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HERD PACKS UP AFTER WASHOUT

The Buffalo Bisons game against the Pawtucket Red Sox on Monday night was postponed due to rain and wet grounds. The teams will play a doubleheader when the Red Sox return to Dunn Tire Park on July 26.

The teams will play a pair of seven-inning games with the time of the first game to be determined.

Fans holding tickets to Monday's game can exchange them for a comparable ticket to any future Bisons game, excluding concerts and special events. All ticket exchanges must be made at the Dunn Tire Park box office. Fans with tickets can exchange them throughout the 2005 season.

The Bisons begin a a six-day road trip with a two-game set against the Syracuse SkyChiefs today and Wednesday before traveling to Ottawa for a four-game series beginning Thursday.

Kyle Denney (0-1, 2.65 ERA) will start for Buffalo against the SkyChiefs at 6 tonight in Alliance Bank Stadium (Radio 1230 and 1330 AM). Denney faces Brandon League (0-0, 6.00). Kazuhito Tadano was scheduled to pitch tonight but instead returns to the bullpen. On Wednesday, the Bisons' Steve Watkins (2-0, 3.00) faces Syracuse's Ryan Glynn (1-1, 7.82).

Buffalo (10-8) is in third place and 1 1/2 games out of first behind IL North Division-leading Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The Bisons have won four of five and six of their last 10, yet they continue to struggle at the plate. Entering Monday's games, they ranked last in the International League in hitting at .222 and had only one player, veteran outfielder Ernie Young, among the league's top 50 batting leaders.

Young leads the team at .271. Darnell McDonald is next at .257, followed by Dusty Wathan and Joe Inglett at .250.

Tadano is among the league leaders in ERA (1.13 in 15 innings pitched), while Chad Zerbe is tied for the league lead in wins with three along with Pawtucket's Scott Cassidy, Norfolk's Jason Scobie and Indianapolis' Zach Duke and Ian Snell.

Jake Robbins is second in saves with four behind Indianapolis' Mark Corey (five).

e-mail: rmckissic@buffnews.com