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Today's game previews -- May 13

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides face the Syracuse Chiefs tonight, while the Double-A Bowie Baysox conclude their three-game series against the Akron Aeros.

The Single-A Frederick Keys play the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, and the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds are idle.

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Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Opponent

at Syracuse Chiefs (7 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Norfolk: David Pauley (2-3, 4.85 ERA)

Syracuse: Marco Estrada (1-0, 3.49 ERA)

Notes

* It has been a struggle for Pauley to be consistent so far this season. In his last start, the 25-year-old right-hander earned the victory after allowing three runs and seven hits in five innings against the Columbus Clippers on May 7. Pauley gave up five runs and 10 hits in three innings during the Tides' 5-1 loss to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on May 2.

* Estrada is scheduled to make his seventh start of the season in Wednesday's game against the Tides. The 25-year-old right-hander hasn't pitched more than five innings in a game so far in 2009, and he has only been involved in the decision during one start -- a victory over the Buffalo Bisons on April 27. Estrada gave up two runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings against the Indianapolis Indians in his last start on May 8.

* After last night's victory over Syracuse, the Tides (19-12) hold a 1 1/2-game lead over the Durham Bulls (18-14) in the International League South Division. The Chiefs are in fourth place in the North Division with a 16-14 record. They are six games behind the division-leading Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (23-9), who have lost four straight games.Bowie Baysox (AA)

Opponent

at Akron Aeros (10:35 a.m.)

Probable pitchers

Bowie: Troy Patton (3-0, 0.95 ERA)

Akron: Josh Tomlin (3-1, 4.44 ERA)

Notes

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* Patton leads the Eastern League with a 0.95 ERA after five starts in 2009. The 23-year-old left-hander has given up four runs (three earned) and 16 hits in 28 1/3 innings for the Baysox. In his last start, Patton allowed two hits in six scoreless innings against the Trenton Thunder in the first game of a doubleheader on May 7. He struck out six batters and issued two walks in Bowie's 6-0 victory.

* In two starts against the Baysox so far this season, Tomlin is 1-1 with a 1.64 ERA in 11 innings. The 24-year-old right-hander gave up one run and three hits in five innings in Akron on April 10, and he allowed one run and four hits in six innings on April 17 at Prince George's Stadium. Tomlin suffered the loss in the first start, but he picked up the victory in the second game.

* The Baysox gained two games on Akron with victories in the past two nights. Bowie is currently in fourth place in the Eastern League Southern Division with a 13-16 record, while the Aeros are nine games ahead of them with a 22-7 record. The Erie SeaWolves (20-10) are in second place in the division, and the Reading Phillies (17-12) are in third.

Frederick Keys (A)

Opponent

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (7 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Frederick: Nathan Nery (0-0, 6.00 ERA)

Myrtle Beach: Erik Cordier (0-1, 2.25 ERA)

Notes

* Nery is expected to make his second start for Frederick after being recalled from Delmarva earlier this month. The 23-year-old left-hander gave up four runs and nine hits in six innings during his debut with the Keys against the Winston-Salem Dash on May 7. Nery was 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA in five games (four starts) for the Shorebirds before his promotion.

* In his last start, Cordier tossed five scoreless innings, allowing two hits, against the Kinston Indians on May 8. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out five batters and issued two walks in the Pelicans' 9-3 loss. Cordier left the game with a 2-0 lead, but the bullpen was unable to preserve the win.

* Frederick is inching closer to the other teams in the Carolina League Northern Division. The Keys have won four straight games, which improves their record to 14-18. Frederick is still in last place in the division, but the Wilmington Blue Rocks (14-17) are only 1/2-game in front of the Keys. The Lynchburg Hillcats (20-11) continue to lead the division. Myrtle Beach is in last place in the Southern Division with a 10-22 record. The Salem Red Sox and Kinston Indians share the division lead. Both teams are seven games ahead of the Pelicans with a 17-15 record.

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