The Islanders host their second to last regular season game at Nassau Coliseum tonight. The Sabres will face the Isles one final time in Nassau County. The game is available on MSG Plus, as well as WRHU 88.7 FM and LI News Radio 103.9 FM.

Tonight will be the final time the Sabres and Isles meet this season. The Islanders are 1-0-1 against Buffalo this season, having lost in overtime in December and winning 3-2 in February.The Sabres have won two of their last three games and Brian Gionta has scored eight points in the last 10 outings.

Buffalo will start Andrey Markarov in net tonight, which will be his NHL debut.

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Recap:?The Islanders jumped out to a 3-0 lead and were able to fend the Sabres off in route to a 3-2 victory.

Need to know: Colin McDonald got the scoring started quickly in the first period to put the Islanders in front. Anders Lee and Mikhail Grabovski each added a goal in the second period to make it a 3-0 game.

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The Giants have requested, and received, permission to interview Buffalo Bills defensive line coach Pepper Johnson for their defensive coordinator position (Holroyd, Jan. 10).

After spending 13 seasons coaching various defensive positions with the New England Patriots, he spent last season serving as the Buffalo Bills defensive line coach. Johnson has ties with the Giants organization, he played?linebacker for them from 1986-92 and won two Super Bowls with the team.

"I would have to calm down my emotions, but I would love that opportunity," Johnson said regarding a potential return to the Giants.

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The New Jersey Devils defeated the Buffalo Sabres by a score of 1-0 on an overtime goal by Steve Bernier. The win brings the Devils record back to .500 at 11-11-5, good for fourth place in the Metropolitan Division.

The least you should know:?


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New Jersey Devils?vs Buffalo Sabres - 7:00 pm

Prudential Center - Newark, New Jersey

TV:?MSG ?Radio:?WFAN 660 am, 101.9

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The Jets took a little excursion tonight in Buffalo before the team's game against the Bills at 1PM tomorrow. ?Per Brian Costello of the New York Post, coach Rex Ryan pulled a Frank Reynolds and took out his guys for steaks and skeeball at the Buffalo Dave & Buster's.

According to a source, Rex Ryan canceled the team?s normal pregame offensive and defensive meetings and the team went to ?Dave & Buster?s,? the chain arcade/restaurant a few miles from the team?s hotel.

It is highly unusual for a team to skip their preparation the night before a game and could be perceived as a lack of respect for the Bills. Ryan still conducted the full team meeting where he gives his motivational talk, but the team skipped its final game-planning sessions.

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Got a?Case of the Mondays? Fear not! Columnist and TheJetsBlog Podcast co-host?Corey Griffin?has you covered every?Monday?morning with thoughts, ideas and opinions about all things Jets.Evaluating the AFC playoff picture through only 10 weeks is akin to watching an 87-year-old put together a puzzle without his glasses. It looks a little jumbled, there?s definitely some pieces missing and it?ll probably be a while before the picture looks coherent.

For all their dominance, the Broncos are buoyed by a 38-year-old quarterback with failing legs. Their chief rival for the No. 1 seed, undefeated Kansas City, is not nearly as imposing as their record, despite a No. 1 scoring defense and Jamaal Charles? MVP campaign. The Patriots, when healthy, look like the AFC?s best team, but they won?t be 100 percent any time this season. Meanwhile, the Colts were just worked in their own building by a Brian Schottenheimer and Kellen Clemens-led offense and the Bengals continue to ebb and flow on Andy Dalton?s schizophrenic arm (and head).

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Case of the Mondays, Corey Griffin, Geno Smith, jets, Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets, nfl, NFL playoffs, Ny Jets, Oakland Raiders, Opinion, Rex Ryan, san diego chargers, Tennessee Titans, Wildcard, Brian Bassett
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Doug Marrone, the former Syracuse head coach who was hired this winter to do the same for the Buffalo Bills, is feeling bittersweet about his first selection in the this year's NFL Draft: Florida State QB EJ Manuel.

Bills' GM Buddy Nix and Marrone both agreed the Bills needed to start over at QB and made the decision to take Manuel over Ryan Nassib, Marrone's QB at Syracuse, to lead their club into the future. Many felt that player would be Nassib, but the Bills needed to start this new chapter in their history with the right player under center.

"I don?t think I was very conflicted," Marrone said when asked about taking Manuel over Nassib. "I think that at the end of the day there are a lot of good quarterbacks in the draft and we were able to take the best quarterback that we felt fit us here in our situation in Buffalo."

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Even though the Devils' 2013 season is over, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey's playoff history.

