As the Crowe flies

We heard the name throughout last year and even a few times this year, Tevor Crowe. Possibly, if not for a few stints of the disabled list, Crowe would have arrived even sooner from Double-A Akron. He met the Bisons outside Charlotte this morning prior to the Herd opening an 8-game roadtrip that continues through Durham.

The 24-year old was hitting .323 (64-198) with 16 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs and 28RBI in 49 games with the Aeros. He also had 27 walks and a .404 on-base percentage. He hit .400 (42-105) with 10 doubles, four home runs and 24RBI in 25 June games. He’s hit .371 (13-35) in nine games this month.

Crowe was the Cleveland Indians 1st round (14th overall) pick of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.

To make room, the Indians released Bisons OF Jason Tyner. Tyner hit .235 (56-238) with one home run and 14RBI in 76 games with Buffalo.

Here are today’s News & Notes

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons take on the Charlotte Knights in the first game of a four-game series from Knights Stadium (7:15 p.m.). This contest is part of an eight-game roadtrip for the Herd as they will travel to Durham, July 29- August 1. The Bisons are coming off a seven-game homestand (4-3 record) that was shortened with yesterday’s rainout against Norfolk. On the mound today for the Herd is RHP Bryan Bullington. The righty allowed just one run in four innings on Sunday in his first start with the Bisons. Charlotte will send out RHP Lance Broadway.

TODAY’S STARTER: Bryan Bullington-Last Game: 7/20 vRIC(1): (ND, 4.0IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 4K), Bisons’ 2-1 Loss.
-2008 w/Bisons: (0-0, 6.43)(2G, 7.0IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 10K).
-2008 w/Indianapolis: (4-6, 5.52)(15GS, 75.0IP, 90H, 54R, 46ER, 25BB, 60K).
-2007 w/Indianapolis: (11-9, 4.00)(26GS, 150.2IP, 146H, 70R, 67ER, 59BB, 89K)
-2007 w/Indianapolis: 1st in starts (26), innings (150.2), wins (11).
-Originally a first overall pick in 2002 by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
-Claimed off waivers by Cleveland, July 10, 2008.

BACK TO NORMAL: RHP Bryan Bullington was limited to 52 pitches in game one of Sunday’s doubleheader so he could start on Thursday on short rest. But with the rainout against the Tides, Bullington is back on normal rest today. On Sunday, he allowed just one run in four innings to Richmond. Bullington has already chalked up 10 strikeouts in his first seven innings as a Bison. The former first overall draft pick in 2002 by Pittsburgh was claimed by the Indians off waivers on July 10.

CLOUD NINE: INF Michael Aubrey’s hit streak is now at nine games, following a 1-4 performance on Wednesday. Since July 6, he has hit .405 (15-37) with three doubles, two home runs and 12RBI. The stretch has raised his average 31 points to .296.

BISONS BITS: OF Todd Linden drew two walks on Wednesday and has now reached base safely in his last 15 games (.321, 9-28, 7BB)…OF Todd Linden, INF Michael Aubrey and INF Jordan Brown have all reached base in every game since the All-Star break…INF Tony Graffanino has hit .400 (6-15) in his first 6 games with the Bisons.

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