The Triple-A Norfolk Tides return to action tonight against the Gwinnett Braves at Harbor Park.
The Double-A Bowie Baysox continue their series with the Erie SeaWolves, while the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds face the Lakewood BlueClaws at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury.
The Single-A Frederick Keys defeated the Winston-Salem Dash, 6-4, in a day game. Be sure to come back to O's on Deck later for a complete recap.
Earlier today, the Baysox announced two roster moves. Outfielder Danny Figueroa was placed on the 7-day disabled list with an undisclosed injury. He is eligible to return to the Baysox on Monday, May 4. In order to replace Figueroa, the team added outfielder Brian Conley to the roster from extended spring training.
In seven games this season, Figueroa is hitting .316 with one home run and four RBIs. Conley, a Gaithersburg native who played in college at Towson, batted .248 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 38 games for the rookie-level Bluefield Orioles in 2008.
Gwinnett Braves (7:15 p.m.)
Norfolk: Chris Waters (2-1, 3.77 ERA)
Gwinnett: Charlie Morton (1-1, 6.43 ERA)
* Waters earned a win in each of his last two starts for the Tides. The 28-year-old left-hander gave up two runs and four hits in five innings against the Charlotte Knights on April 22. Waters also defeated the Knights on April 16 when he pitched six scoreless innings.
* Morton has struggled to be consistent in three starts this season. The 25-year-old right-hander only allowed one run and one hit in six innings during his first game on April 12 against Charlotte. He didn't factor in the decision against Norfolk on April 17 after giving up three runs and eight hits in five innings. Morton lost to the Durham Bulls in his last start on April 22 after surrendering six runs and eight hits in three innings.
* Norfolk has scored first in 12 out of 16 games so far this season. The Tides will improve to 12-5 with a victory tonight, which would surpass last season's total for April. The team was 11-14 during the first month in 2008.Bowie Baysox (AA)
at Erie SeaWolves (6:35 p.m.)
Bowie: Troy Patton (2-0, 0.55 ERA)
Erie: Jon Kibler (0-1, 8.49 ERA)
* In 16 1/3 innings during his first three starts for the Baysox, Patton allowed two runs (one earned) and eight hits. The 23-year-old left-hander is 2-0 with 10 strikeouts this season. Patton pitched 5 1/3 innings against the Reading Phillies on April 23, but he didn't factor in the decision.
* Kibler is scheduled to pitch against the Baysox tonight, which will be his third start against them in the first month of the 2009 season. The Calvert Hall graduate and Maryland native suffered the loss against Bowie on April 15 after giving up six runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. Kibler allowed two runs and four hits in two innings against Bowie on April 21 before rain pushed the completion of the game until the next day.
The Keys picked up a 6-4 victory over Winston-Salem this afternoon. Frederick starting pitcher Tim Bascom earned his second win of the season, and left fielder Kraig Binick was 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs. For more details, come back to O's on Deck later tonight when I post the game recaps.
Lakewood BlueClaws (7:05 p.m.)
Delmarva: Richard Zagone (1-1, 1.72 ERA)
Lakewood: Robert Roth (1-0, 3.38 ERA)
* Zagone pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Hagerstown Suns in his last start on April 21. The 22-year-old left-hander allowed two hits and collected one strikeout in Delmarva's 2-1 win, but he didn't factor in the decision. Zagone is 1-1 with a 1.72 ERA in three starts this season for the Shorebirds.
* In his last start, Roth gave up three runs and five hits in six innings against the Lake County Captains on April 22. The 20-year-old right-hander picked up his first victory of the season in Lakewood's 6-5 win. Roth allowed 10 runs (six earned) and 16 hits in 16 innings during his first three starts for the BlueClaws.
* Orioles utility player Ryan Freel was scheduled to participate in a rehab assignment with the Shorebirds beginning last night, but he was a late scratch due to undisclosed reasons.