On April 29...

1994- Claude Lemieux's power-play goal at 13:49 of the second period proves to be the game-winner in New Jersey's 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres in game 7 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Tags: Brian Gionta, Buffalo Sabres, Claude Lemieux, Colin White, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Notes, PATRIK ELIAS, Toronto Maple Leafs
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Even though the Devils' playoff chances are finished for 2013, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey's playoff history.

On April 27...

1994-?Dave Hannan scores the game's only goal at 5:43 of the first overtime, lifting the Buffalo Sabres to a 1-0 win over the Devils in game six of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

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Even though the Devils' playoff chances are finished for 2013, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey's playoff history.

On April 25...

1993- Claude Lemieux scores two goals, and Chris Terreri stopped 30 of 31 shots as New Jersey staved off elimination with a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Patrick Division semifinals at Brendan Byrne Arena. The Devils lost 5-3 in game five and were eliminated by the Pens.

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The Devils helped themselves on Thursday night.

Unfortunately for them and their fans, that's the only help they got.

New Jersey remains six back of eighth place now with only five games remaining. The Devils' 3-0 win in Philadelphia kept them alive in the playoff hunt with five games left but did them no other good.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Scoreboard Watching, Winnipeg Jets
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Down six points with just six games left, it's time for the Devils to start helping themselves.

We can go over the scenarios every day, but without New Jersey wins it doesn't matter. The Devils are 0-6-4 in their last 10 yet are still mathematically alive.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Scoreboard Watching, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets
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Yesterday, we talked about the Devils had to stop worrying about what other teams were doing and just win a game. Well, that didn't happen. They didn't even get an overtime point and now likely have to go 6-1 the rest of the way to make the playoffs, which includes a two-game sweep of the Rangers in the final week.

So tonight, the Devils have no choice but to sit back and root for the other teams. The Senators are off tonight, but they're completely out of reach. The Islanders are not "untouchable" but they're a pretty difficult team to catch.

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It's getting late fast for the Devils.

New Jersey's 5-4 loss to Boston Wednesday leaves it in dire straits. The Devils trail the three-way tie for sixth by four points with only eight games left.

The only solace New Jersey can take is it will have destiny in its own hands. The Devils will meet Ottawa Friday in a crucial affair at Prudential Center. Three of New Jersey's final eight will be against the Rangers and Sens.

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The Devils are down to nine games to make a postseason run.

New Jersey trails the eighth-placed Rangers by just two points with 17 days left. The Devils are four points behind the two-way tie for sixth between Ottawa and the Islanders.

The Isles and Senators seem to be going in opposite directions. Ottawa's lost five straight-- including a 3-2 loss in Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Islanders are 7-2-1 in their last 10 and knocked off Philadelphia 4-1 on Tuesday in Uniondale, N.Y.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Scoreboard Watching, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets
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The Toronto Maple Leafs, who seemingly doomed the Devils' playoff hopes just three days ago, have renewed life into New Jersey's postseason chances.

The Leafs' 4-3 regulation win over the Rangers at Air Canada Centre kept New Jersey within two points of both seventh and eighth in the East with only 18 regular-season days remaining.

With New Jersey idle again tonight, the team and fans can root for the Flyers and Lightning. Philadelphia, still clinging to faint-playoff life, will be on Long Island for a date with the Isles. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, will try to deal the reeling Senators their fifth-straight loss.

Tags: Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Scoreboard Watching, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets
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Tags: Around The Links, Buffalo Sabres, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, Ilya Kovalchuk, Lou Lamoriello, MARK FAYNE, New Jersey Devils

There are a few new names in the standings today.

The Devils also find themselves in an unfamiliar position: outside the East's top eight.

Five straight losses, two of which came in regulation, coupled with the Islanders' sudden hot streak, have left New Jersey on the outside looking into the playoff party.

Tags: Buffalo Sabres, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Scoreboard Watching, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets
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Look at those standings.

With the Devils' 5-4 shootout loss to Tampa Bay, there are now seven teams within four points of eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

It makes for a thrilling final three-and-a-half weeks left of this season.

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Stefan Matteau played just 5:11 of ice time in Saturday night's 2-1 loss to Montreal.

Less than 24 hours later, according to Mikael Lalancette of Quebec's TVA Sports, Matteau was shipped back to juniors on Sunday.

Matteau netted just one goal and had two assists in 17 games with New Jersey. The 19-year old was a healthy scratch for three straight games before Saturday and had not recorded a point since New Jersey's loss in Buffalo on March 2.

