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Today¿s game previews -- Aug. 29

The Norfolk Tides take on the Richmond Braves at Harbor Park and the Frederick Keys face the Winston-Salem Warthogs at Harry Grove Stadium.

The Bowie Baysox are on the road against the Harrisburg Senators, the Delmarva Shorebirds continue their final homestand against the Lake County Captains and the Aberdeen IronBirds host the Vermont Lake Monsters.

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Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Opponent

Richmond Braves

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Probable pitchers

Norfolk: Andy Mitchell (12-7, 4.14 ERA)

Richmond: James Parr (4-3, 3.38 ERA)

Notes

* Mitchell is 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA in four games (two starts) against Richmond this season. He allowed one run and six hits in nine innings during his last start against the Charlotte Knights on Aug. 24. Mitchell didn't factor in the decision because the Tides lost the game in 10 innings.

* Mike Costanzo has 21 RBIs in August, which is tied for fifth in the International League. The 24-year-old infielder has had at least two RBIs in a game on seven different occasions this month.

* Outfielder Luis Terrero is second in the league with 87 RBIs this season. He is hitting .306 with one home run, seven RBIs and nine runs scored in his past 10 games.

* The Tides currently lead Richmond 11-7 in the season series with four games remaining between the two teams in 2008. Norfolk has won six of the past eight games.

Bowie Baysox (AA)

Opponent

Harrisburg Senators

Probable pitchers

Bowie: Brad Bergesen (15-5, 3.11 ERA)

Harrisburg: Jordan Zimmermann (6-2, 3.28 ERA)

Notes

* Bergesen is 3-1 with a 2.93 ERA in five starts against Harrisburg in 2008. However, he has lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. In his past two starts, Bergesen has allowed five earned runs and nine hits in 10 innings pitched.

* Third baseman Jeff Nettles trails former Baysox outfielder Lou Montanez by two home runs in the Eastern League. Nettles hit his 24th home run last night in Bowie's 9-3 loss to Trenton. With four games left in the season, Montanez is on pace for the Triple Crown in the league, but Nettles could change those plans if he hits a few more home runs.

Frederick Keys (A)

Opponent

Winston-Salem Warthogs

Probable pitchers

Frederick: Pedro Beato (4-9, 5.78 ERA)

Winston-Salem: John Ely (9-12, 4.68 ERA)

Notes

* Beato is 1-7 with a 6.95 ERA since coming off the disabled list in June. He allowed six earned runs and seven hits in six innings during his last start against the Salem Avalanche on Aug. 22. He hasn't won a game since July 16, when he gave up two earned runs and five hits in seven innings against the Lynchburg Hillcats.

* Brandon Snyder is hitting .413 with seven doubles, two home runs and 17 RBIs in August. He is 10-for-17 with three RBIs and six runs scored in his past four games.

* The Keys' starting pitchers have carried a no-hitter at least into the fifth inning in each of the past three games. In five of the past six games, the Keys' starter has pitched at least six innings.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Opponent

Lake County Captains

Probable pitchers

Delmarva: Zach Britton (11-7, 3.18 ERA)

Lake County: Joanniel Montero (4-6, 5.16 ERA)

Notes

* Britton pitched six innings in his last start against the Hagerstown Suns. He suffered the loss after allowing four earned runs and seven hits in the outing.

* Infielder Jedidiah Stephen is 0-for-20 with 11 strikeouts in five games since being promoted from Aberdeen. Outfielder Robbie Widlansky is 7-for-28 with two RBIs and two runs scored in seven games since being called up by the Shorebirds.

* Center fielder Matt Angle ranks sixth in the South Atlantic League with 37 stolen bases, but he hasn't successfully swiped one since Aug. 17 against the Savannah Sand Gnats. He's been caught stealing twice during that time period.

Aberdeen IronBirds (A)

Opponent

Vermont Lake Monsters

Probable pitchers

Aberdeen: Aaron Odom (2-5, 4.23 ERA)

Vermont: Pat McCoy (1-5, 5.79 ERA)

Notes

* Center fielder Calvin Lester is hitting .310 in 27 games at Ripken Stadium, but he only has a .198 batting average in 27 road games. He is 13-for-25 in his past seven home games.

* Shortstop Garabez Rosa made his debut for the IronBirds last night and was 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He was the 46th different player used by Aberdeen this season.

* After tonight's game, the IronBirds will play their final eight games against divisional opponents. They'll play two games at Ripken Stadium and two games on the road against both the Staten Island Yankees and Brooklyn Cyclones to conclude the 2008 season.

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