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New faces propel Herd

Any chance of making the playoffs may be a lost cause for the Buffalo Bisons because they trail the wild-card leader by 15 1/2 games, but that hasn't prevented the team from making a recent run.

Last week the Herd dropped the first three of a four-game series against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Since then the Bisons have won four of five games, avoiding relegation to the basement of the International League North.

The Herd's third four-game winning streak of the season streak ended Tuesday with a 7-3 loss to Rochester and the team had the day off Wednesday. The Bisons return to action tonight (Radio 1520, 7:05 p.m.) in the opener of a four-game series against the Red Sox in Pawtucket. Dylan Owen (5-5. 4.57) will start for the Herd against Brandon Duckworth (8-6, 3.86).

Pacing Buffalo on its recent streak has been a pair of call-ups.

Infielder Josh Satin has batted .354 and hit in his last 10 games since he was called up from Double-A Binghamton on July 21.

A more recent addition, outfielder Mike Baxter, hit a home run on the first pitch he saw with Buffalo against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on July 26, becoming the first Bison to do that since Javier Valentin on May 15, 2009.

Baxter was claimed off waivers last month from the San Diego Padres and was then promoted to the Bisons from Class-A Port St. Lucie after four games.

Baxter is batting .370 in eight games since being called up, and had two triples and a run scored Monday, propelling the Herd to a 9-6 win over the Rochester Red Wings.