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Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

Bounce after bounce after bounce didn't go the Devils' way for two-plus periods Thursday night ... until they did. A rebound ended up right back on Adam Henrique's stick, same with Patrik Elias and then Elias had what might have been the biggest goal of the season (albeit a shootout score). Finally, the streak is over, hopefully for the Devils the pressure is off and? they can get back to playing a complete hockey game. Hopefully. Some thoughts...

Best player on the ice: The Devils aren't anywhere close to being in position to win that game if not for Johan Hedberg. Moose has taken a lot of heat during this losing streak -- and deservedly so. But tonight he was everything the Devils needed him to be. Hedberg was calm in the face of pressure, excellent with his positioning and made a couple saves he probably had no right making. He also got a few breaks (and caught a few posts, particularly in OT), but you tend to get those breaks when you're playing well. One of the more impressive aspects of his game tonight was his puck movement. After a couple early snafus, including one that led to him committing a penalty in the first period, Hedberg settled down with the puck on his stick and directly set up at least two legitimate scoring chances for the Devils. It's a small thing that Martin Brodeur usually excels at and it helps the Devils' defensemen move the puck up the ice without asking guys like Bryce Salvador to carry it end to end. Pete DeBoer had no doubt that Hedberg would eventually settle down and reward his patience in the veteran and tonight, DeBoer's faith paid off. The question now is whether this is a blip in the radar against a team that's OK at best or whether it's a sign of things to come. The Devils need it to be the latter because it doesn't appear that Brodeur is coming back from his back injury anytime soon. Hedberg doesn't have to win games like he did tonight, but he has to play well enough and not give up bad goals so the Devils are at least in games and have a chance to win.

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Can Johan Hedberg and the Devils redeem themselves against the Sabres and stop the skid?

Who:? Buffalo Sabres at New Jersey Devils

When: 7:00 p.m. ET; Pregame show at 6:30 p.m. ET

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  • A slew of links from the Devils' 4-3 shootout loss in Buffalo-- New Jersey's fourth straight defeat. (Fire & Ice) (NJ.com) (AP).
  • Andrei Loktionov's goal Saturday was his for the fourth in five games. He has a five-game point streak, and Rich Chere examines how valuable his acquisition has been.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins engaged in a shootout-- a more traditional one-- in Montreal last night, as well. (NHL.c0m)
  • Ryan O'Reilly will make his season debut Sunday when the Avalanche play at Columbus.
Tags: Andrei Loktionov, Around The Links, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, Ryan O'Reilly


Mulcahy's Corner

?Former UConn defensive tackle and SNY studio analyst Sean Mulcahy previews UConn vs. Buffalo.

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The Mets are one step closer to placing their AAA baseball team in Las Vegas for at least the next two years.

Tuesday, the Houston Astros and the Oklahoma City Redhawks extended their PDC for two more years, while the Nashville Sounds and the Milwaukee Brewers did the same. ?The Marlins and New Orleans Zephyrs already extended their relationship through 2014.

There are only four AAA teams without a PDC for 2013: Buffalo, Las Vegas, Memphis and Tucson. Memphis is Cardinals' country and a lock to resign with St. Louis. Tucson is a Padres affiliate, and surely will resign. That leaves the Blue Jays and Mets on the Major League side and the Bisons and Las Vegas 51s on the AAA side. At least the 51s have a sweet new logo (pictured at right).

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Prepare for some Wildcateering this weekend when the Jets face off against the Buffalo Bills this weekend at MetLife Stadium! ?Yesterday Rex Ryan told reporters that the Jets will plan to use the plays in their Week One matchup against the Bills.

"I think if we don't," Ryan said, "everybody's going to be like, 'Wait a second. You guys have been saying about this Wildcat, and we haven't even seen one snap of it.' But, sure, we're going to run some Wildcat. There's no doubt."

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The New York Jets are preparing themselves for their Week One opponent, the Buffalo Bills, there are plenty of soundbites from Jets players like Mike DeVito, Siona Po'uha, Stephen Hill and more.

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Film Room, joe mcknight, Mike Devito, New York Jets, Video, Rex Ryan, sione pouha, Stephen Hill, Wildcat, Brian Bassett

Labor Day marks not just the end of summer, and a wonderful day for going to the beach, but the end of the minor league baseball regular season for the four full-season levels: AAA, AA, advanced-A and A. That leaves two Mets affiliates still playing baseball, the Brooklyn Cyclones and St. Lucie Mets.

