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Today's game previews -- May 3

It's looking like a poor day to play baseball around the area.

The rain is coming down pretty hard right now at my house, and I don't think it's going to get much better as the day progresses.

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I'm still planning to provide live updates from the Double-A Bowie Baysox game at Prince George's Stadium later this afternoon, but I'll let you know if it gets rained out.

Remember, it's Bark in the Park Day at Bowie, so bring your dogs if you're coming.

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Norfolk Tides (AAA)
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Opponent

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

Probable pitchers

Norfolk: Chris Waters (2-2, 4.50 ERA)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre: Eric Hacker (0-1, 7.50 ERA)

Notes

* It's been an up-and-down season for Waters through the first month. In his two losses, the 28-year-old left-hander gave up nine runs (eight earned) and 13 hits in nine innings. During his two victories, Waters allowed two runs and six hits in 11 innings. Which pitcher will show up today against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre?

* Hacker was 1-1 with a 4.11 ERA in three starts for the Double-A Trenton Thunder before being promoted. The 26-year-old right-hander suffered the loss in his first game for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on April 28 against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. He gave up five runs and five hits in six innings. Hacker struck out eight hitters and didn't allow any walks in the game.

* In his past 10 games, Tides center fielder Justin Christian is batting .364 with one home run and four RBIs. The 29-year-old outfielder scored nine runs during that span. Christian has at least two hits in five out of his past six games. Overall, he is hitting .258 in 21 games this season.

* The Tides (12-9) didn't lose any ground in the International League South Division after last night's loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Durham (13-9) continues to lead Norfolk by 1/2 game in the division. The Yankees, who hold an 18-4 record, are four games ahead of the Syracuse Chiefs in the North Division.Bowie Baysox (AA)

Opponent

Akron Aeros (2:05 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

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Bowie: Jake Arrieta (2-0, 2.00 ERA)

Akron: Hector Rondon (4-0, 1.17 ERA)

Notes

* Arrieta tossed six scoreless innings against the Reading Phillies in his last start on April 26. The 23-year-old right-hander gave up two hits and struck out six batters in Bowie's 8-0 victory. Arrieta collected 22 strikeouts and issued eight walks in 18 innings during four starts for the Baysox in April.

* Rondon is making an early bid to be selected as the Eastern League Pitcher of the Year. The 21-year-old right-hander earned the victory in each of his first four starts in 2009. Rondon allowed one run and six hits in 6 2/3 innings against the Harrisburg Senators on April 28. He struck out nine hitters and issued one walk in the game.

* With back-to-back losses, the Baysox dropped to 9-12 this season. Bowie is in fourth place in the Eastern League Southern Division, trailing Akron (18-4) by 8 1/2 games. The Aeros hold a 4 1/2-game lead over the Erie SeaWolves in the division.

Frederick Keys (A)

Opponent

at Potomac Nationals (1:05 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Frederick: Zach Britton (0-1, 2.29 ERA)

Potomac: Will Atwood (0-3, 11.65 ERA)

Notes

* Despite pitching well in all four of his starts in 2009, Britton is still searching for his first victory. The 21-year-old left-hander allowed two earned runs or less in each start. Britton suffered the loss on April 27 against the Winston-Salem Dash after giving up two runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out eight hitters and issued four walks in the Keys' 9-2 loss.

* Atwood struggled at the beginning of the season, but he started to turn things around in his last start. The 22-year-old left-hander allowed 19 runs in 10 2/3 innings -- a 16.03 ERA -- in his first three appearances in 2009. He suffered the loss in each game. Atwood only gave up three runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings against the Wilmington Blue Rocks on April 28.

* The Keys dropped their third consecutive game last night, 8-4, to Potomac. Frederick (9-14) is five games behind the Lynchburg Hillcats (14-9) in the Carolina League Northern Division. The Nationals, who hold a 13-10 record after three straight wins, are one game behind Lynchburg in the division.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Opponent

at Greensboro Grasshoppers (4:05 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Delmarva: Richard Zagone (2-1, 1.66 ERA)

Greensboro: Kyle Kaminska (2-1, 4.71 ERA)

Notes

* Opponents are hitting only .145 in four games against Zagone this season. The 22-year-old left-hander earned the victory in his last start against the Lakewood BlueClaws are giving up one run and three hits in six innings on April 28. Zagone collected seven strikeouts and walked one batter in Delmarva's 2-1 win. Overall, he has struck out 18 hitters and issued seven walks in 21 2/3 innings in 2009.

* Kaminska allowed three runs (one earned) and four hits in five innings during his last start against the West Virginia Power on April 28. The 20-year-old right-hander struck out six batters and issued two walks in the Grasshoppers' 8-3 victory. In four starts last month, Kaminska collected 21 strikeouts and walked nine hitters in 21 innings.

* The Shorebirds dropped out of first place with last night's loss to Greensboro. Delmarva holds a 12-8 record, which is 1/2 game behind the Kannapolis Intimidators (14-9) in the South Atlantic League Northern Division. Lakewood (13-9) is also 1/2 game out of the division lead, and the Grasshoppers (13-10) are one game back.

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