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Today's game previews -- May 11

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides conclude their four-game series against the Buffalo Bisons, while the Double-A Bowie Baysox continue their road trip against the Akron Aeros.

The Single-A Frederick Keys welcome the Myrtle Beach Pelicans to Harry Grove Stadium, while the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds continue their series against the Greensboro Grasshoppers.

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Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Opponent

at Buffalo Bisons (7:05 p.m.)

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Probable pitchers

Norfolk: David Hernandez (2-1, 4.38 ERA)

Buffalo: Tim Redding (0-0, 1.50 ERA)

Notes

* In his last start, Hernandez earned the victory against the Columbus Clippers in the second game of a doubleheader on May 5. The 23-year-old right-hander gave up two runs and three hits in five innings during the Tides' 5-2 win. Hernandez is tied for third in the International League with 35 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings. He will celebrate his 24th birthday on Wednesday.

* Redding is working his way back to the major leagues after starting the season on the disabled list with a strained rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder. The 31-year-old right-hander pitched well in his first start for the Bisons on May 6 against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Redding limited Lehigh Valley to one run and six hits in six innings. He struck out five batters and issued one walk in Buffalo's 2-1 loss.

* The Tides (18-11) continue to hold a 1/2-game lead over the Durham Bulls (18-12) in the International League South Division. Norfolk is currently on a two-game winning streak after losing the first game of the series to the Bisons (6-22), who are in last place in the North Division. Buffalo is 16 games behind the division-leading Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (23-7).Bowie Baysox (AA)

Opponent

at Akron Aeros (7:05 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Bowie: Jake Arrieta (2-1, 3.80 ERA)

Akron: Erik Stiller (1-1, 4.60 ERA)

Notes

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* Arrieta encountered his first rough outing of the season against the Trenton Thunder in his last start on May 6. The 23-year-old right-hander, who had not started in 10 days before that game due to several rainouts, allowed eight runs (five earned) and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings. Overall, Arrieta leads the Baysox with 26 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings this season.

* So far this season, Stiller has appeared in nine games for the Aeros, including four against Bowie. The 24-year-old right-hander is 1-0 with a 4.70 ERA in those four meetings. Stiller suffered the loss in the second game of a doubleheader against the Altoona Curve in his last start on May 7 after giving up three runs (one earned) and one hit in two innings.

* The Baysox, who lost all three games to the Erie SeaWolves over the weekend, dropped to 11-16 this season. Bowie is in fourth place in the Eastern League Southern Division, trailing the first-place Akron Aeros (22-5) by 11 games.

Frederick Keys (A)

Opponent

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (7 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Frederick: Tim Bascom (2-3, 3.63 ERA)

Myrtle Beach: Edgar Osuna (2-2, 4.55 ERA)

Notes

* In six games (five starts) this season, Bascom has allowed 23 runs and 33 hits in 22 1/3 innings. Only nine of the runs are earned, however, thanks to poor defense behind him. The 24-year-old right-hander allowed five runs (one earned) and five hits in two innings against the Winston-Salem Dash in his last start on May 7 at Harry Grove Stadium.

* Osuna gave up three runs and five hits in three innings against the Lynchburg Hillcats on May 6. He didn't factor in the decision in the Pelicans' 6-5 loss, which was completed on the following day after rain forced the game to be suspended. The 21-year-old left-hander suffered the loss against Frederick on April 14 after allowing five runs and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings.

* With two straight victories over the Wilmington Blue Rocks, the Keys (12-18) are closer to getting out of last place in the Carolina League Northern Division. Frederick is now one game behind the Blue Rocks (13-17), but the Keys trail the Potomac Nationals and Lynchburg Hillcats -- both teams are 19-11 -- by seven games in the division. Myrtle Beach is in last place in the Southern Division with a 10-20 record. The Pelicans trail the Kinston Indians (17-14) by 6 1/2 games in the division.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Opponent

Greensboro Grasshoppers (7:05 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Delmarva: Cole McCurry (2-0, 1.30 ERA)

Greensboro: Johnny Dorn (3-1, 2.57 ERA)

Notes

* If you haven't read it yet, check out the article by The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly about McCurry. The 23-year-old left-hander has collected back-to-back victories in his past two starts, and he has only allowed four runs in 27 2/3 innings this season. McCurry struck out 27 hitters and only issued five walks in his first five starts in 2009. He gave up one run and four hits in six innings against the West Virginia Power during his last start on May 6.

* Against the Shorebirds on April 30, Dorn only allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings. The 23-year-old right-hander collected four strikeouts and walked two batters in Greensboro's 7-3 victory over Delmarva. Dorn has also earned wins in back-to-back starts, so it should be an interesting pitching matchup at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium tonight.

* After four straight victories, the Shorebirds (17-10) have jumped out to a two-game lead over the Lakewood BlueClaws (16-13) in the South Atlantic League Northern Division. After losing two consecutive games to the Shorebirds, Greensboro has dropped into a three-way tie for third place with the Hickory Crawdads and the Kannapolis Intimidators. All three teams are 2 1/2 games behind Delmarva with a 16-14 record.

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