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The Buffalo Bisons have announced that fewer than 5,000 tickets are left for the team’s popular Star Wars Night promotion, scheduled for June 7 against Syracuse.

The 6:05 game includes character appearances, a raffle of game-worn Bisons Star Wars Jerseys to benefit the American Heart Association, a post-game on-field battle as well as post-game Fireworks. Last year’s Star Wars Night was a sellout, and nearly 100,000 fans have attended since its inception in 2008.

Tickets are $12 when purchased in advance of game day and are available at the Coca-Cola Field box office, at Bisons.com or by phone at 843-4373. The team is also selling $66 four-packs for the game, featuring four tickets, four Sahlen’s hot dogs, four Coca-Cola soft drinks and a commemorative laser sword. There are fewer than 100 four-packs remaining.

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The Bisons were off Wednesday and open an eight-game road trip tonight in Louisville (6:30, Radio 1520 AM). They play four games in Louisville and four in Indianapolis before returning home to open a 10-game homestand May 30 against Syracuse.

The entire North Division was off Wednesday, so the Bisons (23-19) maintained their half-game lead over Lehigh Valley and Pawtucket. All six teams are above .500 and last-place Syracuse is just 1½ games out of the lead.

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Former Bison Mike Hessman, now playing for Toledo, belted his 400th career minor-league home run Tuesday in the Mud Hens’ 3-0 win at Rochester. Hessman, 36, is one of just eight players in history with 400 or more home runs in the minor leagues.

The two-run shot in the first inning was Hessman’s 255th in the International League, three shy of the league record of 258 set by 1930s Bisons legend Ollie Carnegie. Hessman and the Mud Hens open a four-game series here June 3 and the record could still be in play. Hessman, 36, belted 18 homers in 64 games for the Bisons in 2010 when they were a New York Mets affiliate.

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