Minor matters

Some notes from around the O's minors:

*Triple-A Norfolk (50-57) plays at Scranton tonight with Chris George (5-4, 4.00) on the mound. He has allowed two runs over 12 innings in his past two starts. Robert Andino has hit .356-2-8 during a ten-game batting streak. Corey Patterson and Rhyne Hughes each hit in 11 in a row earlier for the Tides, a Norfolk season best.

Norfolk relievers on a roll:
*Armando Gabino is 2-0, 0.47 over his last six games with 18 K's in 19 1/3 IP.
*Dennis Sarfate is 1-0, 0.96 with three saves over his last eight games.
*Alberto Castillio is 1-0, 1.10 over his last 12 games with 17 K's in 16 1/3 IP.

Nolan Reimold has a six-game batting streak and over his last 12 games is batting .326-2-6.

*Bowie (57-48) hosts New Britain tonight. Joel Guzman hit his 23rd homer last night. That is ten off Walter Young's club record of 33 homers, set in 2004. Bowie is 7-3 over its last ten games and has the best one-run record in the Eastern League at 19-9.

Steve Johnson (5-6, 5.38), who has pitched to an ERA of 1.59 over his last three starts, will take the mound tonight for the Baysox. He has 93 strikeouts, 8th best in the league.

Bowie scored four runs in the last of the ninth to win 8-7 Thursday.

*After a rain out yesterday, Frederick plays a doubleheader at Potomac today. After winning their division with a first-half record of 41-29, the Keys are 16-16 in the second half.

Xavier Avery is on pace for 165 hits which would break the Keys record for hits in a season of 156, set by Curtis Goodwin in 1993. Ronnie Welty is batting .341 with 22 RBI in the second half.

*Delmarva plays at Lexington tonight, looking to avoid its first five-game losing streak of the season. Garabez Rosa has nine hits over his last five games for a Shorebirds team that has scored just one run over its last 28 innings.

*Aberdeen (21-19) wraps up a series with first-place Brooklyn later at Ripken Stadium. The IronBirds have lost the first two in the series by 7-2 and 4-2 scores. Aberdeen is two games out in the wild-card race.

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