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Today's game previews -- April 21

Earlier today, the Orioles placed utility player Ryan Freel on the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Lou Montanez from the Triple-A Norfolk Tides.

This transaction caused a ripple effect within the organization.

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Outfielder Jeff Fiorentino, despite hitting .087 (2-for-23) in seven games for the Double-A Bowie Baysox so far this season, was sent to Norfolk as Montanez's replacement.

To fill Fiorentino's spot in Bowie, outfielder Joe Nowicki was added to the roster. Nowicki hasn't appeared in any games this season, but he batted .276 with 19 home runs and 78 RBIs in 130 games for the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds in 2008.

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All four full-season affiliates in the Orioles' minor league system were rained out yesterday, so there are plenty of games scheduled tonight -- seven to be exact.

The Tides will play a single game against the Charlotte Knights, but the other three teams will participate in doubleheaders. The Baysox will host the Erie SeaWolves for two games starting at 6:05 p.m., while the Single-A Frederick Keys will play twice on the road against the Lynchburg Hillcats beginning at the same time. Delmarva will play two games against the Hagerstown Suns at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury. The first game will start at 5:35 p.m.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Opponent

Charlotte Knights (7:15 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

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

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

Notes

* Jason Berken will take Brad Bergesen's spot in the rotation tonight. The 25-year-old right-hander was scratched from his scheduled start for the Baysox Sunday. 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 Monday 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.

* According to the Tides, last night's postponement was the first home opener rained out since the Tidewater Tides had their season opener postponed at Frank D. Lawrence Stadium in 1969, the first year for the organization at the Triple-A level.Bowie Baysox (AA)

Opponent

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Doubleheader vs. Erie SeaWolves (6:05 p.m.)

Game 1: Probable pitchers

Bowie: Jake Arrieta (1-0, 1.00 ERA)

Erie: Jon Kibler (0-1, 8.83 ERA)

Game 2: Probable pitchers

Bowie: Troy Patton (2-0, 1.00 ERA)

Erie: Alfredo Figaro (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

Notes

* What a night to catch a doubleheader in Bowie! For the price of one ticket, you'll get to see Arrieta and Patton pitch for the Baysox. The SeaWolves will counter with a former local high school pitcher (Kibler), as well as the Eastern League's Pitcher of the Week for last week (Figaro).

* Arrieta earned his first Double-A victory after giving up one run and seven hits in five innings against the SeaWolves on April 15. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out four hitters and walked three in Bowie's 9-3 win. Arrieta currently ranks seventh in the Eastern League with 12 strikeouts in two starts, but everyone above him has made at least three appearances.

* Kibler, a Baltimore native and Calvert Hall graduate, will face the Baysox for the second time in less than a week. He didn't pitch well in the first meeting against Arrieta and Bowie on April 15 in Erie. The 22-year-old left-hander suffered the loss after allowing six runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. Overall, Kibler has given up nine runs and 13 hits in 9 2/3 innings this season.

* Patton looks to continue his streak of scoreless innings to begin the 2009 season. The 23-year-old left-hander has not allowed a run in 11 innings over his first two starts, which were both against the Akron Aeros. Over that span, Patton has given up six hits and three walks. He struck out six hitters in six innings during his last start against the Aeros on April 16.

* In two starts so far this season, Figaro has been nearly unhittable. The 24-year-old right-hander tossed seven no-hit innings against the Altoona Curve on April 16. He struck out five hitters and issued three walks in the game. Overall, Figaro has pitched 12 2/3 scoreless innings this season, which is even better than Patton's numbers. It looks like there might be very few runs scored in the nightcap tonight at Prince George's Stadium.

* So far this season, Baysox relief pitchers Wilfrido Perez, Josh Perrault and Chad Thall have combined for 21 1/3 scoreless innings. All three pitchers have made five appearances, and Perrault leads the trio with 10 innings. The three relievers have only allowed six hits, and Perez has three saves.

Frederick Keys (A)

Opponent

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

Game 1: Probable pitchers

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

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

Game 2: Probable pitchers

Frederick: Chris Salberg (0-2, 11.57 ERA)

Lynchburg: Dustin Molleken (2-0, 4.50 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.

* Salberg has allowed at least two runs in each of his three appearances for the Keys this season. The 24-year-old left-hander will be making his first start in the second game of the doubleheader. In 2 2/3 innings against the Salem Red Sox on April 18, Salberg gave up two runs and one hit. He walked two hitters in the outing.

* In three appearances out of the bullpen for Lynchburg, Molleken has earned two victories. The 24-year-old right-hander struggled in his last outing, however. He gave up four runs and six hits in three innings against Winston-Salem on April 16.

* After Sunday'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.

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Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Opponent

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Doubleheader vs. Hagerstown Suns (5:35 p.m.)

Game 1: Probable pitchers

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

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

Game 2: Probable pitchers

Delmarva: Colin Allen (0-1, 1.50 ERA)

Hagerstown: Jack McGeary (0-0, 5.19 ERA)

Notes

* Zagone ran into some trouble against Hagerstown, allowing five runs (three earned) and five hits in 4 1/3 innings on April 14. 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 on April 14, 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.

* In the second game of the doubleheader, Allen is scheduled to make his first start for the Shorebirds. The 22-year-old right-hander has allowed three runs (one earned) and four hits in six innings out of the bullpen for Delmarva. Last season, Allen was 3-2 with a 2.31 ERA in 14 games (11 starts) for the rookie-level Bluefield Orioles.

* McGeary is set to start for Hagerstown in the nightcap. The 20-year-old left-hander struggled with his control against the Lakewood BlueClaws in his last start on April 16. He issued six walks and struck out three hitters in three innings. McGeary also allowed five runs and four hits in the game.

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