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Today's game previews -- April 15

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides started at 11:15 a.m. today against the Charlotte Knights.

Right-hander Brad Bergesen started for the Tides, and Charlotte sent left-hander Wes Whisler to the mound.

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Bergesen gave up two runs and two hits in six innings for Norfolk. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out three hitters and issued two walks.

Check out O's on Deck later tonight for the full recap.

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Bowie Baysox (AA)
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Opponent

Erie SeaWolves (6:35 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Bowie: Jake Arrieta (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Erie: Jon Kibler (0-0, 6.75 ERA)

Notes

* In his Double-A debut, Arrieta struck out eight hitters in four scoreless innings against the Akron Aeros on April 9. The 23-year-old right-hander allowed one hit and walked two batters in Bowie's 2-1 loss. Despite making only 20 starts last season, Arrieta finished fourth in the Single-A Carolina League with 120 strikeouts. It looks like he's off to a similar start in 2009.

* Kibler is a Baltimore native who played in high school at Calvert Hall. The Detroit Tigers selected the 22-year-old left-hander in the 30th round of the 2007 MLB draft. He had a breakthrough season with the Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps last season, going 14-5 with a 1.75 ERA in 23 starts. Kibler gave up three runs and four hits in four innings against the Altoona Curve on April 9.Frederick Keys (A)

Opponent

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (7:05 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Frederick: Pedro Beato (0-1, 5.40 ERA)

Myrtle Beach: Jeff Locke (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Notes

* Beato suffered the loss in his first start of the season on April 10 against the Salem Red Sox. He gave up three runs and six hits in five innings. The 22-year-old right-hander struck out two hitters and issued one walk in the game.

* Locke pitched well in his season debut on April 10 against the Wilmington Blue Rocks. The 21-year-old left-hander tossed five scoreless innings, giving up three hits and striking out six batters. Last season, Locke was 5-12 with a 4.06 ERA in 25 games (24 starts) for the Single-A Rome Braves in the South Atlantic League. The Atlanta Braves selected Locke in the second round of the 2006 MLB draft.

* Brandon Waring and Pedro Florimon Jr. have hit successfully in each game they have played so far this season. Waring is currently on a six-game hitting streak, while Florimon has a hit in each of his five games in 2009. Florimon leads the Keys with a .368 batting average, and Waring is hitting .348.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Opponent

Hagerstown Suns (6:35 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Delmarva: Cole McCurry (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Hagerstown: Jack McGeary (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Notes

* McCurry allowed four hits and two walks in four scoreless innings during his first start on April 10 against the Lakewood BlueClaws. The 23-year-old left-hander struck out four hitters in the Shorebirds' 3-1 victory.

* McGeary tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up three hits and striking out seven batters, in his first start on April 10 against the Lake County Captains. The 20-year-old left-hander was 2-2 with a 4.07 ERA in 12 starts for the Gulf Coast League Nationals in 2008. He finished the season with one start for the Vermont Lake Monsters in the short-season Single-A New York-Penn League.

* With four hits in last night's game against Hagerstown, Ronnie Welty is now leading the Shorebirds with a .368 batting average. The 21-year-old outfielder leads the South Atlantic League with seven runs scored, and he also has a home run and four RBIs. In the first three games of the series against the Suns, Welty is 7-for-12.

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