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Today¿s game previews -- Aug. 25

The playoff-bound Bowie Baysox are idle, but there is still plenty of baseball to be played in the Orioles' minor-league system tonight.

The Norfolk Tides continue their three-game series on the road against the Charlotte Knights. The Frederick Keys will play the Lynchburg Hillcats to begin their final series on the road in 2008. The Delmarva Shorebirds begin a crucial three-game series against the Lakewood BlueClaws and the Aberdeen IronBirds play the Oneonta Tigers.

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One quick note: I've received a few requests to link to the official Web sites of the different O's affiliates in the game previews and recaps. Unfortunately, the blog software was giving me trouble when I was trying to do this over the past couple days. I'm not sure what the problem is, but you can access the different sites by clicking here. You can also find this information all the time by clicking on "Links: O's affiliates, area teams" on the right side of this blog under the different resources that are listed.

Another quick note: I'm attempting to compile a list of current minor leaguers from Maryland for use in the future on the blog. I'm off to a pretty good start, but it's nearly impossible to name every player. Please e-mail me if you know of someone from the state (or that played in college here). Thanks in advance for the help.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Opponent

Charlotte Knights

Pitchers

Norfolk: Craig Anderson (6-8, 6.47 ERA)

Charlotte: Charlie Haeger (9-12, 4.63 ERA)

Notes

* Anderson is 4-0 with a 3.34 ERA in seven games (five starts) since the All-Star break. The 27-year-old pitcher allowed three runs or less in each of those seven games. He pitched two scoreless innings of relief against the Toledo Mud Hens on Aug. 21 to pick up the win in his last appearance.

* Outfielder Chris Roberson leads the International League with 21 outfield assists. Roberson also has a six-game hitting streak. He is 10-for-24 with a home run and four RBIs during that span.

* Norfolk leads the league with a .339 batting average (42-for-124) with the bases loaded. With eight games remaining, the Tides have scored 605 runs. The team scored 568 runs last season and 497 in 2006.

Frederick Keys (A)

Opponent

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Lynchburg Hillcats

Pitchers

Frederick: Brett Bordes (0-1, 11.57 ERA)

Lynchburg: Michael Crotta (9-9, 4.82 ERA)

Notes

* Jake Renshaw was originally scheduled to make tonight's start for the Keys, but he was placed on the disabled list with elbow inflammation. Instead, Bordes will be making his first career start. He's expected to pitch two or three innings before the Keys go to the bullpen.

* Lynchburg won two out of three games against the Keys in Frederick last week. Two of the three games went into extra innings. Frederick's only win was in the series finale when third baseman Billy Rowell hit a walk-off solo home run to give the Keys a 2-1 victory.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Opponent

Lakewood BlueClaws

Pitchers

Delmarva: Sean Gleason (11-1, 2.65 ERA)

Lakewood: Vance Worley (2-1, 2.29 ERA)

Notes

* Gleason makes his 20th start for the Shorebirds tonight. He pitched seven scoreless innings against Hagerstown in his last start on Aug. 20 to earn his 11th victory of the season. The 23-year-old right-hander hasn't allowed a home run since Lakewood's Michael Taylor hit one against him on June 8. He has thrown 90 2/3 innings without surrendering another home run.

* The Shorebirds have nine games remaining in the 2008 season and they currently trail the West Virginia Power by six games. Lakewood is 2 1/2 games behind West Virginia, so the three-game series between the two teams will play a major role in the final standings. The two teams also play three games in Delmarva to conclude the regular season.

Aberdeen IronBirds (A)

Opponent

Oneonta Tigers

Pitchers

Aberdeen: Nathan Moreau (1-1, 5.96 ERA)

Oneonta: TBA

Notes

* Moreau has 34 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings for the IronBirds in 2008, but he's allowed 17 runs (15 earned). He allowed six earned runs and four hits in 2 2/3 innings pitched against the Vermont Lake Monsters in his last appearance on Aug. 12.

* The IronBirds had 12 home runs from Aug. 1-17, including six by third baseman Tyler Kolodny, but the team hasn't hit one in the four games since the All-Star break. The IronBirds are 15-11 when they hit at least one home run.

* Caleb Joseph and T.J. Baxter each have 14 multi-hit games for Aberdeen, which is the most on the team. Joseph tied a franchise-record with five hits against the Jamestown Jammers on July 16.

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