The Triple-A Norfolk Tides continue their series against the Rochester Red Wings, while the Double-A Bowie Baysox hit the road to face the Harrisburg Senators.
The Single-A Frederick Keys and Kinston Indians will play two games, and the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds return home to face the Kannapolis Intimidators.
Rochester Red Wings (7:15 p.m.)
Norfolk: David Hernandez (3-1, 3.50 ERA)
Rochester: Reid Santos (0-1, 5.96 ERA)
* Hernandez seems to be a popular choice among fans and writers as a replacement for Adam Eaton in the starting rotation for the Orioles. So, could this be his final start as a member of the Tides? It's too early to tell, but Hernandez pitched well in his previous start for Norfolk on May 16 against the Louisville Bats. The 24-year-old right-hander only allowed two hits in 5 1/3 scoreless innings during the Tides' 1-0 victory. He struck out six batters and issued four walks.
* Santos will make another start for the Red Wings after losing his spot in the rotation due to struggles early in the season. The 26-year-old left-hander was 0-1 with a 7.11 ERA in four starts for Rochester. Santos' last start was on May 5 against the Louisville Bats, and he made a relief appearance against the Indianapolis Indians on May 12. Santos only gave up two hits in 3 2/3 innings during the Red Wings' 6-5 win.
at Harrisburg Senators (7 p.m.)
Bowie: Jake Arrieta (4-1, 2.70 ERA)
Harrisburg: Luis Atilano (2-3, 6.52 ERA)
* In his past two starts, Arrieta is 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 12 innings. He tossed a seven-inning shutout against the Erie SeaWolves on May 16. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out 10 batters and allowed only one hit in Bowie's 4-0 win. Overall, Arrieta is tied for second in the Eastern League with 42 strikeouts, and he ranks 13th in ERA (2.70).
* It has been an up-and-down struggle for Atilano so far this season, but he pitched well against the Reading Phillies in his last start on May 17. The 24-year-old right-hander only allowed one run and six hits in five innings, and the Senators collected a 3-1 victory. Atilano, however, has given up at least four earned runs in four of his six starts in 2009.
* The Baysox are 19-19 this season, and they are currently in fourth place in the Eastern League Southern Division. Bowie is 10 games behind the division-leading Akron Aeros (29-9). Harrisburg (10-27) is in last place in the division, and the Senators are trailing Akron by 18 1/2 games.
Doubleheader vs. Kinston Indians (5 p.m.)
Game 1: Probable pitchers
Frederick: Zach Britton (1-1, 2.27 ERA)
Kinston: Joey Mahalic (0-1, 1.91 ERA with the Lake County Captains in 2009)
Game 2: Probable pitchers
Frederick: Chris Salberg (1-3, 7.30 ERA)
Kinston: Jonathan Holt (1-1, 3.33 ERA)
* Prior to tonight's originally scheduled matchup, the two teams will resume the game that was suspended due to rain in Kinston last Sunday. The Keys are winning, 2-0, in the bottom of the first inning. Since the game was started in Kinston, the Indians will be the home team even though it will be completed at Harry Grove Stadium.
* Although he has several solid performances this season, Britton finally picked up his first victory against Kinston in his last start on May 16. The 21-year-old left-hander struck out six batters and scattered four hits in six scoreless innings during the Keys' 4-3 victory. Britton is fourth in the Carolina League with a 2.27 ERA, and he is tied for sixth in the league with 38 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings.
* Mahalic was 0-1 with a 1.91 ERA in six starts for the Lake County Captains before recently being promoted to Kinston. He'll make his first appearance for the Indians in the opener tonight, but it technically doesn't count as a start since it's a suspended game.
* Salberg is scheduled to make his fourth start for the Keys in the nightcap. Primarily a relief pitcher, the 25-year-old left-hander is 1-3 with a 7.30 ERA in 10 games so far this season. Salberg suffered the loss against the Lynchburg Hillcats during his last appearance on May 18 after giving up five unearned runs in one inning.
* Holt will come out of the bullpen to make a spot start for Kinston in the second game. The 23-year-old right-hander is 1-1 with a 3.33 ERA in 12 appearances (one start) for the Indians so far this season. Overall, Holt has given up five home runs in 27 innings in 2009.
* The Keys (19-21) remain in last place in the Carolina League Northern Division, but they only trail first-place Lynchburg (25-15) by six games. After losing back-to-back games, Frederick won the final two meetings of their series against Lynchburg. Kinston is in third place in the Southern Division with an 18-22 record. The Indians trail the division-leading Salem Red Sox (21-20) by 2 1/2 games.
Kannapolis Intimidators (7:05 p.m.)
Delmarva: Cole McCurry (2-2, 1.93 ERA)
Kannapolis: Justin Edwards (1-1, 2.12 ERA)
* Although he still ranks eighth in the South Atlantic League with a 1.93 ERA, McCurry has suffered back-to-back losses for the Shorebirds. The 23-year-old left-hander gave up four runs and four hits in four innings against the West Virginia Power on May 17. McCurry collected four strikeouts and walked two batters in Delmarva's 10-2 loss.
* In his last start, Edwards didn't factor in the decision after allowing three runs and eight hits in six innings against the Lakewood BlueClaws on May 17. Overall, the 21-year-old left-hander has started three games for the Intimidators so far this season. Edwards missed the 2008 season after having Tommy John surgery.
* The Shorebirds are tied for third place in the South Atlantic League Northern Division with a 19-18 record. Kannapolis (20-20) is tied for fifth place in the division. Delmarva trails the division-leading Lakewood BlueClaws (23-16) by three games, while the Intimidators are 3 1/2 games back.