by Amy Moritz
For the third time in 10 games a starting pitcher will be making his Triple-A debut with the Buffalo Bisons.
Welcome righty Scott Copeland to the Herd. He will get the start as the Bisons open a four-game homestand with the Norfolk Tides.
It's been quite a year for debuts on the mound. Copeland joins a list of six pitchers who pitched their first Triple-A game with the Bisons this season. Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez are now in Toronto. Deck McGuire was designated for assignment off the 40-man roster and claimed by the Oakland As.
On this past road trip, Kendall Graveman made his debut while Daniel Norris threw for the first time in Triple-A yesterday. In that outing, Norris struck out 10 in six innings of work to pick up the win.
Now it's Copeland's turn. Originally drafted by Baltimore in the 21st round in 2010 he was signed by the Blue Jays as a free agent in 2012. Now in his fifth season of professional baseball, Copeland has spent all of this year with Double-A New Hampshire. In 26 games (21 starts), he went 8-7 with a 3.70 earned run average. At the time of his promotion, he led the FisherCats in starts (21), innings pitched (133 2/3) and strikeouts (86).
- Ryan Goins returns to Buffalo after being optioned by Toronto to make a roster spot for Brad Mills. In 79 games with the Bisons this year, Goins has averaged .285 with 14 doubles and two triples while driving in 27 runs.
- Mills went to join the Blue Jays in Seattle, a fresh arm for the club after its 19-inning marathon win over Detroit on Sunday. Mills made three starts with the Herd, going 1-0 with a 3.14 ERA.
- Kevin Nolan was transferred to Double-A New Hampshire. The infielder drove in three runs while hitting .239 in 21 games with the Bisons.
Tonight's starting lineup:
Darin Mastroianni -- CF
Ryan Goins -- 2B
Kevin Pillar -- LF
Brett Wallace -- 1B
Cole Gillespie -- DH
Brad Glenn -- RF
George Kottaras -- C
Jared Goedert -- 3B
Jonathan Diaz -- SS