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Aeros notes for Wednesday's game

By Stephanie Published: April 27, 2011

Notes before the Aeros/Baysox game Wednesday at Canal Park:

MORE DELAYS - Even though the field at Canal Park was ready to go 15 minutes before the 7:05 p.m. game time Wednesday, an impending rain storm on the radar caused delay mode before a pitch had even been thrown. To keep fans entertained in the stands in the meantime, the Indians game was played on the video board.

SIDELINED - Aeros RHP Bryan Price was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with right shoulder inflammation, a day after pitching 1 1/3 innings in relief in a 6-4 loss to Bowie in the first game of a doubleheader.
In six appearances so far this season, Price is 1-1 with a 5.73 ERA. To fill his spot on the roster, RHP Kyle Landis was called up from low Class-A Lake County. He has made just one relief appearance with the Captains, pitching a scoreless inning Tuesday.

PITCHING MATCHUPS - Once the Aeros do get started, Aeros LHP T.J. McFarland (0-0, 6.23 ERA) is lated to face Baysox LHP Rick Zagone (1-0, 6.43 ERA).

SPEEDSTER - Bowie leadoff man Xavier Avery leads the Eastern League with 14 stolen bases - seven more than the next closest player in Trenton's Raymond Kruml. In Tuesday's doubleheader, the CF went 4-for-8 at the plate and 2-for-4 in stolen bases, being thrown out once in each game by Aeros catchers Chun Chen in Game One and Juan Apodaca in the nightcap. Avery, who was the Baltimore Orioles second-round pick in the 2008 draft, is the third-ranked player in the Orioles farm system according to Baseball America.

THE BIG GUY - It sure is easy to tell when Bowie closer Jose Diaz begins to head out to the mound from the bullpen in the ninth inning. For starters, the right-hander walks so slowly, practically everyone in the ballpark stops what they're doing to see what's taking the guy so long. Secondly, Diaz tips the scales at 329 pounds, so he's hard to miss. Of course, so are his fastballs, as the big guy leads the league with seven saves.

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