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Punchless Herd tries again against Tides

The Buffalo Bisons are suddenly looking for offense. They entered today's game against Norfolk fourth in the International League in batting (.260), fifth in runs (277) and third in home runs (57) but are in the midst of their worst three-game output of the season.

The Bisons have scored just four runs in the last three runs -- and only one in losing the last two. No question this is not the same lineup as it was when Bobby Scales and Vinny Rottino were at the top and Omar Quintanilla was at the bottom so now the team needs to readjust.

Won't be easy today with Baltimore lefty Zach Britton, an 11-game winner for the Orioles last year, down on rehab while still dealing with shoulder soreness from spring training. Britton earned the win giving up four runs in six innings on Tuesday at Rochester.

The Bisons, meanwhile, are starting Dylan Owen and he has a wee bit of redemption to seek after getting shelled for 13 earned runs in three innings of Tuesday's 21-3 loss at Columbus.

Pitcher Jenrry Mejia apparently made his final start for the Herd in Saturday's loss to Norfolk and is being transferred to the bullpen in anticipation of an imminent call to the big leagues. reported that  Saturday night and Bisons manager Wally Backman confirmed it on his pregame interview today with play-by-play man Ben Wagner.

Here's today's Buffalo lineup:

Corey Wimberly, dh
Brad Emaus, 2b
Fred Lewis, lf
Valentino Pascucci, rf
Matt Tuiasosopo, cf
Josh Satin, 1b
Rob Johson, c
Oswaldo Navarro, 3b
Sean Kazmar, ss
Dylan Owen, 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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