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Six games into his time with the Buffalo Bisons, mega prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. finally got a taste of victory. Until the second game of a doubleheader against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on Saturday night in Moosic, Pa., Guerrero had not been in the lineup for a Bisons victory. He sat out the second game of a doubleheader against Lehigh Valley on Wednesday …

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The Buffalo Bisons were perennial winners on the field for 11 years during their affiliation with the Cleveland Indians. They haven't won anything since Marty Brown ran their dugout in the early 2000s. The winningest manager in the modern era is heading back to town to relive memories from the franchise's most recent championship days, as Brown will be inducted into the…

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(Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses) 1. Boston Red Sox. Porcello looked like a Cy Young winner with 86-pitch, one-hitter against Yankees. (1) 2. Houston Astros.  Verlander piles up 14 Ks in Series rematch with Dodgers. (3) 3. New York Yankees.  Rotation is an absolute mess. (2) 4. Oakland Athletics. Laureano's MLB debut produces walkoff…

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The Buffalo Bisons game against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Friday was postponed due to rain. They will play a doubleheader Saturday, with the first game scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. This is the 14th time a Bisons game has been postponed or canceled this season and the first since June 9. Matt Tracy will pitch the doubleheader opener for the Bisons against Nestor Cortes Jr…

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In all honesty, it was the most fun that Jacob Waguespack has had pitching a baseball game all season. All right, so the loss wasn't fun. Nor the fact that Lehigh Valley got eight hits off him. But striking out 12 of his former teammates? That was definitely fun. Waguespack took the loss in his Buffalo Bisons debut Thursday afternoon as the Herd dropped a 6-4 decisio…

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Dalton Pompey has not been around the Buffalo Bisons' clubhouse this week. The reason: The outfielder has been suspended by the Toronto Blue Jays. "He's serving a suspension right now," Bisons manager Bobby Meacham said after the Herd dropped a 6-4 decision to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Thursday afternoon. "Just a team policy violation. We're all taking care of it…

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Amherst native Jonah Heim is in Double-A for the first time in his career and belted his first homer Wednesday night for Midland of the Texas League. Heim is in the Oakland chain, having been acquired by the A's as a player to be named last December in a deal that sent utility man Joey Wendle to Tampa. Heim batted a career-high .292 this year for Class A Stockton in the…

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The Buffalo Bisons used the long ball to end a three-game losing streak to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the second half of a doubleheader Wednesday night. Danny Jansen hit a two-run shot while Jonathan Davis notched his first Triple-A homer as the Herd earned a 3-2 win in front of 7,135 at Coca-Cola Field. The win came after the Bisons were shut out, 1-0, in the fir…

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Bobby Meacham shrugged off the implication that he’s under more pressure these days. As manager of the Buffalo Bisons, he is now in charge of the development of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the top prospect in all of minor league baseball. But there is no pressure for Meacham. Sure Guerrero Jr. is a special talent. But he’s also a young baseball player, trying to find his way…

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Former local high school baseball stars Dan Dallas and Leugim Castillo have earned rewards for having breakout seasons in short-season Class A. The two have been selected to participate in the Northwest-Pioneer League All-Star Game, which is Tuesday at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction, Colo. It is the first All-Star nods as professionals for Castillo, the former Lanc…

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The buzz of the night went to Vladimir Guerrero Jr., as the top prospect in minor league baseball made his Triple-A debut with the Buffalo Bisons. But the Herd fell behind, 8-0, early and could never finish a comeback in a 11-8 loss to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs at Coca-Cola Field Tuesday night. It was a rough start for Bisons pitcher Nick Tepesch, who gave up eight …

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Doesn't matter if it's the majors or Triple-A. The days roll on and on in baseball, one after the next. Days off are uber rare. From July 12-Aug. 5, for instance, the Bisons will have exactly one. This day was different. No matter what the scoreboard said during the 11-8 loss to first-place Lehigh Valley, there was a buzz at Coca-Cola Field you had to love Tuesday. I…

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The 19-year-old stood in front of the media mob, looking comfortable in an uncomfortable situation. No one likes to stand around a media scrum, a thorny push of people and cameras and cellphones turned into audio recorders, all asking questions at the same time. But this is part of the gig. It's part of being a professional baseball player. And when you're the No. 1 ran…

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has arrived. The 19-year-old third baseman met with members of the media early Tuesday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field before his Triple-A debut with the Buffalo Bisons. The native of the Dominican Republic answered questions through Blue Jays mental performance coach Rafael Dubois, a Venezuelan who translated questions and answers in Spanish. S…

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Bullpen blues Buffalo Bisons relievers had a tough stretch in Indianapolis this past weekend, racking up three blown saves in three losses over two days. Danny Smith blew a save in a 4-3 loss to the Indians in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday, then it was Tim Mayza’s turn in the 6-3 nightcap loss. On Saturday, it was Conor Fisk, suffering his third blown save,…