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Today's game previews -- June 16

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides continue their series on the road against the Louisville Bats, while the Double-A Bowie Baysox return to Prince George's Stadium to take on the Reading Phillies.

The Single-A Frederick Keys face the Winston-Salem Dash, and the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds play the Lakewood BlueClaws.

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Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Opponent

at Louisville Bats (7:05 p.m.)

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Probable pitchers

Norfolk: Troy Patton (6-2, 1.99 ERA with Bowie this season)

Louisville: Ramon Ramirez (1-4, 4.75 ERA)

Notes

* Patton makes his first start for the Tides tonight after going 6-2 with a 1.99 ERA in 11 games for the Baysox. The 23-year-old left-hander allowed three earned runs or less in each of his appearances at the Double-A level, and opponents only batted .211 against him.

* With last night's win, the Tides (38-24) jumped back in front of the Durham Bulls (38-26) by one game in the International League South Division. Louisville (33-30) is in first place in the West Division, and the Bats lead the Columbus Clippers (31-33) by 2 1/2 games.Bowie Baysox (AA)

Opponent

Reading Phillies (7:05 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Bowie: John Mariotti (1-4, 3.24 ERA)

Reading: Vance Worley (4-3, 3.15 ERA)

Notes

* Mariotti is 1-3 with a 1.67 ERA in his past five starts for the Baysox. The 24-year-old right-hander gave up two runs and four hits in seven innings against the Connecticut Defenders in his last start on June 11. Mariotti struck out four batters and issued two walks in Bowie's 2-1 loss.

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* The Baysox (32-30) are in fourth place in the Eastern League Southern Division, and they are 8 1/2 games behind the first-place Akron Aeros (40-21). Reading is in second place in the division with a 37-25 record, and the Phillies trail Akron by 3 1/2 games.

Frederick Keys (A)

Opponent

at Winston-Salem Dash (7 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Frederick: Sean Gleason (0-1, 6.35 ERA)

Winston-Salem: Anthony Carter (5-3, 4.24 ERA)

Notes

* Gleason returns to Frederick after 10 starts with the Baysox. The 23-year-old right-hander was 3-5 with a 5.96 ERA at the Double-A level, and he was 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA in two appearances with the Keys before being promoted in April. Gleason allowed three runs and eight hits in five innings against Connecticut during his last start on June 10.

* Frederick is in last place in the Carolina League Southern Division with a 29-35 record. The Keys trail the division-leading Lynchburg Hillcats (41-21) by 13 games, so they are already eliminated from the first-half championship. Winston-Salem (33-29) is in first place in the Northern Division (33-29) and the Dash holds a six-game lead over the second-place Salem Red Sox (28-36).

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Opponent

at Lakewood BlueClaws (7:05 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Delmarva: Oliver Drake (2-3, 2.40 ERA)

Lakewood: Heitor Correa (3-2, 2.64 ERA)

Notes

* Drake gave up two runs (one earned) and four hits in six innings against the Lake County Captains during his last start on June 11. The 22-year-old right-hander collected five strikeouts and walked one batter in the Shorebirds' 3-2 loss. Drake tossed five scoreless innings against Lakewood on June 6.

* After splitting a doubleheader last night, the Shorebirds (33-28) remain four games behind Lakewood (38-25) in the South Atlantic League Northern Division. Delmarva is tied for second place with the Kannapolis Intimidators (34-29).

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