News & Notes: Game 1

Thursday, April 7, 2011 (3:05 p.m.) – Coca-Cola Field

Buffalo Bisons (0-0, North)
Syracuse Chiefs (0-0, North)

RHP Dillon Gee (NR) vs. RHP Yunesky Maya (NR)

TV: Time Warner Cable SportsNet 13/713 HD
Radio: WWKB AM 1520,

TODAY’S GAME: This afternoon, the Bisons begin the 126th season of professional baseball in Buffalo on Opening Day in the first game of a two-game series against the Syracuse Chiefs (3:05 p.m.). Today’s game is also part of a six-game homestand, as the Herd will host Pawtucket, April 9-12.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Bisons are 14-9 in Home Openers at Coca-Cola Field. Last year, Buffalo defeated Pawtucket, 8-2, in its first home game of the year. Overall, the Herd was 42-30 (.583) at home last season, the 5th-best record in the International League. This will be the first time the Bisons host Syracuse for their Home Opener at Coca-Cola Field.

VS. THE CHIEFS: The Chiefs have had the Bisons’ number in recent years. Syracuse has won the last three season series, including a 10-6 record over the Herd in 2010. Prior to that, Buffalo owned the matchup with six season-series victories in a seven-year span from 2000-2007.

GOSH GOLLY, GEE: RHP DILLON GEE gets the Opening Day nod for the Herd. The 24-year old Cleburne, TX-native shattered the Bisons modern era single-season strikeout record with 165 punchouts in 2010. Gee was 13-8 with a 4.96ERA last season, including an 8-3 record at Coca-Cola Field.

IT’S YOU AGAIN: RHP DILLON GEE and Syracuse RHP Yunesky Maya made the major league debut last season…against each other. On September 7 in Washington, Gee’s Mets bested Maya’s Nationals, 4-1. Gee took a no-hitter into the 6th inning in his seven-inning victory (2H, R, ER, 3BB, 4K). Gee also became the first Met pitcher to ever collect an RBI in his first major league at-bat with an RBI-single off Maya.

HERD GETS TEUF: Today’s game will be TIM TEUFEL’S first as manager of the Buffalo Bisons. Teufel is the 16th Herd skipper in the modern era. It will also be Teufel’s first game as a manager at the Triple-A level after seven seasons in the Mets minor league system. The Palm Beach Gardens, FL-native played 11 seasons in the major leagues and was a member of the 1986 New York Mets World Series Championship club.

ABOUT SYRACUSE: The Chiefs’ Opening Day roster contains 16 players who have spent time in Syracuse since the affiliation with the Nationals began in 2009. Eight of those players (Balester, Detwiler, Martin, Mock, Stammen, Wilkie, Bernadina and Bynum) have been on the roster for part of both seasons with the Chiefs as  a Nationals’ farm club. Six of the players (Hyde, Aubrey, Brown, Frazier, McConnell and Valdez) come from other organizations. Of the Opening Day Chiefs, just Cole Kimball, Tom Milone and Chris Marrero were drafted by the Nats and haven’t played in Syracuse.

METS UPDATE: The Mets (3-2) lost to the rival Phillies last night by a 10-7 score. New York fought back from 7-0 down to tie the game before falling in defeat. Former Bison OF ANGEL PAGAN collected his first home run of the season in the loss. Mets and Phillies play the rubber match of their three-game set at 3:05 p.m. today.

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