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Today's game previews -- May 24

I'm currently on a bus trip to watch the Triple-A Norfolk Tides play against the Rochester Red Wings at Harbor Park.

The Double-A Bowie Baysox are sponsoring the event, which will allow fans to catch up with some of the team's former players who are now with the Tides.

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I hope to provide live updates from the game, but we'll see how everything goes. I'm not sure how things will be set up in Norfolk. At the very least, you'll receive a first-hand account of how the Tides play as soon as I can later post later tonight.

The Baysox are in action on the road against the Harrisburg Senators, while the Single-A Frederick Keys host the Kinston Indians. The Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds look for their fifth consecutive victory against the Kannapolis Intimidators.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Opponent

Rochester Red Wings (1:15 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Norfolk: David Pauley (3-3, 3.96 ERA)

Rochester: Brian Duensing (2-3, 5.10 ERA)

Notes

* Pauley earned a win against the Louisville Bats in his last start on May 18 after pitching six scoreless innings. The 25-year-old right-hander gave up four hits and collected seven strikeouts in the Tides' 2-0 victory in the second game of a doubleheader. Pauley has allowed three runs or less in six of his seven starts this season.

* Norfolk continues to lead the International League South Division with a 28-13 record. The Tides have won 10 of their past 11 games, and they lead the Durham Bulls (26-16) by 2 1/2 games in the division. Rochester (20-20) is in third place in the North Division, trailing the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (28-14) by seven games.Bowie Baysox (AA)

Opponent

at Harrisburg Senators (2 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Bowie: Troy Patton (4-1, 1.14 ERA)

Harrisburg: Justin Jones (2-5, 4.25 ERA)

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Notes

* Patton leads the Eastern League with a 1.14 ERA in seven starts, and his four wins rank second on the Baysox behind Bobby Livingston, who earned his fifth victory on Saturday night against Harrisburg. Patton hasn't pitched more than six innings in any of his starts so far this season. The 23-year-old left-hander tossed five scoreless innings against the Altoona Curve on May 19.

* Bowie improved to 20-20 after last night's win over the Senators. The Baysox are in fourth place in the Eastern League Southern Division, trailing the first-place Akron Aeros (30-10) by 10 games. Harrisburg (11-28) is in last place in the division, and the Senators are 18 1/2 games behind Akron.

Frederick Keys (A)

Opponent

Kinston Indians (2 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Frederick: Tim Bascom (3-4, 2.78 ERA)

Kinston: Eric Berger (3-2, 1.82 ERA)

Notes

* Bascom is tied for the most victories on the Keys (three), but he also leads the team in losses (four). Despite only allowing two runs and five hits in seven innings, the 24-year-old right-hander suffered the loss against the Lynchburg Hillcats in his last start on May 19. Bascom has given up 26 runs in 35 2/3 innings this season, but only 12 were earned.

* The Keys (21-22) fell back below .500 with last night's loss to Kinston. Frederick is in last place in the Carolina League Northern Division, but first-place Lynchburg (27-15) is only 6 1/2 games ahead. Kinston (19-24) is in third place in the Southern Division. The Indians are 2 1/2 games behind the division-leading Winston-Salem Dash (21-21).

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Opponent

Kannapolis Intimidators (2:05 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Delmarva: Oliver Drake (1-2, 3.31 ERA)

Kannapolis: Stephen Sauer (2-2, 3.24 ERA)

Notes

* Drake only gave up two runs and six hits in seven innings against the Hickory Crawdads in his last start on May 19, but he didn't factor in the decision. Opponents are batting .239 against the 22-year-old right-hander in 32 2/3 innings so far this season. Drake struck out 21 batters and issued eight walks in his first seven games (six starts) in 2009.

* With four straight victories, the Shorebirds (21-18) have climbed back into third place in the South Atlantic League Northern Division. Delmarva trails the first-place Lakewood BlueClaws (24-17) by two games in the division, while the Kannapolis Intimidators (20-22) are 4 1/2 games behind.

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