The Brooklyn Cyclones are closing in on a wild-card berth, with a magic number of one to clinch a playoff spot with two games to play.

The St. Lucie Mets, who set a new franchise-high for wins in a season at 83-52, begin the best-of-three Division Series on the road in Jupiter Tuesday. The series shifts to St. Lucie for game two on Wednesday, and if necessary, game three on Thursday.

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AAA: Buffalo Bisons 8, @ Rochester Red Wings (MIN) 5?

3B Zach Lutz was 1-for-5 with an RBI in his final game of the year in AAA. The Mets recalled Lutz and C Mike Nickeas after the game. The 26-year old Lutz has hit .299/.410/.496 this year in AAA with 10 homers in 72 games. He's never been able to stay on the field, but when he's played in the minors, he's hit. He's played both third and first, but is a below average defender at third, his primary position. He might be a decent right-handed hitting bench bat.

2B Jordany Valdespin (.286/.335/.415 - 37 games) was 2-for-4 with a walk, his third straight game with a free pass.

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AAA: Buffalo Bisons 10, @ Rochester Red Wings 3?

Maybe it's taken Jeurys Familia the better part of a AAA season to figure it out. His line Thursday: 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 1 WP - 61% strikes. The nine strikeouts tied a season-high. After walking at least three batters in each of his first six starts of the year and eight of his first nine, Familia has walked one batter or fewer in three of his last four outings.

His combined line in his last four starts: 25 IP, 27 H, 11 R, 10 ER, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 7 BB, 28 K. That's a 3.60 ERA, a 4 K/BB and an opponents' batting average of .270. It's not dominant, but it's much, much better than the early season version of Familia who had an ERA above five in April and July and right around 4.50 in May and June. Crucially, he's 22 making him younger still than many players in Savannah or St. Lucie.

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AAA: Rochester Red Wings 6, @ Buffalo Bisons 1?

After rolling through the first two innings, Jenrry Mejia lost his command in the third inning when allowed three walks and four runs. The first scored on a bases-loaded walk, and the next three on a bases loaded triple.

His final line: 6 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K. He threw 65% of his pitches (57 of 88) for strikes. He induced eight groundouts.

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Zack Wheeler was brilliant in game one of a doubleheader on Sunday in a 1-0 win. His line: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. He threw 66% of his pitches (65 of 98) for strikes. It was far and away his best outing in his five tries in triple-A for the Bisons.

I caught a few pitches early in the game on Bisons.tv, but apparently, he held his mid-90s velocity into the seventh. His curveball was sharp early.

Wally Backman, his skipper was impressed:

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AAA: Scranton/WB Yankees 6, @ Buffalo Bisons 4

Jeurys Familia was bad early, but steadied himself and finished six innings. He allowed five runs in the first that started: single, homer, double, single, wild pitch, wild pitch, E6, single... Then, after a single and a double accounted for a run in teh second inning, he righted himself and retired 14 of the final 16 batters he faced. Which is the real pitcher? Both, really. His final line: 6 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR. He's not really close to contributing in the big leagues, but his final five innings have to be an encouraging sign in a second half in which he has cut his walk rate from 14% in 18 starts before the All-Star Break to 9% after.

Once again, Lucas Duda, who was 1-for-5 with a double, played leftfield. I guess the Mets were not serious about having him reacclimate himself ?to firstbase.

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AAA: Scranton/WB Yankees 4, @ Buffalo Bisons 3?(11 innings)

The Bisons had a 3-1 lead in the seventh, but the bullpen could not hold a lead. Sound familiar?

RHP Armando Rodriguez made the spot start for the Bisons after working the vast majority of the year out of the Binghamton bullpen. His line: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. Rodriguez has been on and off the Mets' 40-man roster in the last year and went unclaimed when he was exposed to waivers.

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I was trying to get away from daily recaps and focus on more big-picture stuff, but every time I do that, I'm reminded when I look at the box scores everyday, that the games really do matter. Everyday. We'll just have to do both.

For example, Wednesday's development at the upper levels was Jenrry Mejia's best start since his return to the Bisons rotation.


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RHP Zack Wheeler, the Mets top prospect made his fourth start for AAA Buffalo in the teams' 4-2 loss to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on Tuesday. Wheeler did not allow a hit until Eduardo Nunez fisted a single over the right side of the infield in the fourth inning. His line: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K. He threw 58% of his pitches (47 of 80) for strikes. Even though his pitch count was not particularly high, I thought he tired in the fifth and sixth innings (when he allowed three runs); his location was not as crisp.

