OK, everyone, I'm back from Cedar Point Amusement Park and ready to continue blogging.
Who missed me? You don't have to admit it.
Seriously, the trip was a lot of fun, and thanks to everyone who hoped I would have a good time.
While I was gone, the Triple-A Norfolk Tides wrapped up the first half of the season by winning two out of three games against the Durham Bulls. Norfolk is tied with the Bulls for the lead in the International League South Division at the All-Star break.
The Double-A Bowie Baysox finish the first half tonight against the Altoona Curve at Prince George's Stadium with right-hander David Hernandez on the mound. The Baysox won two out of the first three games against Altoona over the weekend.
Hernandez was sent to the minor leagues last week when Orioles shortstop Cesar Izturis was activated from the disabled list.
The Single-A Frederick Keys lost their series opener against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Friday, but they rebounded to win the final two games. Beginning tonight, Frederick hosts the Kinston Indians for a four-game series at Harry Grove Stadium.
The Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds were beaten in the first three games of their series against the West Virginia Power before the final contest was canceled due to rain. They were idle yesterday and face the Lexington Legends tonight at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.
Over the weekend, the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds beat the Hudson Valley Renegades on the road before returning to Ripken Stadium and losing the final two games of the series. The IronBirds are idle tonight.
Earlier today, the Keys activated outfielder Kraig Binick from the disabled list and transferred left-handed pitcher Brett Bordes to Delmarva. In order to make room for Bordes on their roster, the Shorebirds placed right-handed pitcher Raul Rivero on the disabled list with an elbow injury.
On Friday, the IronBirds added pitcher Kevin Landry to their roster. The 6-foot-7, 220-pound right-hander was selected in the 21st round of this year's MLB draft by the Orioles. Landry, 21, gave up one run and three hits in 1 2/3 innings during his professional debut on Friday against the Hudson Valley Renegades.
The IronBirds also made a set of moves last Thursday, and I didn't have time to post them before heading on vacation. Catcher Zach Booker was transferred from Aberdeen's roster to Bluefield, while outfielder Steve Bumbry was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to July 7.
Altoona Curve (7:05 p.m.)
Bowie: David Hernandez (2-2, 3.94 ERA with the Orioles this season)
Altoona: Kyle Bloom (2-4, 3.35 ERA)Frederick Keys (A)
Record: (9-7 in second half, 40-45 overall)
Kinston Indians (7 p.m.)
Frederick: Nathan Nery (3-3, 4.41 ERA)
Kinston: Russell Young (2-4, 4.71 ERA)
Record: (6-10 in second half, 42-43 overall)
Lexington Legends (7:05 p.m.)
Delmarva: Nathan Moreau (2-2, 4.32 ERA)
Lexington: Kyle Greenwalt (7-7, 3.30 ERA)