Martinez to Herd, team ties

The New York Mets today announced that they have optioned OF FERNANDO MARTINEZ to the Buffalo Bisons.

Martinez, 21, challenged for a big league job by hitting .383 (18-47) with four doubles, two triples, three home runs and 11RBI in 21 spring exhibition games with the Mets. He led New York this spring with nine extra-base hits and 11RBI and was second on the club with 18 hits.

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Martinez debuted with the Bisons in 2009 at 20 years and 135 days old, becoming the youngest player to play for the Bisons in 16 seasons. He hit .290 (51-176) with 16 doubles, eight home runs and 28RBI in 45 games with the Herd before earning a pair of big league promotions. At the time of his first call up to the Mets on May 26, he led the International League with 25 extra-base hits.

Bisons/New Orleans Game Ends in 1-1 Tie with Home Opener Just 2 Weeks Away
The Buffalo Bisons and New Orleans Zephyrs played to a 1-1 tie on Wednesday afternoon from Port St. Lucie, FL. The Bisons are now 6-0-2 with just one game remaining on the spring exhibition schedule.

The Bisons will play New Orleans again on Friday afternoon from Port St. Lucie, FL.

INF MIKE CERVENAK accounted for the lone Bisons’ run when he led off the second inning with a solo home run. RHP R.A. Dickey started for the Herd and allowed one run on three hits in five innings of work. Dickey walked one and struck out four.

There are just 14 days until the Bisons’ 2010 Home Opener on Wednesday, April 14 against the Pawtucket Red Sox (3:05 p.m.). Tickets are now on-sale at bisons.com or by calling THE-HERD at (843-4373).

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