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The Buffalo Bisons on Thursday announced that RHP Aaron Sanchez and OF Melky Mesa have been promoted to the club from Double-A New Hampshire.
 
The Blue Jays also announced that they have released LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith and traded OF Matt Tuiasosopo to the Chicago White Sox for cash considerations. OF Kenny Wilson and RHP Gregory Infante have also been shipped to Double-A New Hampshire.
 

The Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame announced last week that former Bisons manager Eric Wedge, former Bisons outfielder Greg Tubbs and long-time Buffalo-area scout Bob Miske have been elected to the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame.
 
Wedge, Tubbs and Miske will be formally inducted during special Hall of Fame ceremonies before the Bisons 7:05 p.m. game on July 11 against the Durham Bulls.
 

Congratulations to Buffalo Bisons outfielder Kevin Pillar, named International League Batter of the Week for the period of April 28 through May 4. This marks the first weekly award this season for the Bisons.

The 2014 season is under way, and the Buffalo Bisons are once again planning some outstanding promotional events. Here are just some of the highlights:

• Home Run Derby Night, May 30
• Star Wars Night, June 7
• Zombie Night, June 27
• Independence Eve Celebration with the BPO, July 3
• County Night, July 11
• Family Camp Out, Aug. 1
• Mystery Ball Night, Aug. 21
• Chicken Wing Bobble Head Giveaway, Aug. 23
• Fan Appreciation Night, Aug. 26

I had the opportunity to watch the Mets this Spring Training in games against the Cards, couple of times against the high ranking Nationals, the Braves and the Tigers. I was also able to talk with some of the coaches about this year's team, the new acquisitions, the trades and the status of the prospects in the minor league. We also went over briefly the state of finances of the organization, etc.

Congratulations to Buffalo Bisons manager Marty Brown who earned his 300th victory as manager of the Bisons Saturday as the Herd defeated the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 6-2, at PNC Field.
 
Brown, who managed the Bisons to three straight winning records from 2003-2005, becomes the first manager to win 300 games in the club’s modern era. His 300 wins are the seventh most in the 128-year history of professional baseball in Buffalo.
 

Another big name Toronto Blue Jays player is heading to Buffalo for a little rehab. Pitcher J.A. Happ is scheduled to make his next MLB injury rehabilitation start with the Buffalo Bisons on Tuesday, July 23, against the Columbus Clippers at 7:05 p.m.

Instead of Where's Waldo we are going to play a game it seems we play every offseason the last couple of years: Where is Dwight Howard going next?

The Buffalo Bisons announced this week that the radio home for Toronto Blue Jays baseball, Sportsnet 590 The Fan, will carry the live broadcast of eight Buffalo Bisons games this summer.
 
The simulcast schedule will begin on Monday, July 1 as the Bisons, the Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, face the Charlotte Knights at 7:15 p.m.
 

Another fan favorite is returning to Coca-Cola Field as the Buffalo Bisons announced the return of Alfred State Movie Night with a free showing of “Monsters, Inc.” on the BisonsTV HD Scoreboard. The event will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, July 5.


 
This is the third consecutive year the Bisons will welcome families and fans to the ballpark for a free moving showing on the Coca-Cola Field scoreboard. There is no admission charge and fans can either sit on the first base side seating area or bring a blanket and sit on the field to watch the movie.

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes will join the Buffalo Bisons on Friday, June 21 as part of his Major League injury rehab assignment. Reyes is scheduled to play three games with the Bisons, Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23.


 
The Bisons host the Durham Bulls on Friday with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. Saturday is the team’s annual Star Wars Night at 6:05 p.m. while Sunday’s contest is a Busters Kids Club Sunday afternoon game with a 1:05 p.m. first pitch.

Now that the warmer months are upon us, “Play ball” is being heard at baseball parks across North America. And if you just can’t get enough of America’s favorite pastime, you may want to head north of the border for very special baseball event taking place on June 28 in nearby London, Ontario.

 

 Have you ever wanted to ask a particular player a question but didn't have access to him? Curious about why a coach made a particular decision. Wondering where the nets go after the game? 

 

Let Sports & Leisure be your eyes, ears and mouth during our continued coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Game one of the Stanley Cup Finals started in Chicago at 7:22pm with raucous applause and ended the same way over four and half hours later as Andrew Shaw pushed a double deflection past Tuukka Rask in the third overtime. As cheers of "Let's go Hawks!" turned into "Let's go Home!," this Buffalo boy was not sad to see a very good Bruins team dispatched in such dramatic fashion. It may not make up for the 1999 Finals, the second longest game in Stanley Cup history, but this game was one for the ages and indicative of how closely matched these two teams are.

The Buffalo Bisons and Entercom Radio announced last week that WGR SportsRadio 550 AM will carry the live broadcast of 10 Buffalo Bisons games this season. The 10-game schedule will include select Saturday games during the 2013 season.
 


The 10-game schedule began on Saturday, June 1. WGR will air four consecutive Saturday games, June 1-22 and then six more Saturday games, July 13 through Aug. 17.

Applications are still being accepted for the “Love Everybody 5K Walk/Run” taking place on Saturday, June 15, at Northwood Elementary School, 250 Northwood Ave., West Seneca. The event is being held in memory of Devin Miller, a sixth grade student at Northwood and an avid runner who lost his life in December 2012 after being struck by a car.

 

The MLB draft this year will start Thurs.,June 6, when the first 2 rounds are held. The next day rounds 3 thru 10 will be held. On Sat., rounds 11 thru 40 will be held. Here is some data from Baseball Amer. on only the top national and WNY draft prospects. Historically, some 45-55% of the draftees come from California, Florida and Texas, so we have identified the general numbers by position and these 3 States. Baseball Amer. selected the top 194 draft prospects for 10 positions, catchers, first basemen, second basemen, etc.

The Toronto Blue Jays today announced that they have recalled outfielder Anthony Gose from the Buffalo Bisons. To make room, RHP Mickey Storey has been optioned to Buffalo.


 
Gose has played in a team-high 40 games for the Bisons this year and has hit .227 (35-154) with five doubles, two triples, two home runs and 12 RBI. His 36 runs scored are six more than any player in the International League and he has five stolen bases in nine attempts. One of those stolen bases was a straight steal of home on May 7 against the Norfolk Tides.

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