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Norris will get another start while Pillar is ready and eager to return to the lineup

If you missed Daniel Norris pitch in Buffalo on Thursday, you will get your chance again on Tuesday.

While the talk was of moving Norris to the bullpen for the rest of the season, the lefty said he would be starting on Tuesday at Coca-Cola Field in an interview with the Buffalo Bisons' broadcast recorded before the team took batting practice today.

Asked if Norris was starting on Tuesday, manager Gary Allenson said, "It appears he is."

Norris has been spectacular in his first three Triple-A starts. He's 3-0 and has struck out 32 batters in 16 2/3 innings.

Also of note in pre game activities, Kevin Pillar took batting practice. The outfielder said he will be back in the lineup on Saturday having missed the last three games after injuring his arm on the team's off day on Monday.

"It was the trainer's call to give me one more day just for the stitches," Pillar said. "The swelling was down yesterday and they just wanted the stitches to sit one more day. …  I fell on a rock. Split my elbow. Lesson learned. I won't be doing activities like that on my off day."

What do you need to know for tonight's game against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders? Glad you asked:

  • Raul Valdes gets his 10th start while making his 21st appearance for the Herd. He's coming off one of his toughest outings of the year, giving up four runs on 10 hits in five innings in a loss to Norfolk on Aug. 14.
  • Darin Mastroianni is on a 10-game hitting streak. In Thursday's win, he has his 23rd multi-hit performance of the season. During the streak, he has hit .317 with six runs scored.
  • Your playoff race update: The Bisons remain three games back of Pawtucket for the lone Wild Card spot in the International League. The PawSox host Lehigh Valley tonight then travel to Buffalo for a crucial four-game showdown with the Herd starting Saturday.

Tonight's Bisons' lineup:

Dalton Pompey -- CF
Anthony Gose -- RF
Cole Gillespie -- LF
Matt Hague -- 3B
Brett Wallace - 1B
Ryan Goins -- 2B
Darin Mastroianni -- DH
George Kottaras -- C
Jonathan Diaz -- SS

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