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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington has covered the Sabres, MLB, the Bisons, college basketball and high schools since joining The News in 1987. He is a National Baseball Hall of Fame voter, a 2013 inductee into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame and the chairman of the Buffalo chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.


For Bisons outfielder Will Pennyfeather, enough is enough.He was bombed during winter ball in Venezuela. He was a bomb during spring training with the Pittsburgh Pirates.This summer, he doesn't intend to let his first full Triple A season go bust.The 24-year-old Pennyfeather is honing his skills as Buffalo's leadoff hitter after being targeted as a Pirates disappointment b…

Yes, there are 138 games left in the season. No, it's not time to panic.But the cold reality is this: The Buffalo Bisons have opened the 1993 season with their worst homestand in Pilot Field history.The Herd fell to 1-5 with a 4-2 loss to the Iowa Cubs Tuesday afternoon before an announced crowd of 11,097.After collecting eight runs on 12 hits in the season opener against…

The Buffalo Bisons have faith in Daryl Irvine because he had 47 saves the past three years for the Pawtucket Red Sox.When the Pittsburgh Pirates traded infielder Jeff Richardson for the right-hander late in spring training, the Bucs knew they were getting an experienced veteran who could become a valuable reinforcement for the major-league level.But Irvine's two outings fo…

Little things.Get the bunt down. Throw strikes. Communicate.So basic, yet so important.The Buffalo Bisons didn't do them at key times Sunday night, and the big picture was a 5-2 loss to the Iowa Cubs at frosty Pilot Field.The Cubs earned the win with a three-run ninth off Buffalo reliever Joel Johnston (0-1).It started when Johnston issued back-to-back walks to Greg Lonigr…

Catcher Mike LaValliere's departure from Pittsburgh means Tom Prince won't be shuffling to Buffalo any more.The Pirates placed the 32-year-old LaValliere on waivers Sunday for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release. Thus, Prince is now the Bucs' backup to Don Slaught.Pittsburgh is activating pitcher Dave Otto today from extended spring training. Before Sunday…

The mystery member of the Buffalo rotation had a rugged start in his Triple A debut Saturday.But 24-year-old left-hander Rich Robertson persevered to go six innings in Buffalo's 4-1 loss to Omaha at Pilot Field.Robertson, the Pirates' ninth-round selection in the 1990 draft, was 6-7 with a 3.03 earned-run average last year at Double A Carolina and 3-0, 3.41 at Class A Sale…

The Buffalo Bisons provided the Omaha Royals a boatload of chances to score Saturday at soggy Pilot Field. Given the sink-or-swim nature of the opportunities, the visitors made sure to stay afloat.The result was a 4-1 Omaha victory that gave the Royals two victories in the three-game, season-opening series.The Royals had nine hits and drew six walks from three Buffalo pitc…

It's hard to imagine a season opener going any better.The Buffalo Bisons were true to their preseason scouting report Thursday afternoon as they clubbed the Omaha Royals, 8-1, at Pilot Field.This team won't resemble the offensive juggernaut of last year's 130-home run outfit. What it does have is some quality hitters, a deep pitching staff and a dependable defense.Those fa…

Dave Rohde learned one thing about Pilot Field in Thursday's season opener. It's not a thin-air bandbox like those he has seen the past four years in the Pacific Coast League.Nevertheless, Rohde was undeterred. He could be one of Buffalo's top hitters this season, and he disappointed no one with a 3-for-3 performance in the Herd's 8-1 victory over the Omaha Royals."It feel…

Doc Edwards has been in baseball since 1958. Never has he been so eager to start a season.Today, Edwards managed the Buffalo Bisons in their season opener against the Omaha Royals at Pilot Field. Just three months ago, he was in Buffalo General Hospital undergoing quadruple-bypass surgery.Everything was going right for Edwards last Dec. 29. He was preparing for a Caribbe…

Roy Smith shakes his head in amazement while talking about it, but he understands baseball is a funny game. Once a 10-game winner for the Minnesota Twins, the 31-year-old pitcher's career hit the unemployment line last year.Thursday afternoon, Smith's fortunes take a dramatic upswing when he steps to the Pilot Field mound as the Opening Day pitcher for the Buffalo Bisons.T…

Veteran right-hander Roy Smith will be the Buffalo Bisons' starting pitcher for Thursday's season opener at Pilot Field against Omaha, the team announced Sunday.The 31-year-old Smith was out of baseball last year after being released by Baltimore following the 1991 season. He was 3-1 with a 3.15 earned-run average this spring. In 20 innings, Smith struck out 11, walked fou…

The Buffalo Bisons wrapped up their exhibition schedule with another win Saturday. Far from being finished is the final composition of the Herd's roster.The Bisons ended spring training with an 8-2-2 record thanks to an 8-2 win over the Portland Beavers at the Minnesota Twins' Lee County complex. Prior to the game, the team announced several moves that leave its roster at…

THE BUFFALO Bisons must love this. There have been so many changes in the American Association since the end of last season that program sales are bound to go through the roof.For starters, there are switches in Association parent clubs for the first time since 1988.Buffalo's top Eastern Division rivals, the Indianapolis Indians, joined the Cincinnati Reds' system after Mo…

In just one day, the Florida Marlins will play their inaugural regular-season game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. So will the Colorado Rockies, who will debut against the New York Mets.The Buffalo Bisons won't play until Thursday. In Triple A. Against the Omaha Royals. At upper deck-less Pilot Field.Oh, what a week this might have been."There's no question there's a temp…