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Morning Pitch: Polish Festival Night opens Bisons homestand

The Buffalo Bisons come home for six games this week, the next-to-last homestand of their International League season.

The Herd will face the Indianapolis Indians tonight in the opener of a three-game series. Friday night, the Gwinnett Braves will be at Coca-Cola Field to begin a three-game series.

The Bisons have won 10 of their last 14 games and are coming off a third-straight winning road trip -- 4-3 at Indianapolis and Toledo.

Rowdy Tellez extended his hit streak to 12 games and Michael Saunders has hit in 10 straight. Newcomer Teoscar Hernandez made the defensive play of the game with a throw home from left field to save the Saturday win in Toledo, then cracked a grand slam homer to lead a 10-4 rout of the Mud Hens on Sunday.

First pitch: 7:05 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Latest transactions: The Bisons pitching staff was shaken up again on Monday when the Toronto Blue Jays recalled left-hand reliever Tim Mayza who was 1-1 with an 0.93 erarned-run average in 11 games with the Bisons. The Jays optioned Lionel Campos to Buffalo and cleared space on the 40-man roster by releasing right-hander Taylor Cole. Right-hander Chris Smith cleared waivers and was assigned out right to Buffalo.

Probables: Right-hander Luis Santos (3-10, 3.95) will start tonight for Buffalo against ex-Bisons right-hander Drew Hutchison (6-8, 3.73). The teams will meet again on Wednesday night with left Obertholtzer facing right-hander Nick Kingham. The Bisons have not yet named their starter for Thursday afternoon's game (1:05 p.m.) against Indy right-hander Tyler Glasnow, a 23-year-old Pittsburgh Pirates prospect with an 8-0 record and 1.57 ERA.

Tonight's promotion: It's Polish Festival Night at Coca-Cola Field. The pregame party in the Center Field Pavilion will feature live music and authentic Polish cuisine. The Polish-American of the Year will be honored prior to the first pitch. After the game there will be the traditional festival night fireworks show.

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