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Daily Hens: Toledo looks to avoid Sunday sweep versus Norfolk

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    Mud Hens shortstop Pete Kozma slides into third base against Norfolk. Toledo looks to avoid being swept by the Tides at Fifth Third Field Sunday.

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    Mud Hens outfielder Christin Stewart exchanges congratulations as he returns to the Toledo dugout.

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Norfolk Tides at Toledo Mud Hens

Time: 4:05 p.m.

Records/standings: Norfolk 32-26, 2nd in IL South; Toledo 37-23, 1st in IL West

TV: BCSN

Radio: 1230 AM

Starting pitchers: Toledo’s Josh Turley (5-2, 4.70 ERA) vs. Norfolk’s Tim Melville (5-3, 4.47 ERA)

Saturday’s game: A five-run third inning doomed the Mud Hens in a 7-2 loss to Norfolk at Fifth Third Field. The Tides bashed 11 hits, including two home runs and five extra-base blows, to beat Toledo for the second night in a row and improve their record to 5-1 at Fifth Third Field this season.

RELATED: Five-run third inning carries Norfolk to win at Toledo Saturday.

Promotions: There will be an inflatable theme park on St. Clair Street beyond the right-field fence, and the Rescue Dogs will make an appearance at the ballpark. … Children will be allowed to run the bases after the contest. … Following the game will be a charity “Battle of the Badges” contest between Toledo policemen and firemen.

Weather: For the second day in a row Toledo is expected to have overcast skies, with a 50-50 chance of rain at first pitch — a percentage that will rise as the night wears on.

Notes: Norfolk starter Tim Melville pitched for the Mud Hens in 2015, posting a 7-10 record and 4.63 ERA in 27 starts. … While Toledo has a .265 team batting average this season, the Hens have hit just .227 against the Tides this season and scored just 13 runs in six games. … Mud Hens outfielder Mike Gerber has an eight-game home hitting streak, having batted .394 with three doubles, two homers and seven RBIs in that span.

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