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Bisons' game Sunday in Rochester is off as Red Wings step aside for Pettitte rehab start

4:45 UPDATE: International League president Randy Mobley has confirmed the information to The Buffalo News.

Here's one from the bizarro world of minor-league scheduling: The Rochester Red Wings are postponing Sunday's game with the Buffalo Bisons in Frontier Field to allow New York Yankees veteran Andy Pettitte to make a rehab start with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the displaced Yankees' game against Pawtucket.

The link above is to the latest report on the situation from good friend of the blog Jim Mandelaro of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. The Bisons and Red Wings are scheduled for a 1:05 start and will now play a doubleheader Saturday night, with the time to be announced.

The Bisons certainly did not want to play Sunday night, as they have an early-morning flight to Atlanta Monday to start a road trip against Gwinnett. The Yankees, meanwhile, did not want Pettitte to have to wait through a potential extra-inning game between Buffalo and Rochester to make his start.

Follow the bouncing ball for a minute here: Scranton, remember, has no home stadium this year and is barnstorming mostly around Western New York. It has 37 games in Rochester and seven at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia, with Sunday's 1:05 first pitch against the PawSox scheduled to be one of them. But New York GM Brian Cashman said this afternoon on ESPN Radio in New York that Pettitte would pitch Sunday and that the game would be moved to Rochester.

"All of the teams involved have been part of the conversation," IL president Randy Mobley told The News late this afternoon from his office in Dublin, Ohio. "And this office has as well to make sure there were no rules being violated for things like travel and such."

The Bisons and Red Wings have yet to officially comment on the switch but are in the process of formulating releases. This is, of course, highly unusual for a team to push aside its own team and fans to accommodate a barnstorming group, although the Red Wings probably are figuring they'll have a better gate for Pettitte than they would for a standard-issue Buffalo-Rochester game.

"I don't have any concern about that at this time because I know the Rochester club discussed it with their affiliate (the Minnesota Twins)," Mobley said. "The Rochester club was concerned with that also. They didn't want to do anything to offend their own parent team so they made sure to keep them informed."

---Mike Harrington

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