If you're a fan of Yankees prospects in Western New York, there is going to be no shortage of opportunities for you see the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre club in 2012. The Baby Yankees are barnstorming next season while a $40 million renovation of PNC Field is completed, and announced a six-city schedule of "home sites" for the 72 home games on their schedule Friday afternoon.
The biggest news in the arrangement is that six Scranton home games against the Bisons will be played in Coca-Cola Field, with the Bisons batting first as the visiting team and the Yankees batting as the home team. Those games will be played May 24-27 and Aug. 20-21.
Buffalo's other two road games against Scranton (July 7-8) will be played at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse, with the Herd again batting as the visitors.
The big news announced Friday was that Scranton will play 37 home games at Frontier Field in Rochester and seven at tiny Dwyer Stadium in Batavia (April 20-23 against Norfolk, May 5-6 against Pawtucket and June 12 against Louisville).
In addition to the six games in Buffalo, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will also play 10 "home" games in Syracuse, eight in Lehigh Valley, and four in Pawtucket.
The schedule adjustments mean the Bisons will actually play 78 games downtown next season, a year that will also see them host the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 11. The additional Scranton games mean Buffalo will be home for 16 straight games (May 15-31) and for 17 games in a 19-game stretch from Aug. 10-28.
Scranton had been hoping to play its entire home schedule at one site and had settled on Newark, N.J., but the New York Mets blocked that move last week, citing territorial rights.