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Today's game previews -- April 22

Three of the four full-season affiliates in the Orioles' minor league system play games during the day. The Double-A Bowie Baysox also will complete last night's suspended game at Prince George's Stadium. The Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds play at 7:05 p.m.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Opponent

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Charlotte Knights (12:15 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

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Norfolk: Chris Waters (1-1, 3.86 ERA)

Charlotte: Jeffrey Marquez (0-2, 20.25 ERA)

Notes

* Waters earned his first victory of the season on April 16 after pitching six scoreless innings against Charlotte. The 28-year-old left-hander struck out four hitters and issued two walks in six innings during the Tides' 10-0 win. He struggled in his first start against the Durham Bulls on April 11, giving up four runs and six hits in 3 1/3 innings.

* Marquez has struggled mightily in his first two starts, allowing 13 runs (12 earned) and 14 hits in 5 1/3 innings. The 24-year-old right-hander gave up six earned runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings against the Tides on April 16. He also surrendered six earned runs and six hits in 1 2/3 innings against the Gwinnett Braves on April 11.

* The Tides have won six straight games heading into today's contest. During the current streak, Norfolk has outscored its opponents, 36-12.Bowie Baysox (AA)

Opponent

Erie SeaWolves (11:05 a.m.)

Probable pitchers

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

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

Notes

* Prior to the start of today's regularly scheduled game, the Baysox and SeaWolves will complete last night's suspended game. Bowie will start with Paco Figueroa on first base and Melvin Dorta hitting with an 0-2 count in the bottom of the third inning. Erie holds a 3-2 lead after back-to-back doubles off Baysox starter Jake Arrieta in the top of the second. Bowie relief pitcher Jim Hoey is expected to pitch when play resumes.

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* Patton was expected to start the second game of last night's doubleheader before it was postponed. He'll get the nod to begin the originally scheduled game when it is played today at Prince George's Stadium. The 23-year-old left-hander won his first two starts in 2009, and he hasn't allowed a run in 11 innings. Patton pitched six scoreless innings against the Akron Aeros in Bowie's home opener 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 today at Prince George's Stadium.

Frederick Keys (A)

Opponent

at Lynchburg Hillcats (11:05 a.m.)

Probable pitchers

Frederick: Zach Britton (0-0, 2.00 ERA)

Lynchburg: Ronald Uviedo (0-1, 1.80 ERA)

Notes

* Britton hasn't been involved in a decision during his first two starts for the Keys. The 21-year-old left-hander allowed two earned runs and five hits in four innings against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in his last start on April 26. Britton struck out five batters and walked two in Frederick's 7-4 victory.

* Prior to this season, Uviedo hadn't made a start since 2005 in the Venezuelan Summer League as a member of the Seattle Mariners' minor league system. In two starts so far in 2009, the 22-year-old right-hander is 0-1 with a 1.80 ERA. He has given up four runs (two earned) and 12 hits in 10 innings.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Opponent

Hagerstown Suns (7:05 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

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

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

Notes

* McCurry hasn't allowed any runs in his first two starts, but he is still searching for his first victory in 2009. The 23-year-old left-hander gave up four hits in six scoreless innings in his last start against the Lake County Captains. McCurry struck out seven batters and didn't walk anyone in the Shorebirds' 3-0 loss in 10 innings.

* McGeary is likely to start for Hagerstown after last night's game was postponed. 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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