The road, the rehabs

The Bisons return to the road after going 5-3 on an eight-game homestand. While the Bisons love playing in front of the home town crowd, you can’t help but notice the recent success for this club on the road, winning seven of their last 11 road games.

A few notable’s prior to the News & Notes concerning “Rehab Central” as the Bisons enter Salt City. Josh Barfield is back in the lineup and playing in the field tonight and Travis Hafner returns from his off day to bat in the cleanup slot as the DH in the series opener. (Victor Martinez is scheduled for an off day)

Tonight’s contest is the first road game for Buffalo since August 11 (5-4 loss at Lehigh Valley) and only their sixth away from Dunn Tire Park this month.

Today’s News & Notes

TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Buffalo Bisons travel to Syracuse to open a two-game set with the Chiefs at Alliance Bank Stadium. RHP Bryan Bullington will take the mound for the Herd. The righty will be looking to rebound after taking the loss against Pawtucket on August 17. Syracuse will counter with LHP John Parrish.

TODAY’S STARTER:Bryan Bullington
-Last Game: 8/17 vPAW: (L, 5.0IP, 10H, 6R, 5ER, 3BB, 6K), Bisons’ 8-3 Loss.
-2008 w/Bisons: (0-2, 5.56, 1SV)(7G, 5GS, 34.0IP, 41H, 24R, 21ER, 8BB, 34K).
-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.

EVERYDAY ANDY: Since joining the Herd on August 4, INF Andy Cannizaro has been a key part of the team’s offense. Cannizaro has hit in 14 of 16 games with the Herd and has failed to reach base in a game just once. The middle infielder displayed his all-around game yesterday afternoon, when he went 1-2 with two walks and two runs scored. In 16 games with the Herd, Cannizaro is hitting .309 (17-55) with 13 runs, three doubles, two home runs, 11RBI and five walks.

HOT IN THE PEN: The trio of LHP Rich Rundles, RHP Preston Larrison and RHP Tom Mastny has been a force in the bullpen as of late. All three enter tonight with impressive streaks of not allowing an earned run (Rundles -12G, Larrison -8G, Mastny -6G). In the month of August, the three have pitched a combined 23 games and own a 0.00ERA (22.1IP, 19K, 4BB).

HOT HITTER: OF Todd Linden has hit in 11 of his last 12 games, owning a .356 (16-45) batting average during a span that dates back to August 7. He has added six doubles, four home runs and eight RBI in those 12 games. Linden’s 13 home runs and 46 walks are currently tops on the team, and his 47RBI are second to OF Brad Snyder’s 60.

BISONS BITS: The Bisons turned four double plays in yesterday’s 7-3 loss to Pawtucket, the highest single-game total of the season…C Victor Martinez is hitting .400 (2-5, 2R, 2B, 2RBI, 3BB) while DH Travis Hafner has averaged .600 (3-5, R, 2 2B, 2RBI, 2BB) in their two rehab starts with the Bisons…INF Michael Aubrey has 5RBI in his last three games.

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