Early in the game, he was doing a nice job keeping his fastball, which was mid-90s, down. He mixed in a solid changeup on his second pitch of the game, in a spot on the edge, to get a swing and miss. He went back to the pitch regularly enough to get weak contact and some groundballs with it early, but he relied really heavily on the gas. The slider was there, but not as dominating an offering as he has had at other times. Kosuke Fukudome lined his final pitch of the afternoon, a big loopy curveball, into leftfield. ?"I was throwing a lot of fastballs," he said after the game, "I felt confident with it today, down in the zone, in and out."

Bottom line: he's a great pitching prospect, but he's not big league ready as a starter, just at Matt Harvey was not big league ready in April, 2012. He must improve his command, and become more comfortable throwing his off-speed stuff early in counts and for strikes rather just as chase pitches late in counts. Wheeler's 1.9 K/BB ratio (19 K/10 BB) in 21 innings in AAA, indicate clearly that he must continue to refine his location. Wheeler threw 116 innings last year and is now sitting at 137 innings for the year. With two more starts in AAA, he should come near 150 innings.At that point, right after Labor Day, the Mets could call him up to the big leagues, or shut him down. He will need to be added to the team's 40-man roster over the winter to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.

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Wally Backman, as quoted by the Buffalo News' Mike Harrington after the Bisons finished up with the Pawtucket Red Sox on Sunday:

"It's a shame for us, really. Buffalo is a great city but I don't envision us coming back, from the things I've heard from the grapevine."
Again, after last Friday's news that the Rochester Red Wings will reupp with the Minnesota Twins, Buffalo is the only International League team with an expiring Player Development Contract. If the Mets cannot mend their relationship with the Bisons in the next few weeks, they will be Pacific Coast League bound.

There's a sense in which it is surprising to hear Wally Backman become the first Mets person to speak definitively on the topic. He was answering a question from Harrington honestly, but I wonder how that will play among his bosses.

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Friday, Jim Madelaro in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported that the Twins and Red Wings will sign a new Player Development Contract that will cover the 2013 and 2014 baseball season.

In an accompanying opinion piece, Mandalaro writes that this was the logical move for Rochester, "But the ?best? club that figures to be available is the Mets, and they?re about to get kicked out of Buffalo after getting ejected from Norfolk and New Orleans. Wings officials are wary about hitching their wagon to the Mets, and I don?t blame them."? He's right on two of the three counts. The Mets were thrilled to leave New Orleans for Buffalo, but yes, the other two affiliations with International Leagues were ended by the affiliate and not the Mets.

That leaves one pair of Major League-International League team pairing without a contract for 2013: the New York Mets and the Buffalo Bisons. The Mets and Bisons could still each decide that they want to renew, but the decision has to be mutual. The Bisons must want the Mets in addition to the Mets wanting to stay in Buffalo.

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AAA: Lehigh Valley IronPigs 5, @ Buffalo Bisons 2?

Zack Wheeler's third AAA start: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR. He was in the strike zone all afternoon, but his fastball command, was spotty. Sure, some of the hits, including a two-run bloop over shortstop, and a double over Lucas Duda's head in rightfield might have been caught by more proficient defenders, but the 'Pigs were still able to put Wheeler's stuff in play. His velocity - at 94-95 mph - much of the game was fine, and there was still plenty of movement on his fastball. He was just hurt by location.

Bisons' manager Wally Backman told Bisons.com after the game,

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Lets play catch-up on important happenings affiliate by affiliate as the minor league season enters its home stretch.

Saturday: Scranton W/B Yankees 5, @ Buffalo Bisons 1Sunday: @ Buffalo Bisons 9, Pawtucket Red Sox 3?

The Bisons rolled out two good arms, Zack Wheeler Saturday and Jenrry Mejia Sunday and won once.

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AAA: Buffalo Bisons 10, @ Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 1 (7 innings)

The Bisons' offense took care of business early, scoring seven runs in the second and third innings before rain washed out the last two frames.

2B Josh Satin (.302/.406/.474 - 107 games; pictured) had a perfect night, going 3-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and an RBI.

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AAA: @ Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (PHI) 5, Buffalo Bisons 4?

Jeurys Familia: 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. A SS Josh Rodriguez error made most of the damage in a four-run Lehigh third inning against Familia unearned. That's fine as far as it goes, but Familia still allowed three hits, a walk, committed an error of his own and threw a wild pitch in the inning so he was far from blameless. A pitcher is often fairly culpable in allowing unearned runs to score.

The winning run scored in the 12th on a Fernando Cabrera wild pitch.

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