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The Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds open the 2009 campaign tonight on the road against the Hudson Valley Renegades in the short-season New York-Penn League.

Last night, the IronBirds released their Opening Day roster of 30 players, and there are a lot of familiar faces on the team this season.

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First baseman T.J. Baxter, who was second on the IronBirds with a .279 batting average last season, returns for his second year with the club. Infielders Garabez Rosa and Tom Edwards are among the players heading back to Aberdeen in 2009.

Also, three players from this year's MLB draft will begin their professional career in Aberdeen. Steve Bumbry, the Orioles' 12th-round selection and son of former Orioles outfielder Al Bumbry, headlines the roster. Infielder Tyler Kelly, the team's 13th-round pick, and James Brandhorst, the 20th-round draft choice, will also join Aberdeen.

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Two players will start with the IronBirds as part of injury rehabilitation assignments.

Double-A Bowie Baysox right-handed pitcher Brandon Erbe, who posted a 0.90 ERA before going on the disabled list with a fatigued shoulder, will pitch for the IronBirds. Triple-A Norfolk Tides shortstop Blake Davis, who hasn't played yet this season after suffering a foot injury in spring training, is expected to debut with Aberdeen.

Below is Aberdeen's complete roster for 2009 (31 are listed because one is on the disabled list):Pitchers

RHP Colin Allen

RHP Jose Barajas

RHP James Brandhorst

RHP Dan Eastham

RHP Brandon Erbe

LHP Nick Haughian

RHP Mick Mattaliano

RHP Kenny Moreland

RHP Scott Mueller

RHP Thomas Phelps

RHP Chase Phillips

LHP Stephen Procner

LHP Tyler Sexton

LHP Brian Sisk

LHP Jake Smith

Catchers

Jason Stifler

Brian Ward

Infielders

T.J. Baxter

Buck Britton

Levi Carolus

Blake Davis

Tom Edwards

Mike Gioioso

Tyler Kelly

Garabez Rosa

Outfielders

Arthur Bonevacia

Steve Bumbry

Richard D'Oleo

Lee Ellis (DL)

Jason Rook

Lance West

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