The Bowie Baysox unveil this year's team for the home crowd tonight at Prince George's Stadium, and it's not a bad night to attend. Orioles prospect Troy Patton will start against the Akron Aeros after pitching very well (5 IP, 0R, 3H, 3BB, 3K) in his 2009 debut at Akron on April 10, and first baseman Brandon Snyder (right) has gotten off to a trememdous start at the plate. He batted .419 with two homers and seven RBIs on the season-opening seven-game road trip.
American Idol contestant Ju'Not Joyner of Bowie will sing the National Anthem and Lt. Governor Anthony Brown will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
That's just part of a big weekend for the local minor league affiliates. The Delmarva Shorebirds also kick off their home schedule tonight against Lake County and the Frederick Keys will celebrate opening night on Friday against the Salem Red Sox with a fireworks show.
The Norfolk Tides open at home on Monday night against Charlotte.
Radio days: Join me tonight at six for Sportsline on WBAL and WBAL.com. We'll be talking Orioles and getting your thoughts on Wednesday night's 19-6 beatdown in Texas. If you're not in signal range, go to WBAL.com and click on the "Listen Live" icon.
Baltimore Sun photo by Doug Kapustin