The Buffalo Bisons take the International League’s best record, 15-9, to a place where they’ve not had a great deal of success over the years – Durham Bulls Athletic Park, both the present facility and its predecessor in Durham, N.C.
The Herd are 29-40 all-time against the Bulls in Durham although they were 3-2 there last season when one of the games was designated a Buffalo home game.
Durham (14-11) is in second place in the South Division of the I.L., a game behind the first-place Charlotte Knights (14-9).
The teams are scheduled for night games Tuesday and Wednesay and an 11 a.m. start on Thursday before the Bisons head to Norfolk, Va., for a three-game series.
Wilkins traded: Infielder Andy Wilkins, who was taken off the Bisons roster on Saturday when he was designated for assignment by the Toronto Blue Jays, was sold to the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash on Monday. Toronto acquired Wilkins on waivers from the Chicago White Sox last month. Wilkins played 21 games with Buffalo and batted .264 with four doubles and nine RBIs. He went 2 for 5 with a double in his last appearance for the Herd on Friday night against Louisville.
Probables: Lefty Andrew Albers (1-3, 3.09) will make his fifth start for the Bisons but first since he was sent back down by Toronto. Right-hander Andrew Bellati (1-0. 276) will be making his fourth start for Durham. Bellati, a San Diego native, has struck out 15 in 16.1 innings for the Bulls. Albers was returned to Bisons on Saturday along with outfielder Dalton Pompey and pitcher Daniel Norris.
Road warriors: The Bisons were only 3-4 in their home stand which ended with a 3-2 win over Louisville on Sunday. That was after they went 5-2 in the previous road trip. Overall, the Herd is 6-3 away from Coca-Cola Field.
Coming through: Joey Butler of the Bulls and Matt Hague of the Bisons are among six players tied for third with 15 RBIs in the IL. Butler (.317) is among six Durham players batting over .300 who have played in 11 games or more. Four Bisons are over the .300 mark led by Hague at .338.
More Jays moves: Toronto recalled pitchers Chad Jenkins and Steve Delabar from the Bisons and sent them 20-year-old relief pitcher Miguel Castro. The Jays re-assigned pitchers Austin Bibens-Dirkx and Casey Lawrence back to the Double-A New Hampshire.