stationed throughout the concourse to greet fans until the seventh inning. It's also a Kids Club Sunday and kids can run the bases after t…

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It was another gem from a Buffalo Bisons' pitcher. And another failure of the team's offense. While starter Luis Santos had an impressive outing, the Bisons couldn't get timely hits, dropping their 11th straight game to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in a 2-1 loss Saturday night at Coca-Cola Field. After giving up back-to-back hits in the second, one an unfortu…

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There was nothing ceremonial about the first pitch. He came with his own glove while sporting his Buffalo Bisons team jacket. He would pull aside a ballplayer, any ballplayer, and ask to play catch for some warm-up tosses. Jimmy Griffin wasn't there just to throw out the first pitch to open the baseball season in Buffalo. He was there to throw a strike. The former…

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There is one constant when Bobby Meacham talks about his club in Buffalo. "I don't think they can work any harder," he said. The Buffalo Bisons' manager has been pleased with the team's work ethic all season. It's not time in the cage or tweaking stances or messing around with mechanics that has the Herd starting the ceremonial second half of the season 17 1/2 games …