The Rochester team the Buffalo Bisons will face Tuesday night at Coca-Cola Field (Radio 1520, 6:05 p.m) will have a slightly different look than the Red Wings the Herd faced at Frontier Field in Rochester over the weekend.
Center-fielder Byron Buxton was optioned to Rochester on Monday by the Minnesota Twins. The 2013 Minor League Player of the Year, Buxton has struggled with injuries and big league pitching the last two seasons. He was batting only .156 for the Twins as their starting center fielder, with 24 strikeouts in 45 at-bats. The 22-year-old Georgia native batted .400 in 13 games for the Red Wings last season before he was called up by the Twins.
Right-hander Alex Meyer was scheduled for Rochester against left-hander Wade LeBlanc (2-1, 1.96) in Tuesday night’s game. However, Meyer was recalled to help a Minnesota staff stressed by a 16-inning game against Washington on Sunday.
Globetrotters: Tuesday night’s game will be only the fifth at home for the Bisons, who have played 14 on the road.
Home advantage: Buffalo has a 93-65 all-time record against the Wings at Coca-Cola Field, but Rochester owns a 3-2 record against the Herd so far this season after Sunday’s 6-3 win.
Quick turnaround: After the four-game series against the Wings, the Bisons will be back on the road for three games against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in Allentown, Pa.
Hot bats: Four regulars are batting below .200, but manager Gary Allenson has some hot bats. Alexi Casilla is batting .343; Jesus Montero, .338; and Matt Dominguez, .311. Dominguez leads the team with 14 RBIs. Montero has hit safely in his last nine games.
Probables: Casey Lawrence (0-2, 9.24) is scheduled to start for the Bisons in Wednesday’s 1:05 game against Jose Berrios (2-0, 1.06). On Thursday afternoon, Chris Leroux (0-1, 5.14) will face Rochester lefty Logan Darnell (1-2, 4.58).