Rochester stays on road after AAA All-Star break

RIGHTHANDED PITCHER Zack Littell is among the recent player moves between the Rochester Red Wings and their parent Minnesota Twins. He was optioned to the Wings July 3.

Photo courtesy of Joe Territo, Rochester Red Wings

ROCHESTER – After the July 11 AAA All-Star game in Columbus, Ohio, the Rochester Red Wings go back on the road for four games against the Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders. Then, after 10 days away from home, the Red Wings return to Frontier Field for an eight-game, seven-day homestand.

The mid-July homestand will feature six giveaways, two post-game concerts and two fireworks shows!

Tickets to any game can be purchased at the Red Wings ticket office at the stadium, via telephone at (585) 423-WING (9464) during normal business hours or anytime at RedWingsBaseball.com.

Their first home game since July 5 will feature a naked mole rat cap giveaway, courtesy of the Seneca Park Zoo. Providing the opposition for the Monday, July 16 start will be the Louisville Bats, affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. Gates open at 6 p.m. with first pitch set for 65 minutes later. The first 1,000 fans will get a one-of-a-kind naked mole rat cap. The naked mole rat is one of several new animals coming to the zoo in August as part of an “Animals of the Savanna” expansion.

Fans attending the game may want to pick up a scorecard as there have been a number of roster moves going back to July 5. From the most recent transactions back to July 5, the following roster changes have taken place:

* On July 11, righthanded pitcher Alan Busenitz was recalled for the third time this season by the Twins. And catcher Cameron Rupp was released. The team’s active roster stood at 23 with two men on the disabled list.

* On July 7, the team announced the addition of outfielder Jon Kemmer, who was acquired from the Houston Astros organization the day before in a deal for cash consideration. Infielder Chris Carter, acquired earlier this season in a cash transaction, was released. The first baseman/DH wasn’t hitting his weight. Only two years ago Carter tied for the National League home run crown with 41 while playing for the Milwaukee Brewers.

* Announced on the seventh, the Twins optioned infielder/outfielder Taylor Motter to Rochester July 6 after he was injured while playing with Minnesota. He was not activated in Rochester and was sent down to AA Chattanooga. On July 6 it was announced the Twins returned lefthanded pitcher Gabriel Moya to Rochester. He was activated after being optioned July 4. Going to the disabled list, retroactive to July 4, was righty Luke Bard. He sustained a left calf strain.

* The day of their last home contest, against the Pawtucket Red Sox on July 5, righty Zack Littell was activated after he was optioned by the Twins July 3.

That Pawtucket game was suspended after just a half inning due to rain. Adalberto Mejia had thrown 23 pitches in the top of the first. The nine-inning game will be resumed at 5:05 p.m. Aug. 21. It will be followed by a seven-inning contest.

Rochester left then for the 10-day road trip to Pennsylvania with three games against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, followed by the three-day All-Star break, with the coming four games against the Yankees top farm team, the RailRiders. The Wings were swept by the IronPigs.

In other Red Wings news, righty Nick Anderson was added to the IL All-Star roster, the league announced July 5. Anderson had a 5-1 win-loss record while also picking up three saves in five appearances. He allowed 15 earned runs in 372/3 innings for a 3.58 ERA. He has struck out 56 batters while issuing 14 walks and he hit one batter in 24 relief outings. Anderson ranks fourth in the IL with a ratio of 13.18 strikeouts per nine innings. He signed with the Twins organization as a minor league free agent Aug. 7, 2015. This is his first season in AAA.

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