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Local celebrities added to All-Star festivities

Buffalo Sabres winger Patrick Kaleta, former Bills General Manager Bill Polian and a bevy of prizes for fans have been added to the Triple-A and Celebrity Home Run Derby slated for July 9 in Coca-Cola Field, the Buffalo Bisons announced Friday.

The team said fewer than 4,000 tickets remain for the Triple-A All-Star Game July 11 in Buffalo, and fewer than 5,000 are available for the Derby. The lineup for the Triple-A players from the International League and Pacific Coast League will be announced Tuesday; Buffalo's Valentino Pascucci is expected to be on the IL squad.

Kaleta and Polian join a lineup that already includes current and former Bills: Jim Kelly, Joe DeLamielleure and Fred Jackson, Bills CEO Russ Brandon, New England Patriots tight end and Williamsville native Rob Gronkowski and Buffalo native and Hollywood writer Nick Bakay.

The Derby will be broadcast on Time Warner Cable SportsNet at 7:30 p.m. and in several markets nationally, including virtually all of Upstate and Central New York (The game remains an MLB Network broadcast).

The team said Friday that the All-Stars will have 32 different targets or banners to shoot for, with each one representing a prize to be won by one fan, a section of fans or even every fan in attendance.
Six-foot circular targets will be placed throughout the outfield, with the bulk of the signs being hung on the 40-foot screen beyond left field. Existing ballpark signage will also represent prizes. The grand prize is a two-year lease to a 2012 Lincoln MKZ, supplied by Towne Ford Automotive, which will be awarded if the Towne Ford sign in center field is hit.

Because of the ballpark's lack of seating areas in home run country behind left and center field, a lucky seat winner will be announced after every home run to win an official 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game baseball.

Fans can purchase tickets to both events (Derby $15, All-Star Game $25) at Bisons.com or by calling (716) 843-4373. There is also a limited number of Buffalo News All-Star Four-Packs remaining. The package includes four tickets (Sections 123, 125, 126, 128), four hot dogs, four Coca-Colas and 15 percent off at Bisons gift shops at the All-Star Game for $99.

email: mharrington@buffnews.com