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The roll call of former Bisons connections managing in the big leagues has been cut by two this month with the essentially forced retirement of Terry Collins in New York and the dismissal of John Farrell in Boston. But a new name has surfaced as a potential leading candidate to join the group that now numbers five skippers. Ex-Buffalo catcher Dusty Wathan, the clubho…

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – How did you spend your summer vacation? For Norris Trophy winner Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, one of the answers would be at a Buffalo Bisons game. Burns and nearly two dozen friends and family members showed up unannounced at the Bisons' July 1 game against Syracuse in Coca-Cola Field to celebrate a bachelor party for longtime friend and To…

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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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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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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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I'm old enough to remember the days of manual typewriters, carbon paper, glue pots and air tubes in the floor to send stories to the composing room. As if it was part of an old movie reel, and not the real-life 1980s. Things are so different now that I spent part of Wednesday night live streaming a mascot race over my phone. Talk about two ends of a journalistic spectrum. …

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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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At first glance, you might think all the fuss around the Bisons' WCC Race (that's Wing, Cheese and Celery) speaks to one of those classic goofy minor-league promotions. With the buildup to Celery's final race Wednesday night growing all season, the characters in Buffalo's nightly mascot race have taken over from Buster Bison – or any of the players – as the most po…

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The quest for an elusive victory by popular mascot Celery in its final WCC race will be one highlight of the Bisons' game Wednesday against Pawtucket, but the team has a slew of other events planned for its penultimate home game as part of a 30th anniversary celebration at Coca-Cola Field. Also happening at the ballpark on Wednesday for the 7:05 p.m. game: -- The fir…

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The Bisons are celebrating their 30th anniversary at Coca-Cola Field this season and will have a blowout party on Aug. 30. This corner has been a press box denizen since the first season back in 1988, and is often asked about the best Buffalo teams we've seen. There have been 11 playoff clubs and three league champions in that span but the group from 20 years ago consis…

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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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When it comes to the Dog Days of August, the Yankees are in the throes of them. Don't let Friday's did-you-see-that comeback against the Red Sox fool you. What has been a fascinating transition season engineered by GM Brian Cashman is clearly in danger of slipping away thanks to a quiet offense and injuries on the mound. Slugger Aaron Judge entered the weekend having…

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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…