Wally Backman had a few choice words, and probably more than a few, for the Bisons last night after their 8-3 loss against Pawtucket. We'll see tonight what kind of impact they'll have in game three of this series.
Backman has retooled the lineup with Corey Wimberly back in the leadoff slot, although still limited to DH duties due to his sore elbow. Matt den Dekker has been moved down to third and Fred Lewis is fifth to give some protection to cleanup man Valentino Pascucci.
Matt Tuiasosopo -- who is in an 0-for-26 slump that includes 0 for 22 on this homestand -- has been dropped to seventh. His average has dropped from .301 to .241 in the last 23 days. Ouch.
The leadoff hitter tonight for Pawtucket is Boston outfielder Cody Ross, who will serve as the DH. He will be making his first appearance on injury rehab since suffering a broken bone in his foot on May 19. Ross was the MVP of the 2010 NLCS for the Giants against Philadelphia. He's batting .271 with eight homers and 28 RBIs for Boston this year.
Jeurys Familia (5-3) starts for Buffalo trying to take over the team victory lead and wipe out the memory of the five-run fifth in the rain that cost him a 5-4 loss here Monday against Norfolk in a rain-shortened affair.
The Pawtucket starting pitcher is former Kansas City prospect Billy Buckner. And before you ask, the answer is no. He's not related to Boston's infamous 1986 World Series goat.
Here's the Bisons' lineup tonight:
Corey Wimberly, dh
Ronny Cedeno, ss
Matt den Dekker, cf
Valentino Pascucci, rf
Fred Lewis, lf
Josh Satin, 1b
Matt Tuiasosopo, 3b
Rob Johnson, c
Brad Emaus, 2b
Jeurys Familia, p