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Third baseman Josh Donaldson is closing in on a return to the Toronto Blue Jays' lineup and the former American League most valuable player's path to the roster could include a stint this weekend in Coca-Cola Field. The Blue Jays are pondering an injury rehab stint for Donaldson with the Buffalo Bisons perhaps as soon as Friday night, Toronto manager John Gibbons told r…

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If you're waiting for the parent Toronto Blue Jays to send mega-prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. from Double-A New Hampshire to Buffalo, you're going to have to continue to sit tight. Baseball's No. 1 prospect was put on the seven-day disabled list by the Blue Jays on Thursday and has been sent to the team's complex in Dunedin, Fla., for evaluation on a left knee injury. …

Bisons and Baseball

They said it What's the best part of the Bisons' "Buffalo Wings" uniforms? Manager Bobby Meacham: "Bisons I get. But Buffalo Wings? The name. Yeah. The wing helps that 'B' out. The blue cheese right in the middle, the green socks for the celery. All together." Outfielder Roemon Fields: "Those green socks because I like to wear my pants up." Catcher Danny Jansen…

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TORONTO — The Boston Red Sox are a team you're still trying to figure out. Are they the group that burst from the scene 17-2, giving Alex Cora the best start for a rookie manager since 1900? Or are they the team that entered Saturday just 9-10 in their last 19 and having already blown the 7 1/2-game lead they built on the Yankees in mid-April? The answer probably lies s…

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At 19, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is tearing up the Double-A Eastern League in New Hampshire and seems on the fast track to Buffalo – and maybe even Toronto. The son of the Hall of Famer entered the weekend at .388-3-27 in 22 games. His slashline was .388/.452/.624 and his OPS was at 1.075 OPS. "His performance on the field, certainly offensively, has been really good, reall…

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Torey Lovullo's team started ultra-fast and looked like the favorite in the National League. Dave Roberts' team was injury riddled and looking like it was dealing with a serious World Series hangover. Then came some oddly-timed bravado from Roberts. Maybe the fortunes of the two NL West managers who are Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famers are going in different directions. …

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The Buffalo Bisons have kicked off their sixth annual "Blue Jays Weekend" promotion with some big news – a two-year extension of their player development contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto's top farmhands, who first came to Buffalo in 2013, will now be here through the 2020 season. The current agreement was to expire after this season. “Having a strong Major …

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One word to describe April? That's easy. Brrrrrrrrrr. It was a bizarre month on the diamond anyway but the weather made it even more difficult for a lot of teams in the majors and minors. There was snow during games in places like Chicago, Pittsburgh and Kansas City, temperatures in the 40s in Texas and so much snow in Minnesota that the Twins entered the weekend hav…

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TORONTO -- For openers, it could not have been a better start for Giancarlo Stanton with the New York Yankees. Two home runs to right-center field at the Rogers Centre totaling nearly 900 feet of air time. Seriously. Major statement made. The Yankees throttled the Blue Jays, 6-1, on Opening Day and easily the biggest talking point was about the booming bat that colle…

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TORONTO — Get ready for a new name to adorn the home of the Buffalo Bisons after this season. The Coca-Cola Bottling Company is not renewing its naming rights deal on Coca-Cola Field and the city will be putting the name up for bid to determine the park's fifth moniker since it opened in 1988. "Beginning in 2019, the Bisons and Coca-Cola are excited to extend our lon…

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TORONTO – In the hours leading to his debut as a big-league manager, Aaron Boone insisted he wasn't nervous. Even though he's now wearing the massive responsibility as the skipper of the New York Yankees. "I'm doing all right actually. Compared to being a player, I was more anxious at this moment as a player," Boone said Thursday afternoon in Rogers Centre, a couple hou…

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Ben Wagner has watched hundreds of players get the call to the major leagues over his 11 seasons as the play-by-play voice of the Buffalo Bisons. Now he's the one getting the call. Wagner was named the new radio voice of the parent Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday. “It is a dream come true, and a lot of years in the making,” said Wagner. Wagner, 37, will be replacing …

Extra innings will have a new look in minor league baseball this season and Buffalo Bisons general manager Mike Buczkowski is not happy with the change, which is a massive upheaval to baseball traditionalists. As part of the pace-of-play initiatives pushed by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, all extra-inning games will have a runner placed at second base at the start of ea…

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Former Canisius College pitcher John Axford, who has spent most of the last eight years in the big leagues, has signed a minor-league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays that includes an invitation to the team's major-league camp. The contract means Axford could pitch for the Buffalo Bisons this season if he does not make the Blue Jays' major-league roster. Axford, 34, i…

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The roll call of former Bisons connections managing in the big leagues has been cut by two this month with the essentially forced retirement of Terry Collins in New York and the dismissal of John Farrell in Boston. But a new name has surfaced as a potential leading candidate to join the group that now numbers five skippers. Ex-Buffalo catcher Dusty Wathan, the clubho…