Today's game previews -- September 4

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides wrap up their home schedule for the 2009 season with a game against the Gwinnett Braves at Harbor Park, and the Double-A Bowie Baysox welcome the Harrisburg Senators to Prince George's Stadium.

The Single-A Frederick Keys hit the road to take on the Wilmington Blue Rocks, and the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds continue their series with the Lakewood BlueClaws at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.


The short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds return home to face the Tri-City ValleyCats at Ripken Stadium tonight.

The Eastern League announced its Pitcher of the Year yesterday, and Orioles left-handed pitcher Brian Matusz finished third in the voting.

Akron Aeros right-hander Jeanmar Gomez, a prospect in the Cleveland Indians' minor league system, was selected as the winner of the award. Trenton Thunder right-hander Zach McAllister was second.

The Most Valuable Player for the Eastern League will be announced today.

A couple other roster moves from earlier in the week that were just passed along by the IronBirds' media relations staff:

• Right-handed pitcher Patrick Kantakevich was promoted from the IronBirds to Frederick.

• Right-handed pitcher Thomas Phelps was called up from the Rookie-level Bluefield Orioles to Aberdeen.

• Right-handed pitcher Brian Anderson joins the IronBirds from the Rookie-level GCL Orioles.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Record: (70-68)


Gwinnett Braves (7:15 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Norfolk: Jake Arrieta (5-7, 4.02 ERA)

Gwinnett: Bobby Brownlie (4-2, 4.26 ERA)Bowie Baysox (AA)

Record: (70-67)



Harrisburg Senators (7:05 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Bowie: Pedro Beato (1-2, 4.68 ERA)

Harrisburg: TBA

Frederick Keys (A)

Record: (32-34 in the second half, 63-72 overall)


at Wilmington Blue Rocks (7:05 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Frederick: Kenny Moreland (4-1, 4.29 ERA)

Wilmington: Eduardo Paulino (9-6, 3.69 ERA)

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Record: (29-34 in the second half, 65-67 overall)


Lakewood BlueClaws (7:05 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Delmarva: Oliver Drake (8-8, 4.21 ERA)

Lakewood: TBA

Aberdeen IronBirds (A)

Record: (29-42)


Tri-City ValleyCats (7:05 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Aberdeen: Colin Allen (2-6, 5.63 ERA)

Tri-City: TBA