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TRIBE CONTINUES SHUFFLING PLAYERS OFF TO BUFFALO

The roster shuffle between the Bisons and the parent Cleveland Indians continued Tuesday night.

The Tribe recalled infielder Enrique Wilson and left-hand relief pitcher Jim Poole. Headed back to Buffalo are pitcher Steve Karsay and, presumably, infielder Torey Lovullo.

Lovullo probably will have to clear waivers and then agree to the assignment to Buffalo.

The first hint about the transactions took place before the opener of Tuesday night's doubleheader between the Bisons and Ottawa Lynx at North AmeriCare park.

Wilson's name appeared in the original lineup announced for the game. He was slated to bat second and play second base. However, a new lineup was announced with Jeff Branson in Wilson's place.

It will be the third stint with Cleveland for Wilson, who began the season with the Indians and originally was assigned to the Herd June 2 on a rehabilitation assignment. The Tribe officially optioned Wilson to the Bisons June 15, recalled him Aug. 1 and optioned him back here Aug. 14.

Wilson was batting .281 for Buffalo in 56 games with four home runs and 23 RBIs.

Poole was signed to a minor league contract July 23 by the Indians and activated on the Buffalo roster July 23.

Poole was 1-0 with a 0.87 earned-run average in 10.1 innings for Buffalo. He allowed only one earned run and struck out 16.

Karsay started the season here, but was recalled July 31.

Lovullo suffered a tendon injury in his left arm and went on the disabled list June 25 as he was enjoying one of his best seasons. He is fifth in the International League in batting with a .320 average. Lovullo also has 16 home runs and 61 RBIs.

He was activated and returned to action July 30. Cleveland purchased his contract Aug. 18. In five games with the Indians he batted .211 (4-19) with one double and one RBI.

Karsay was 0-2 with a 4.41 ERA in six games, one of them a start, for Cleveland. He was 5-4 with a 4.04 ERA in 13 games, all starts, in his first stint here.
Tuesday's opener was a pitching rematch of last Wednesday night's game in Ottawa -- right-hander Mike Johnson for the Lynx and Eddie Priest for the Herd. Besides being charged with the decision in a 10-4 Buffalo loss, Priest was ejected for throwing a pitch behind the head of Jose Vidro of the Lynx after a home run by Ottawa's Allen Battle.

If there was any bad blood that carried over, it wasn't evident.

Battle batted three times against Priest. He grounded out and struck out his first two trips but drew a sixth-inning walk. Priest was relieved by Jeff Sexton, and the free pass started a five-run Ottawa inning.
Jeff Manto reported to the Bisons and was in the lineup for the first game. Manto, who was batting .314 with 19 home runs and 52 RBIs in only 48 games with Buffalo before being called up by Cleveland, drilled a 1-2 pitch that just hooked foul down the left field line before he struck out in the second inning.

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