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One big Red Sox prospect on hill, one off to Boston as Herd opens new series downtown

The Bisons and Pawtucket Red Sox open a two-game set today in Coca-Cola Field and the Pawtucket pitcher will be 25-year-old right-hander Alex Wilson, who was Boston's minor-league pitcher of the year last season after going 9-4, 3.05 at Double-A Portland and 1-0, 3.43 with the Pawsox. Wilson allowed one run in five innings and got a no-decision is his lone start this year, last Saturday against Lehigh Valley.

Pawtucket will be without top outfield prospect Che-Hsuan Lin, who has been called up to replace the injured Jacoby Ellsbury (who is out 6-8 weeks). Lin, the World Team MVP at the 2008 All-Star Futures Game, and an '08 Olympian for Taiwan, was just 3 for 20 for Pawtucket this year. Shows how golden those 40-man roster spots are. Lin and his interpetor flew out of Buffalo this morning, the Boston Globe reported.

The Bisons, meanwhile, will be trying to stop a two-game slide (Memo to the Herd: The Sabres have already proven a 2-0 lead is one of the most dangerous in sports. Stop it.). Garrett Olson will pitch for Buffalo. Here's the Herd lineup:

Jordany Valdespin, cf
Bobby Scales, 2b
Valentino Pascuci, dh
Vinny Rottino, lf
Zach Lutz, 1b
Matt Tuiasosopo,  3b
Adam Loewen, rf
Rob Johnson,  c
Omar Quintanilla,ss

Buffalo utility man Josh Satin is not here today. He's in New York and has been placed on the Mets' 24-hour taxi squad. That's a new rule this year to prepare players for promotion (see David Wright) but allows them to be replaced so the minor-league clubs aren't short. Catcher Jean Luc Blaquiere has been called up from Class A St. Lucie for today's game.

---Mike Harrington

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