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Another new bat for Bisons

The Bisons open a four-game series tonight in Coca-Cola Field against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and the game will mark the debut of right fielder Mark Baxter in the Buffalo lineup. Baxter, 26, was claimed on waivers from the San Diego Padres and has been at Class A St. Lucie for about a week. He will bat sixth tonight and become the 52nd player to wear a Buffalo uniform this season.

Baxter, a Queens native, nearly made the Padres this year out of spring training as he was batting .370 for the big club before suffering torn ligaments in his thumb diving for a ball in the outfield during a game against the Los Angeles Angels. He was out until early July and the Padres had him stashed on rehab at Class A Lake Elsinore when they tried to get him through waivers but the Mets snagged him.

It seems like a good addition. Baxter hit .301 with 18 homers and 72 RBIs last year at Triple-A Portland and got his first big-league callup, going 1 for 8 with the Padres. Baxter had 30 doubles was was third in the Pacific Coast League with 10 triples.

7:30 p.m. update: Baxter goes deep to right for a two-run homer in the bottom of the 2nd on the first pitch he sees from Scranton starter D.J. Mitchell. Herd takes 2-1 lead.

The Bisons are 4-5 this year against Scranton and both teams figure to be on edge this week as the trade deadline approaches and both of their parents could be involved in moves. Wonder if Scranton catching prospect Jesus Montero will be sent packing for a pitching prospect. He went through a similar situation while in town during deadline week last year as he was nearly sent to Seattle for Cliff Lee.

Here's tonight's lineup, which includes the Scranton list for all you Bomber fans.

Kevin Russo, 3b
Greg Golson, cf
Jesus Montero, c
Mike Lamb, dh
Jorge Vazquez, 1b
Jordan Parraz, rf
Austin Krum, lf
Luis Nunez, 2b
Doug Bernier, ss
D.J. Mitchell, p

Luis Figueroa, dh
Ruben Tejada, ss
Valentino Pascucci, 1b
Jason Botts, lf
Josh Satin, 3b
Mike Baxter, rf
Luis Hernandez, 2b
Fernando Perez, cf
Mike Nickeas, c
Pat Misch, p

---Mike Harrington


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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