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Norris makes his much anticipated Buffalo debut


What will Daniel Norris do?

The much-anticipated Buffalo debut for the lefty happens tonight as the Buffalo Bisons open a two-game set against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (7:05 p.m., Radio 1520).

Norris has been impressive in his two starts with the Herd on the road. He has struck out 23 of the 38 batters he's faced while his 13 punch outs last Friday in Lehigh Valley set a modern era record for a lefty. He is the only pitcher in the team's modern era to record 10 or more strikeouts in back-to-back outings.

The 21-year old began the season rated the No. 6 prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays organization by Baseball America. He was 6-0 in 13 starts in Single-A Dunedin to start the season. His Double-A debut was rough -- giving up eight runs in there innings, but it was his only losing decision of the season.

Other things you need to know for tonight's game:

  • Dalton Pompey makes his Triple-A debut leading off and playing centerfield. He played 70 games with Single-A Dunedin and 31 games with New Hampshire this season. He was a 2014 Futures Game selection with Dunedin.
  • Darin Mastroianni and Cole Gillespie both carrying hitting streaks into the game. Mastroianni, batting seventh today, has a nine-game streak. In his last 20 games he has 11 walks and 17 hits. Gillespie, taking the DH role today, has a seven-game streak in which he's batting .385 with a triple, two home runs and five runs batted in.
  • The Bisons remain three games back of the IL Wild Card spot trailing Pawtucket. The PawSox host Lehigh Valley, a team they have been destroying lately. Rochester, also three games back of Pawtucket, plays at IL North Division-leader Syracuse.

Tonight's Bisons' lineup:

Dalton Pompey -- CF
Anthony Gose -- RF
Cole Gillespie -- DH
Dan Johnson -- 1B
Matt Hague -- 3B
Ryan Goins -- 2B
Darin Mastroianni -- LF
Mike Nickeas -- C
Jonathan Diaz -- SS

  • BullGuy

    Eichner is good although it bugs me to hear him call Ontario Province and Quebec Province. No one calls them that.

    Hopefully the new guy will not mumble the forecast like Shaw did.

    • guest

      Sigh! Give it a rest about Shaw. Shaw is solid. He has proved you wrong over and over. Ex-Director Schlaerth got a taste of his own medicine after he let Shaw go. He's still looking for a new job. Shaw isn't. The station is a mess.

      • BullGuy

        Yes, he was so solid that he was walked out of the station when he was let go.

        • JC

          And was hired a day later by another station!

  • AGM1

    And, you are painful to read. If you can do a better job, you should have got that communications degree and or meteorogicial degree. Interned and applied for the positions. Don't forget to send them your demo tape as well. And, good luck.

    Title 9 has been around since the late 60's. So get with the program. Gals are in sports and media for one reason. They are qualified. Brill has a strong educational background from Columbia University and unlike too many egoites does not flaunt it. She reports the sports with passion and "that fire in the belly" that many of the other sports guru guys in Buffalo lack. But sure wish they had.

    Give her a break. She has done nothing but grow in her skills at Ch.4. She is an asset to Buffalo. Not too many liked Jurica Duncan. Now that she left for NYC (her home by the way) CBS has become a big time promotion in her career as she's doing national and international news stories full time.

    That must make the staff at Ch/4 feel proud to have had her working in Buffalo and see her step into the national news spotlight. That's bigtime advancement with Buffalo on her resume. And we had the opportunity to have her in little often maligned Buffalo. That's how the business works.

About the reporters

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.

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. 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.