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Minor league game recaps -- April 26

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides fell to the Charlotte Knights this afternoon, and the matchup between the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds and Hagerstown Suns was postponed due to rain and unplayable field conditions.

The makeup date for the Shorebirds-Suns game will be announced at a later date. The two teams will conclude the series with the regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday morning at 10:35 a.m.

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The Double-A Bowie Baysox and Single-A Frederick Keys were idle.

Norfolk Tides (AAA)

Score: Charlotte Knights 9, Norfolk Tides 7 (Box score)

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Recap: Tides third baseman Josh Bell seems to be emerging from his early slump.

Serving as the designated hitter in today's game, Bell was 3-for-4 with two home runs, three RBIs and three runs scored in Norfolk's 9-7 loss to Charlotte.

The 23-year-old infielder had three home runs and five RBIs in the final two games of the series.

Tides starting pitcher Troy Patton (1-3) was charged with seven runs and 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings. His ERA stands at 8.00 in 18 innings after four starts. The 24-year-old left-hander has allowed six home runs this season, including three today.

Third baseman Scott Moore collected three hits, including two doubles, and an RBI for the Tides, and second baseman Justin Turner doubled in his return to Triple-A.

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