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TORONTO -- For openers, it could not have been a better start for Giancarlo Stanton with the New York Yankees. Two home runs to right-center field at the Rogers Centre totaling nearly 900 feet of air time. Seriously. Major statement made. The Yankees throttled the Blue Jays, 6-1, on Opening Day and easily the biggest talking point was about the booming bat that colle…

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TORONTO — Get ready for a new name to adorn the home of the Buffalo Bisons after this season. The Coca-Cola Bottling Company is not renewing its naming rights deal on Coca-Cola Field and the city will be putting the name up for bid to determine the park's fifth moniker since it opened in 1988. "Beginning in 2019, the Bisons and Coca-Cola are excited to extend our lon…

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TORONTO – In the hours leading to his debut as a big-league manager, Aaron Boone insisted he wasn't nervous. Even though he's now wearing the massive responsibility as the skipper of the New York Yankees. "I'm doing all right actually. Compared to being a player, I was more anxious at this moment as a player," Boone said Thursday afternoon in Rogers Centre, a couple hou…

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Ben Wagner has watched hundreds of players get the call to the major leagues over his 11 seasons as the play-by-play voice of the Buffalo Bisons. Now he's the one getting the call. Wagner was named the new radio voice of the parent Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday. “It is a dream come true, and a lot of years in the making,” said Wagner. Wagner, 37, will be replacing …

Extra innings will have a new look in minor league baseball this season and Buffalo Bisons general manager Mike Buczkowski is not happy with the change, which is a massive upheaval to baseball traditionalists. As part of the pace-of-play initiatives pushed by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, all extra-inning games will have a runner placed at second base at the start of ea…

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Former Canisius College pitcher John Axford, who has spent most of the last eight years in the big leagues, has signed a minor-league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays that includes an invitation to the team's major-league camp. The contract means Axford could pitch for the Buffalo Bisons this season if he does not make the Blue Jays' major-league roster. Axford, 34, i…

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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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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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TORONTO -- Rebuild and contend in the same year. It's usually a foolish thing to try. It's viewed by most as staying down the middle without making a real decision. But it's exactly what the New York Yankees did this year. Lo and behold, they got it right. The Yankees are going to the postseason, no small accomplishment given all they've endured this season. Saturday…

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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 battle of Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famers turned managers, Torey Lovullo has sent Dave Roberts a mighty big message come October. Lovullo's Arizona Diamondbacks have become the talk of the National League. Roberts' Los Angeles Dodgers, once on the road to breaking the all-time record of 116 wins in a season, have become a sudden enigma. The Diamondbacks had a …

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TORONTO -- Whether it's because of injuries, ineffectiveness or maybe even trades, you can't figure to go an entire season with just five starting pitchers. Since they affiliated with the Buffalo Bisons in 2013, the Toronto Blue Jays have bucked that trend and have mostly done exactly that. But fate caught up to them this year and their lack of pitching depth at the top…

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TORONTO -- This was how things were supposed to look this year in the American League East. The Blue Jays were dominating, Josh Donaldson was mashing, the Yankees were stumbling and the postseason would be headed north of the border for the third straight October. Now, that's probably not going to be the case. But the Blue Jays are still at least on the periphery to mak…