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Today's game previews -- April 17

The Single-A Frederick Keys will play their home opener against the Salem Red Sox tonight, while the Double-A Bowie Baysox and Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds continue their homestands.

Meanwhile, the Triple-A Norfolk Tides start the final series of their road trip against the Gwinnett Braves.

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Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Opponent

at Gwinnett Braves (7 p.m.)

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Probable pitchers

Norfolk: David Hernandez (0-0, 1.93 ERA)

Gwinnett: Charlie Morton (1-0, 1.50 ERA)

Notes

* Hernandez tossed 4 2/3 innings, giving up one run and two hits, in his first start of the season for the Tides. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out nine batters and issued two walks in Norfolk's 2-1 loss to the Durham Bulls on April 12.

* Morton was bothered by a strained left oblique in spring training, which caused the Atlanta Braves to put him on the 15-day disabled list. The 25-year-old right-hander struck out 12 hitters, allowing one run and one hit in six innings in his first start of the season against the Charlotte Knights on April 12.

* Relief pitcher Fredy Deza was promoted to Norfolk from Bowie. The 26-year-old right-hander fills one of the two spots vacated by Radhames Liz and Matt Albers, who were both called up to the major leagues earlier this week.

* After losing the first three games to Durham, the Tides roared back by taking three out of four contests from the Knights. Norfolk plays three games against Gwinnett before heading back to Harbor Park for a nine-game homestand.Bowie Baysox (AA)

Opponent

Akron Aeros (7:05 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Bowie: Brandon Erbe (0-1, 3.00 ERA)

Akron: Josh Tomlin (0-1, 1.80 ERA)

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Notes

* In his first start on April 11 against Akron, Erbe suffered the loss after giving up three runs (one earned) in three innings. The 21-year-old right-hander didn't allow any hits in the game, but he walked four batters. He struck out one hitter in Bowie's 12-2 loss to the Aeros.

* Tomlin pitched well for the Aeros on April 10, but Baysox pitcher Troy Patton outdueled him in Bowie's 3-0 victory. Tomlin gave up one run and three hits in five innings, while striking out two hitters.

* Although his seven-game hitting streak ended last night, Baysox first baseman Brandon Snyder collected an RBI with a sacrifice fly. The 22-year-old infielder is batting .394 (13-for-33). He is tied for second in the Eastern League with two home runs, tied for second with eight RBIs, and he ranks second in hits (13).

Frederick Keys (A)

Opponent

Salem Red Sox (7 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Frederick: Tim Bascom (1-0, 1.50 ERA)

Salem: Jose Capellan (0-0, 3.60 ERA)

Notes

* Bascom allowed no runs and four hits in the Keys' 3-2 victory over Salem during his first start of the season. The 24-year-old right-hander also gave up one run while pitching in relief against the Red Sox on April 9. Right-handed hitters are only batting .118 against Bascom in his first two appearances.

* Against the Keys on April 11, Capellan gave up three runs (two earned) and seven hits in five innings. The 22-year-old left-hander struck out one hitter and issued one walk in Salem's 6-5 victory over Frederick. He was 3-6 with a 4.65 ERA in 15 starts for the Single-A Greenville Drive last season.

* Shortstop Pedro Florimon Jr. is off to a quick start for the Keys. The 22-year-old infielder is batting .321 (9-for-28) with one home run, four RBIs and three stolen bases. Florimon is second in the Carolina League with 10 runs scored, and he has a hit and a run scored in all seven games that he's played in 2009.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Opponent

Lake County Captains (7:05 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Delmarva: Ryan O'Shea (0-0, 1.80 ERA)

Lake County: Ryan Miller (0-1, 6.23 ERA)

Notes

* O'Shea pitched five innings on April 11 against the Lakewood BlueClaws in his first start of the season. The 22-year-old right-hander gave up one run and four hits in the Shorebirds' 3-2 loss. Last year, O'Shea was 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 16 relief appearances for the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds after the Orioles selected him in the 27th round of the MLB draft.

* Miller suffered the loss against the Hagerstown Suns on April 12 after allowing three runs and only one hit in 4 1/3 innings. The 22-year-old left-hander struck out seven hitters, but he also issued five walks. Miller was 8-7 with a 3.72 ERA in 26 games (24 starts) for Lake County last season.

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