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Today's game previews -- April 20

Tonight's game between the Double-A Bowie Baysox and Erie SeaWolves at Prince George's Stadium has been rained out, and there may be other postponements coming.

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides are scheduled to play their home opener at 7:15 p.m. against the Charlotte Knights at Harbor Park. The Single-A Frederick Keys hit the road again, while the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds continue their homestand against the Hagerstown Suns.

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Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Opponent

Charlotte Knights (7:15 p.m.)

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Probable pitchers

Norfolk: Jason Berken (1-1, 5.63 ERA with the Baysox in 2009)

Charlotte: Wes Whisler (1-0, 2.31 ERA)

Notes

* UPDATE (4:45 p.m.): The Tides confirmed that Jason Berken will take Brad Bergesen's spot in the rotation tonight, but a roster move to make room for him is pending. The 25-year-old right-hander was scratched from his scheduled start for the Baysox yesterday. Berken was 1-1 with a 5.63 ERA in two starts for the Baysox this season. He earned the victory in his last start for Bowie, allowing two runs and two hits in five innings against Erie on April 14.

* Whisler gave up one earned run and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Tides on April 15, but he didn't factor in the decision. The 26-year-old left-hander struck out four hitters and issued two walks. Overall, Whisler has allowed four runs (three earned) and 15 hits in 11 2/3 innings for Charlotte this season.

* In case you missed it, Tides left fielder Nolan Reimold was selected today as the International League Player of the Week for last week's performance. He batted .464 (13-for-28) with one home run and nine RBIs in seven games during the week.Bowie Baysox (AA)

Tonight's game between the Baysox and Erie has been postponed due to rain.

The two teams will play a doubleheader tomorrow beginning at 6:05 p.m. Gates at Prince George's Stadium will open at 5:30 p.m., and both games are scheduled for seven innings. The second game will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the opener.

Baysox starting pitcher Jake Arrieta is scheduled to begin the first game, while Baltimore native Jon Kibler is slated to pitch for Erie. Starters for the second game have not been announced.

If you had a ticket for tonight's game, it can be exchanged for a ticket of the same value for any Baysox home game this season. The Pi Day event, originally scheduled for tonight's game, now will be held on May 6. Members of Louie's Legends who planned on attending tonight's game can stop by the fan assistance table on May 4 for more details on how the rainout will affect the program.

Frederick Keys (A)

Opponent

at Lynchburg Hillcats (6:05 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Frederick: Pedro Beato (0-1, 4.00 ERA)

Lynchburg: Justin Wilson (1-0, 6.00 ERA)

Notes

* In his last start against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on April 15, Beato didn't factor in the decision. The 22-year-old right-hander gave up two runs (one earned) and five hits in four innings. He walked four hitters and threw two home runs in the Keys' 3-2 victory. Overall, Beato has allowed 11 hits and five runs (four earned) in nine innings.

* Wilson has struggled at times, but pitched effectively in his first two starts for the Hillcats. The 21-year-old left-hander earned the victory in his first game on April 10 against the Potomac Nationals after allowing three runs and three hits in five innings. Against the Winston-Salem Dash on April 15, Wilson gave up three runs and four hits in four innings.

* After yesterday's three-hit performance, Keys catcher Caleb Joseph is batting .324 in eight games this season. The 22-year-old catcher was 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs in Frederick's 9-3 loss to the Salem Red Sox. Joseph also had three hits against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on April 14.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Opponent

Hagerstown Suns (7:05 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Delmarva: Richard Zagone (1-1, 2.89 ERA)

Hagerstown: Brad Peacock (0-0, 1.64 ERA)

Notes

* On paper, the most exciting pitching matchup tonight will take place at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury. Zagone and Peacock faced each other on April 14 in Hagerstown, with the Suns earning an 11-5 victory.

* Zagone ran into some trouble against Hagerstown, allowing five runs (three earned) and five hits in 4 1/3 innings. The 22-year-old left-hander pitched very well in his first start of the season, however, giving up only only one hit in five innings against the Lakewood BlueClaws on April 9. Zagone has 10 strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings this season.

* Peacock is off to a quick start for the Suns in 2009. The 21-year-old right-hander doesn't have any wins, but he has compiled a 1.64 ERA in his first two starts. Peacock allowed four runs (two earned) and eight hits in four innings against Delmarva, but he struck out six batters in the game. In the Suns' 1-0 loss to the Lake County Captains on April 9, Peacock gave up five hits and collected five strikeouts in seven scoreless innings.

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