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There is going to be plenty of baseball in the Orioles' minor league system tonight, as long as the rain stays away.

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides, Double-A Bowie Baysox and Single-A Frederick Keys will all play doubleheaders this evening, while the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds are scheduled to play one game. Also, all four affiliates are home.

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Also, the Baysox announced that right-hander Brandon Erbe was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to May 3. He is eligible to be activated on Sunday, May 10.

UPDATE (4:45 p.m.): I was told that Erbe's injury is being diagnosed as shoulder fatigue.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Opponent

Doubleheader vs. Columbus Clippers (6:15 p.m.)

Game 1: Probable pitchers

Norfolk: Rich Hill (0-1, 5.40 ERA)

Columbus: Jeremy Sowers (1-1, 2.25 ERA)

Game 2: Probable pitchers

Norfolk: David Hernandez (1-1, 4.58 ERA)

Columbus: Jack Cassel (2-1, 6.04 ERA)

Notes

* Hill is set to make his third rehab start -- second with the Tides -- tonight against Columbus. The 29-year-old left-hander suffered the loss despite pitching well in his first game with Norfolk on April 29 against the Gwinnett Braves. Hill struck out five hitters in 3 1/3 innings, but he allowed a two-run home run -- the only hit against him -- in the Tides' 8-6 loss. Hill threw 42 of his 62 pitches for strikes against Gwinnett.

* In his last start against the Toledo Mud Hens on April 28, Sowers gave up one run and five hits in seven innings. The 25-year-old left-hander struck out six batters and issued two walks in the Clippers' 5-3 victory. Overall, Sowers is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in four starts this season. He collected 22 strikeouts and walked only five batters in 24 innings in April.

* After four starts, Hernandez ranks second in the International League with 32 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings. Gwinnett Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson is the only pitcher ahead of Hernandez -- 38 strikeouts -- but Hanson also has one more start and seven more innings. Hernandez suffered the loss against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in his last start on April 30 after giving up six runs (five earned) and six hits in five innings.

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* Cassel is 2-1 with a 6.04 ERA in four starts for the Clippers. The 28-year-old right-hander didn't factor in the decision during his last start against the Durham Bulls on April 30. He allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings, and Columbus suffered a 6-3 loss. Cassel has struggled with his command a little bit in 2009, walking 13 hitters in 22 1/3 innings overall. Also, in case you were wondering, his younger brother, Matt, is a starting quarterback in the NFL.

* After dropping their past two games, the Tides (12-10) are 1 1/2 games behind the Durham Bulls (14-9) in the International League South Division. Columbus is tied for third place in the West Division with an 11-13 record. The Louisville Bats (13-10) lead the division.Bowie Baysox (AA)

Opponent

Doubleheader vs. Trenton Thunder (6:05 p.m.)

Game 1: Probable pitchers

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

Trenton: Zach McAllister (1-1, 2.53 ERA)

Game 2: Probable pitchers

Bowie: Fredy Deza (1-1, 2.63 ERA)

Trenton: Ivan Nova (2-1, 2.41 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.

* In his last start, McAllister suffered the loss against the Connecticut Defenders on April 29. The 21-year-old right-hander allowed three runs (two earned) and five hits in four innings during Trenton's 3-2 defeat. He collected five strikeouts and walked four batters in the game. McAllister was 14-9 with a 2.09 ERA last season while splitting time between the Single-A Tampa Yankees and Single-A Charleston RiverDogs.

* Deza will begin the second game of the doubleheader for the Baysox. The 26-year-old right-hander allowed seven runs (six earned) and 10 hits in five appearances for Bowie in April. He also gave up two runs and two hits in two innings during one game with the Tides. Deza earned the victory against the Erie SeaWolves on April 27 after giving up two runs and four hits in three innings.

* Nova will make his fourth start of the season for the Thunder in the nightcap. The 22-year-old right-hander suffered the loss in his last appearance against the Connecticut Defenders on April 30. Nova allowed three runs (two earned) and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.

* With back-to-back losses to the Akron Aeros, 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. Trenton is in fifth place in the Northern Division with a 10-11 record, trailing the division-leading New Hampshire Fisher Cats (14-9) by three games.

Frederick Keys (A)

Opponent

Doubleheader vs. Winston-Salem Dash (5 p.m.)

Game 1: Probable pitchers

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

Winston-Salem: Charles Shirek (3-0, 3.18 ERA)

Game 2: Probable pitchers

Frederick: TBA

Winston-Salem: TBA

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.

* Shirek dominated the Keys in his last start on April 27. The 23-year-old right-hander only allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings, and Winston-Salem cruised to a 9-2 victory. Shirek collected eight strikeouts and walked one batter in the game.

* The Keys have lost three consecutive games, and they are currently in last place in the Carolina League Northern Division with a 9-14 record. Frederick trails the first-place Lynchburg Hillcats by 4 1/2 games. Winston-Salem (11-12) trails the Kinston Indians and Salem Red Sox, who both hold a 13-11 record, by 1 1/2 games in the Southern Division.

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Opponent

West Virginia Power (7:05 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Delmarva: Cole McCurry (1-0, 1.25 ERA)

West Virginia: Gabriel Alvarado (1-2, 7.27 ERA)

Notes

* In four starts last month, McCurry only allowed three runs. The 23-year-old left-hander gave up 19 hits and collected 22 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings for the Shorebirds in April. In his last start, McCurry picked up his first victory after allowing one run and six hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Lakewood BlueClaws on April 29. He struck out four batters and didn't walk anyone in the outing.

* Alvarado started four games for the Power last month, but he only pitched well in one. The 21-year-old right-hander struck out seven batters and only allowed one run in five innings during the first half of a doubleheader against the Lexington Legends on April 17. Alvarado gave up seven runs (six earned) and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings in his last start against the Greensboro Grasshoppers on April 28.

* Despite two consecutive losses, the Shorebirds are in third place in the South Atlantic League Northern Division with a 12-9 record. The Greensboro Grasshoppers and Kannapolis Intimidators are tied for first place in the division (14-10), while West Virginia is in last place with a 6-17 record.

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