Minor League Opening Day Arrives, Baltimore Orioles' Affiliates' Schedule and Starters for Openers

It's finally Opening Day for the 2017 minor league regular season and the four Baltimore Orioles' full-season affiliates will be in action today. We take a quick look at each affiliate's schedule and probable starters for today's openers.

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The four full-season affiliates are the AAA Norfolk Tides, AA Bowie Baysox, High-A Frederick Keys, and Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds. The Short-season A Aberdeen Ironbirds, Gulf Coast League Orioles and Dominican Summer League Orioles will get their seasons kicked off in a couple months.

Only one of the four affiliates in action tonight will be home (Frederick), while the other three are all on the road for the season's first game.

Below is the scheduled game times, opponent and probably starters for the O's affiliates tonight.

AAA Norfolk Tides 
  • Away vs Charlotte
  • First pitch set for 7:05 pm
  • Tides' probable starter is RHP Mike Wright - went 4-4 with a 3.07 ERA in 13 starts for Tides in 2016 (also went 3-4 with 5.79 ERA in 18 appearances (12 starts) with Orioles last season
  • Game will be on MiLB.TV
 AA Bowie Baysox
  • Away vs Akron 
  • First pitch set for 6:35 pm
  • Baysox' probable starter is RHP Brandon Barker - went 5-7 with a 4.75 ERA in 18 appearances (17 starts) for Baysox in 2016 (also went 3-2 with a 2.00 ERA over nine appearances with Mississippi (Braves) before being acquired by O's)
  • Game will be on MiLB.TV
High-A Frederick Keys
  • Home vs Carolina
  • First pitch set for 7:00 pm
  • Keys' probable starter is LHP Keegan Akin - went 0-1 with a 1.04 ERA over nine starts with Ironbirds in 2016
  • Game not on MiLB.TV
Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds
  • Away at Greenville
  • First pitch set for 7:05 pm
  • Shorebirds' probable starter is RHP Lucas Humpal - went 1-2 with a 3.34 ERA in 11 appearances (10 starts) with Ironbirds in 2016
  • Game will be on MiLB.TV
While there is a cost to it, it's great to see affiliates on MiLB.TV, and remember, you can listen to every game for each of the full-season affiliates free of charge. Most affiliates will post a link on social media or you can go to their websites to get the link to listen to the games.

With the regular season getting underway today, I want to remind you that Baby Birdland is your one-stop shop for everything Orioles' minor leagues, from scouting reports, analysis, performances, and so much more!

                                                                                                                                                       
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