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I apologize in advance to the fans who are checking out today's game previews for the four full-season affiliates in the Orioles' minor league system.

Unfortunately, there isn't much time to post extended notes because all four teams play before noon.

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The Triple-A Norfolk Tides face the Toledo Mud Hens, while the Double-A Bowie Baysox take on the Altoona Curve.

The Single-A Frederick Keys continue their series against the Wilmington Blue Rocks, and the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds host the Hickory Crawdads.

Take note of Norfolk's starting pitcher. If he is scratched, it's pretty much assumed who will be starting for the Orioles on Thursday night. We should know by 10:30 a.m. at the latest.

According to The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly, a baseball source confirmed that it will be David Hernandez who will start for the Orioles against the Tigers on Thursday.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Opponent

at Toledo Mud Hens (10:30 a.m.)

Probable pitchers

Norfolk: David Hernandez (3-1, 3.50 ERA)

Toledo: Chris Lambert (1-5, 6.29 ERA)Bowie Baysox (AA)

Opponent

at Altoona Curve (10:35 a.m.)

Probable pitchers

Bowie: John Mariotti (0-2, 6.46 ERA)

Altoona: Brad Lincoln (1-3, 2.31 ERA)

Frederick Keys (A)

Opponent

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at Wilmington Blue Rocks (11 a.m.)

Probable pitchers

Frederick: Pedro Beato (2-3, 4.54 ERA)

Wilmington: Eduardo Paulino (1-1, 6.75 ERA)

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Opponent

Hickory Crawdads (10:35 a.m.)

Probable pitchers

Delmarva: Cole McCurry (3-2, 1.62 ERA)

Hickory: Yoon Hee Nam (4-1, 0.95 ERA)

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