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Today's game previews -- May 2

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides, Single-A Frederick Keys and Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds all continue their road trips, while the Double-A Bowie Baysox host the Akron Aeros at Prince George's Stadium.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Opponent

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at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (1:05 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

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Norfolk: David Pauley (1-2, 3.00 ERA)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre: Casey Fossum (0-0, 0.82 ERA with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons)

Notes

* Pauley is scheduled to make his fourth start for the Tides in 2009. The 25-year-old right-hander suffered the loss in his last appearance against the Durham Bulls on April 25 after giving up three runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. Overall, Pauley allowed six runs and 14 hits in 18 innings in April.

* Fossum started the season in the New York Mets' minor league system. The 31-year-old left-hander had a 0.82 ERA in two starts -- one run allowed in 11 innings -- for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons before being called up to the Mets. He pitched in three games for New York, giving up one run and four hits in four innings. The New York Yankees signed Fossum to start today's game after he was designated for assignment by the Mets earlier this week.

* Although Norfolk's Matt Wieters is batting only .278 with one home run and five RBIs -- not a bad line, but lower than last season's start -- he reached base safely in each of the 15 games that he played so far in 2009. The 22-year-old catcher leads the team with 11 walks.

* With last night's victory, the Tides climbed to within striking distance of the lead in the International League's South Division. Norfolk is 12-8, which is 1/2 game behind division-leading Durham (13-8). Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (17-4) holds a three-game lead in the North Division over the Syracuse Chiefs (13-6).Bowie Baysox (AA)

Opponent

Akron Aeros (7:05 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Bowie: Sean Gleason (0-1, 11.57 ERA)

Akron: Frank Herrmann (1-1, 3.00 ERA)

Notes

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* After winning 12 games for the Shorebirds last season, Gleason is struggling so far in 2009. The 23-year-old right-hander is 0-1 with an 11.57 ERA in two starts for the Baysox. He was 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA in two appearances (one start) for Frederick before being promoted last month. In seven innings with Bowie, Gleason has allowed 11 runs (nine earned) and 13 hits. He gave up five runs (four earned) and six hits in three innings during Bowie's 9-7 victory over the Erie SeaWolves on April 27.

* Herrmann is 1-1 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts against the Baysox this season. The 24-year-old right-hander picked up the win on April 9 after giving up one run and five hits in six innings, but he suffered the loss on April 16 despite only allowing one run and three hits in seven innings. Herrmann gave up five runs (four earned) and six hits in seven innings against the Altoona Curve in his last start on April 26, but he didn't factor in the decision.

* With last night's win over the Baysox, Akron (17-4) increased its lead in the Eastern League's Southern Division to four games over the second-place Reading Phillies (12-7). Bowie holds a 9-11 record, which is good enough for fourth place in the division and 7 1/2 games behind the Aeros.

Frederick Keys (A)

Opponent

at Potomac Nationals (6:35 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Frederick: Pedro Beato (1-2, 4.50 ERA)

Potomac: Erik Arnesen (2-1, 2.25 ERA)

Notes

* Beato picked up his first victory this season during his last start, which was against Potomac at Harry Grove Stadium on April 26. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed four runs (three earned) and five hits in five innings. Beato struck out eight batters in the game, but he also surrendered three home runs. In 20 innings in April, Beato collected 18 strikeouts and gave up five home runs.

* Arnesen suffered the loss on April 26 against the Keys after giving up seven runs (two earned) and nine hits in four innings. The 25-year-old right-hander allowed 12 runs in 20 innings during the first month of the season, but only five were earned. Arnesen struck out 19 hitters and issued five walks in his first four starts.

* The Keys remain in last place in the Carolina League's Northern Division with a 9-13 record. They are five games behind the division-leading Lynchburg Hillcats (14-8), while Potomac is in second place with a 12-10 record.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Opponent

at Greensboro Grasshoppers (7:05 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Delmarva: Oliver Drake (1-1, 2.50 ERA)

Greensboro: Brad Hand (0-2, 18.00 ERA)

Notes

* In his last start, Drake gave up four runs (three earned) and eight hits in five innings against the Lakewood BlueClaws on April 27. The 22-year-old right-hander struck out three batters and issued one walk in Delmarva's 4-1 loss. Drake collected 14 strikeouts and walked three hitters in 18 innings during his first three starts this season.

* Hand was scheduled to start last night's game for Greensboro, but right-hander Tom Koehler took the mound instead. It was a very difficult first month for Hand, who allowed 18 runs and 17 hits in nine innings during his first three starts this season. The 19-year-old left-hander gave up nine runs and eight hits in his last start against the Asheville Tourists on April 22.

* The Shorebirds jumped back into first place in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division with last night's victory over Greensboro. Delmarva (12-7) is 1/2 game ahead of the Kannapolis Intimidators (13-9). Lakewood holds a 12-9 record, which puts them one game behind the Shorebirds, and the Grasshoppers (12-10) are 1 1/2 games off the pace.

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