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Just over four months ago, Steve Pearce was toiling on injury rehab with the Buffalo Bisons – and even wearing a "Buffalo Wings" jersey during his two home games for the Herd. Sunday night, he was at the top of the baseball world as the most valuable player of the World Series. The Boston Red Sox dispatched the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1, with Pearce's two-run homer in…

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Feb. 28, 1948 – Oct. 18, 2018 Steven W. Nelson lived with cancer for most of a decade, but that did not stop him from continuing to show others the power of kindness, said lifelong friend Pete Hermann, who recalled a recent example. “I was getting ready to coach my final basketball game in Georgia and I hear there is someone who wants to try out for the team,” recalled…

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Fox television executives aren't the only ones who have to love a Dodgers-Red Sox World Series. Admittedly you're going to need to be willing to stay up past midnight to see the end most nights, but you'll get a chance to see some massive star power when things get underway Tuesday night in Fenway Park. There haven't been too many like these in recent years. Think of…

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Ted Wyatt, in one sentence, defined the problem the Buffalo Bisons hope they finally solved. Wyatt was there, more than 30 years ago, on the day Bisons owner Robert Rich Jr. joined such public officials as Mayor Jimmy Griffin and Gov. Mario Cuomo in breaking ground for a ballpark that touched off a national trend in throwback style. Wyatt recalled that moment by tele…

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Sahlen’s and the Buffalo Bisons have thrown a new name for the downtown ballpark onto the grill. The Bisons next season will play in Sahlen Field – note no apostrophe “S” – the stadium’s fifth sponsored name since it opened in 1988. Team and company officials announced the 10-year naming rights agreement Tuesday afternoon at the stadium, where they touted the ties be…

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Updated Oct. 9, 2018: It's not official yet: The ballpark is now Sahlen's Since the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. is not renewing its naming rights deal on Coca-Cola Field, the Buffalo Bisons stadium will get a new name starting next season. The Bisons are scheduled to announce the ballpark's new naming rights partner at a news conference at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Pu…

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(Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses) 1. Boston Red Sox. Will franchise record for victories translate to fourth World Series title in 15 years? (1) 2. Houston Astros. After another 100-win season for the champs, it will be a tough chore to beat their rotation.  (2) 3. New York Yankees. Home run record moot if they can't beat A's on Wednesd…

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With Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolina coast – and the Durham Bulls scheduled to host Games 3, 4 and 5 of the Governors' Cup finals beginning Thursday, the International League has taken pre-emptive measures to avoid the storm. The league has decided to play the entire series between the Bulls and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa…

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(Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses) 1. Boston Red Sox. Team consistency: Lead MLB in wins at home (48) and on road (49). (1) 2. Houston Astros. Struck first in potential ALCS preview series at Fenway.  (3) 3. New York Yankees. Tanaka inching ahead to bid to start wild-card game. (2) 4. Oakland Athletics. Opened Hall of Fame for 50th an…

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Baseball is making me crabby lately. With so little action at times, games are getting exceedingly dull and I hope the analytics hounds are happy with the overload of strikeout-walk-home run, strikeout-walk-home run. Shifts need to be legislated down a few notches and "The Opener" is just plain awful. Before you send me the Rays' record with relievers starting games, I …

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Buffalo Bisons third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has been named Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America, the first member of the Herd so honored by the magazine that has been the chief publication chronicling the minor leagues since its founding in 1981. Guerrero Jr. played his final 30 games of the 2018 season in Buffalo after a promotion from Double-A Ne…

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The season that began with so much promise ended with a dubious distinction for the Buffalo Bisons. The Herd closed out 2018 on an 11-game losing streak — the longest such skid in the modern era of Bisons baseball. At 61-77 overall, they finished dead last in the International League North, extending the streak of no playoff baseball in Buffalo to 13 seasons. Here's …

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Lehigh Valley was far and away the best team in the International League this season. Now can the IronPigs translate that success into a championship? Lehigh Valley opens the IL playoffs on Wednesday in Moosic, Pa., facing wild-card winner Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the best-of-five series. Meanwhile Durham and Toledo kick off their first-round series in Toledo. …

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Playoff time Well, not for Buffalo, but for other teams in the Blue Jays system. Double-A New Hampshire finished second in the Eastern League Eastern Division and meets Trenton in the divisional series. The Class-A Lansing Lugnuts will meet Bowling Green in the best-of-three first round series in the Midwest League. The Bluefield Blue Jays already went to the playof…