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Today's game previews -- April 13

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides are still searching for their first victory in 2009, while the Double-A Bowie Baysox hope to hand the Erie SeaWolves their first loss of the season.

The Single-A Frederick Keys continue their road trip in Myrtle Beach, while the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds travel across the state to play the Hagerstown Suns.

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Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Opponent

Charlotte Knights (7:15 p.m.)

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Probable pitchers

Norfolk: Chris Tillman (11-4, 3.18 ERA with the Baysox in 2008)

Charlotte: Carlos Torres (9-5, 3.42 ERA with Knights and Double-A Birmingham Barons in 2008)

Notes

* Tillman makes his first start for the Tides tonight. The young right-hander, who will celebrate his 21st birthday on Wednesday, was 11-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 28 starts for Bowie last season. Tillman finished second in the Eastern League with 154 strikeouts, but he also was third in the league with 65 walks.

* Torres compiled a 9-5 record with a 3.42 ERA in 29 games (18 starts) while splitting time between Charlotte and Birmingham in the minor league system of the Chicago White Sox. The 26-year-old right-hander was 9-5 with a 3.20 ERA in 21 games (17 starts) with the Barons before collecting a 4.58 ERA in eight games (one start) with the Knights.

* Last season, the Tides didn't hit the team's first home run until the ninth game of the season. Through the first three games in 2009, Norfolk has three home runs -- two by outfielder Nolan Reimold and one by infielder Donnie Murphy. According to the Tides, the fence at Harbor Park was moved in 20 feet this season due to the construction of a party deck. Look for the home runs to continue when the team concludes the season-opening road trip.Bowie Baysox (AA)

Opponent

Erie SeaWolves (6:35 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Bowie: Bobby Livingston (0-0, 9.00 ERA)

Erie: Luis Marte (7-7, 3.76 ERA with three teams in Detroit Tigers' minor league system)

Notes

* Livingston gave up one run and two hits in one inning during a relief appearance against the Akron Aeros on Thursday. The 26-year-old left-hander, who the Orioles signed as a minor league free agent in January, struck out one hitter and issued one walk in the outing. Livingston was 7-6 with a 4.03 ERA in 15 starts for three different teams (rookie-level Gulf Coast Reds, Single-A Sarasota Reds and Triple-A Louisville Bats) in the Cincinnati Reds' minor league system.

* Marte was 3-2 with a 1.98 ERA in seven starts for the Single-A Lakeland Flying Tigers last season. The 22-year-old right-hander also posted a 4-4 record with a 5.05 ERA in 10 starts for the SeaWolves in 2008. Marte has 216 strikeouts in 215 career innings in the minor leagues, but he only struck out 32 hitters in 57 innings for the SeaWolves last year.

* Through four games, Baysox first baseman Brandon Snyder is leading the team with a .412 batting average. The 22-year-old infielder also ranks first on the team with five RBIs. Second baseman Miguel Abreu is hitting .313 (5-for-16) with an RBI and two runs scored so far this season.

Frederick Keys (A)

Opponent

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (7 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Frederick: Sean Gleason (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Myrtle Beach: Jose Ortegano (0-1, 13.50 ERA)

Notes

* Gleason will make his first start of the 2009 season after pitching one scoreless inning against the Salem Red Sox on April 10. The 23-year-old right-hander was 12-2 with a 2.63 ERA in 30 games (21 starts) for the Shorebirds in 2008. Gleason only allowed three home runs in 150 2/3 innings last season.

* Pitching out of the bullpen, Ortegano suffered the loss against the Wilmington Blue Rocks on April 9. The 21-year-old left-hander gave up two runs and two hits in 1 1/3 innings for the Pelicans, who are the Single-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. Ortegano was 2-5 with a 4.62 ERA in 17 games (15 starts) for the Single-A Rome Braves in 2008. He led the rookie-level Appalachian League with a 1.48 ERA during the 2007 season with the Danville Braves.

* Caleb Joseph is hitting .308 (4-for-13) with one RBI and two runs scored in three games for the Keys. Shortstop Pedro Florimon Jr. is batting .300 (3-for-10) with a home run, four RBIs and four runs scored.

* In the first four games, the Keys committed eight errors. The team made four defensive miscues during the first game of the season against Salem. Third baseman Tyler Henson leads the team with four.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Opponent

Hagerstown Suns (6:35 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Delmarva: Oliver Drake (1-0, 0.82 ERA with Aberdeen and Bluefield in 2008)

Hagerstown: Marcos Frias (3-4, 2.92 ERA with the GCL Nationals in 2008)

Notes

* The Shorebirds just announced that Drake will make tonight's start, and left-hander Nathan Nery was sent to the Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds in order to make room on the roster. Drake was 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA in 12 appearances split between the IronBirds and rookie-level Bluefield Orioles in 2008. The 22-year-old right-hander struck out 24 hitters and only issued three walks in 22 innings last season. Tonight will be his first professional start.

* Frias was 3-4 with a 2.92 ERA in 13 games (nine starts) for the Washington Nationals affiliate in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League last season. The 20-year-old right-hander struck out 38 hitters and issued 14 walks in 64 2/3 innings in 2008.

* With six RBIs in yesterday's victory over the Lakewood BlueClaws, Joe Mahoney is leading the team by an overwhelming margin in that category. The 22-year-old first baseman has seven RBIs overall, while Greg Miclat and LJ Hoes are tied for second with two each. Mahoney also leads the team in batting average (.375), triples (two), hits (six) and total bases (10).

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