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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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The dormant Buffalo bats finally came alive in their last chance to do so, and Christian Lopes' three-run blast in the top of the ninth gave the Bisons enough to salvage a 6-3 win against the  Pawtucket on Monday night. Over the prior 26 innings, Buffalo had only scored three runs. In the two games prior to Monday, both losses at home to Gwinnett, the Bisons mustered o…

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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…

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After winning five in a row against the division's two best teams, the Buffalo Bisons have taken a step back this week upon hitting the road. Bobby Meacham's team salvaged the series' third game at Indianapolis on Wednesday, but the Bisons (51-67) reverted to the loss column on Thursday night in Toledo. The Mud Hens (56-61) scored runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth and ei…

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Mike Ohlman rounded first and the swarm immediately engulfed him. The Bisons' dugout emptied, and Ohlman ran into shallow right field to try and evade his teammates. Teoscar Hernandez had just sprinted across home standing up, veering left to join the mob. Such a celebration has happened sparsely at Coca-Cola Field this season. Fifth-place Buffalo trudged through abysma…

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For the first time since a 7-5 win against Pawtucket on May 19, the Bisons played extra innings at home. Buffalo had only played five total extra-inning games before Sunday, and that 13-inning win against the Red Sox almost three months ago was its only victory. With Mike Ohlman's walk-off RBI single to left that drove in Teoscar Hernandez from second in the bottom of t…

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Roemon Fields stood on first base, already knowing what he was going to do. He knew Ben Lively's leg kick. He knew exactly when he was taking off. He knew he'd make it to second. Fields has mastered the art of stealing bases for Buffalo. His seventh-inning swipe was his league-leading 34th of the year for the Bisons, who lead the league with 113 stolen bases. More than …

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The Buffalo Bisons' situation looked perilous on Saturday night. They had the lead, but Lehigh Valley was threatening. The IronPigs had runners on second and third and two outs. Logan Moore stood at the plate with his team trailing by one. A Jon Berti gaffe earlier in the inning opened the door for the IronPigs to take advantage, and Bisons southpaw Tim Mayza fell behind i…

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Teoscar Hernandez thought the ball would clear the wall. His third-inning shot to left field looked good off the bat. Hernandez seemed to trot more than run out of the box. It didn't even reach the wall. However, Lehigh Valley left fielder Andrew Pullin collided with the wall trying to make the catch on the warning track, dropping the ball and allowing Hernandez to r…

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After taking two of three from division-leading Scranton/Wilkes Barre this week, the Bisons (48-64) returned home and banged out eight runs on nine hits in a dominant 4 1/2-inning, rain-shortened 8-2 win over second-place Lehigh Valley (67-45). Second baseman Jon Berti turned a slick double play to end the top of the fifth during a torrential downpour to make the game offi…

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Maybe another matchup featured more men who went on decorated careers as major-league managers and coaches. But when the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox played in 1985, baseball masters congregated in uniform. "I'd only be guessing," former White Sox manager Tony La Russa said, "but I really do believe that was an excessive amount of guys who not only were sma…

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Billy Martin so loved shortstop Bobby Meacham that the gladiatorial New York Yankees manager didn't want to lose him for Game 74 of a 162-game schedule even to witness the birth of the Meachams' first child. The 1985 Yankees got off to a slow start, firing manager Yogi Berra after 16 games. They were chasing the Toronto Blue Jays and on the verge of sweeping a three-gam…

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Jake Elmore took one cro-hop and fired home, hitting catcher Raffy Lopez in the chest on one bounce. Darnell Sweeney didn't stand a chance at scoring and Elmore's gun-down prevented Louisville from creeping back in a game that ended up never in doubt. Three innings earlier on Sunday, in the top of the second, Elmore faced a similar scenario from his spot in left field. …