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Today's game previews -- May 7

Three of the four full-season affiliates in the Orioles' minor league system are scheduled to play doubleheaders during the day.

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides will play the Columbus Clippers starting at 11:15 a.m., while the Double-A Bowie Baysox and Trenton Thunder plan to face off in two games starting at 11:05 a.m.

The Single-A Frederick Keys and Winston-Salem Dash are set for a doubleheader at 11 a.m., while the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds will play one game against the West Virginia Power at 7:05 p.m.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Opponent

Doubleheader vs. Columbus Clippers (11:15 a.m.)

Game 1: Probable pitchers

Norfolk: Chris Tillman (2-0, 2.37 ERA)

Columbus: David Huff (4-0, 3.21 ERA)

Game 2: Probable pitchers

Norfolk: David Pauley (1-3, 4.71 ERA)

Columbus: Tomo Ohka (2-1, 3.03 ERA)

Notes

* Tillman earned the victory in each of his past two starts. The 21-year-old right-hander gave up three runs and four hits in five innings during his last start against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on May 1. Tillman struck out six batters and issued two walks in the Tides' 14-7 win. He also collected six strikeouts in six innings during Norfolk's 8-2 victory over the Durham Bulls on April 24.

* In four of his five starts so far this season, Huff has been the winning pitcher. The 24-year-old left-hander scattered four hits in six scoreless innings against Durham on May 1. Huff struck out four hitters and issued two walks in the Clippers' 14-1 victory.

* Pauley didn't pitch well against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in his last start on May 2. The 25-year-old right-hander suffered the loss after allowing five runs and 10 hits in three innings. Overall, Pauley has given up 11 runs and 24 hits in 21 innings for the Tides in four starts this season.

* On May 2 against the Durham Bulls, Ohka picked up the victory after allowing three runs and seven hits in six innings. The 33-year-old right-hander didn't factor in the decision on April 26 against the Indianapolis Indians despite only giving up two hits in six scoreless innings during the Clippers' 5-4 loss.

* The Tides (14-10) have won two straight games, but they are one game behind Durham (16-10) in the International League South Division. Columbus holds an 11-15 record after three consecutive losses. The Clippers are in last place in the West Division. They trail the division-leading Louisville Bats (13-13) by two games.Bowie Baysox (AA)

Opponent

Doubleheader vs. Trenton Thunder (11:05 a.m.)

Game 1: Probable pitchers

Bowie: Troy Patton (2-0, 1.21 ERA)

Trenton: Ryan Pope (1-1, 4.03 ERA)

Game 2: Probable pitchers

Bowie: Bobby Livingston (1-1, 3.57 ERA)

Trenton: Alan Horne (0-1, 7.36 ERA)

Notes

* In his last start, Patton gave up two runs and six hits in six innings against the Erie SeaWolves on April 28. The 23-year-old left-hander struck out five hitters and issued one walk in the game. Overall, Patton allowed four runs (three earned) and 14 hits in 22 1/3 innings during four starts in April. Opponents are hitting .175 against Patton this season.

* In the first game, Trenton will send Pope to the mound. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed three runs and six hits in five innings during his last start against the New Britain Rock Cats on May 1. Pope has given up 10 runs and 20 hits in 22 1/3 innings during four starts so far this season for the Thunder.

* Livingston leads the Baysox with 22 2/3 innings this season. The 26-year-old left-hander gave up five runs (two earned) and four hits in five innings during his last start against the Akron Aeros on May 1. Livingston only allowed one run and six hits in six innings against the Reading Phillies on April 25.

* Horne is expected to begin the second game for the Thunder. The 26-year-old right-hander gave up four runs (three earned) and six hits in 3 2/3 innings against the New Britain Rock Cats on May 2 during his only start so far in 2009. Horne struck out five batters and issued four walks in the game.

* With last night's loss, the Baysox are currently in fourth place in the Eastern League Southern Division with a 9-13 record. Bowie trails the division-leading Akron Aeros (18-4) by nine games. Trenton has won two straight games, and the team is in fourth place in the Northern Division with an 11-11 record. The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (15-11) lead the Thunder by two games.

Frederick Keys (A)

Opponent

Doubleheader vs. Winston-Salem Dash (11 a.m.)

Game 1: Probable pitchers

Frederick: Tim Bascom (2-2, 3.54 ERA)

Winston-Salem: Daniel Hudson (1-2, 1.23 ERA with the Single-A Kannapolis Intimidators in 2009)

Game 2: Probable pitchers

Frederick: TBA

Winston-Salem: Anthony Carter (2-2, 4.82 ERA)

Notes

* It has been a pretty good start to the 2009 season for Bascom with the Keys. The 24-year-old right-hander is 2-2 with a 3.54 ERA in five appearances (four starts). Although Bascom allowed 11 runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings against the Potomac Nationals on April 23, only two of the runs were earned. He rebounded nicely in his last start, picking up the victory after giving up two runs and seven hits in six innings against the Dash on April 28.

* Hudson is scheduled to make his debut with Winston-Salem after starting the season with the Single-A Kannapolis Intimidators. The 22-year-old right-hander was 1-2 in four starts for Kannapolis, but he only gave up five runs (three earned) in 22 innings. In his final start for the Intimidators on April 30 against Lake County, Hudson struck out 13 hitters in seven scoreless innings.

* The Keys didn't announce a starting pitcher for the second game, but the team will probably use several relievers during the matchup against Winston-Salem.

* Carter surrendered six runs (five earned) and seven hits in four innings during his last start against the Wilmington Blue Rocks on May 2. Overall, the 23-year-old right-hander has allowed 16 runs (15 earned) and 23 hits in 28 innings this season.

* Frederick is currently on a five-game losing streak. With a 9-16 record, the Keys are in last place in the Carolina League Northern Division. They trail the division-leading Lynchburg Hillcats and Potomac Nationals, who are both 15-10 so far this season, by six games. Winston-Salem (13-12) is in second place in the Southern Division. The Salem Red Sox (15-11) hold a 1 1/2-game lead over the Dash.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Opponent

West Virginia Power (7:05 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Delmarva: Ryan O'Shea (1-1, 4.87 ERA)

West Virginia: Tyler Cox (0-3, 9.50 ERA)

Notes

* O'Shea was roughed up in his last start against the Greensboro Grasshoppers on April 30. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed six runs and 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings in the Shorebirds' 7-3 loss. In four starts this season, O'Shea has given up 11 runs and 26 hits in 20 1/3 innings.

* In his first five games (four starts) this season, Cox hasn't experienced much success. The 23-year-old left-hander allowed six runs and five hits without recording an out against the Lexington Legends in the second game of a doubleheader on April 11. Cox gave up three runs and five hits in five innings against the Hagerstown Suns in his last start on April 30.

* After splitting last night's doubleheader, the Shorebirds (13-10) are in third place in the South Atlantic League Northern Division. Delmarva trails Kannapolis and Greensboro, who are both 15-11 this season, by 1/2 game in the division. West Virginia (7-18) is in last place in the division, trailing the leaders by 7 1/2 games.

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