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Minor league game previews -- April 8

Another minor league season begins today for the four full-season affiliates in the Orioles' minor league system. Two teams are home and two begin play on the road.

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides host the Durham Bulls at Harbor Park, while the Double-A Bowie Baysox welcome the Richmond Flying Squirrels to Prince George's Stadium.

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The Single-A Frederick Keys travel to take on the Lynchburg Hillcats, and the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds hit the road to meet the Greenville Drive in the season opener.

One quick note from tonight's games: Ryan Berry, whom the Orioles selected in the ninth round of the 2009 MLB draft, makes his professional debut for the Shorebirds.

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To begin the season, according to the team, the Shorebirds' rotation will be: Berry, Jake Cowan, Matt Hobgood, Jesse Beal and Tony Butler.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Record: (0-0)

Opponent

Durham Bulls (7:15 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Norfolk: Chris Tillman (2-5, 5.40 ERA with Orioles in 2009)

Durham: Jeremy Hellickson (9-2, 2.45 ERA with two minor league teams in 2009)Bowie Baysox (AA)

Record: (0-0)

Opponent

Richmond Flying Squirrels (7:05 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Bowie: Zach Britton (9-6, 2.70 ERA with Keys in 2009)

Richmond: Mike MacDonald (8-13, 6.37 ERA with Triple-A Salt Lake Bees in 2009)

Frederick Keys (A)

Record: (0-0)

Opponent

at Lynchburg Hillcats (6:05 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Frederick: Rick Zagone (5-8, 4.89 ERA with two minor league teams in 2009)

Lynchburg: Matt Fairel (11-8, 3.02 ERA with two minor league teams in 2009)

Delmarva Shorebirds (A)

Record: (0-0)

Opponent

at Greenville Drive (7 p.m.)

Probable pitchers

Delmarva: Ryan Berry (first professional start)

Greenville: Yeiper Castillo (6-5, 4.10 ERA with two minor league teams in 2009)

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