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Aug. 11 Spikes pregame notes

Aberdeen IronBirds (19-33) at State College Spikes (21-32)

When: 7:05 p.m. tonight

Where: Medlar Field at Lubrano Park

Pitching matchup; A -- Trent Howard (3-1, 2.78); SC -- Trent Stevenson (0-1, 5.25)

Notes: This will be Stevenson’s fourth appearance since being demoted from full-season West Virginia. The 2009 seventh-round pick went 0-2 with a 4.43 ERA in 15 appearances with the Spikes last season. Howard, a 2011 seventh-round pick from Central Michigan, has allowed three runs and struck out 21 over his past three starts. Aberdeen’s roster includes two high 2009 picks: first-rounder Matt Hobgood and second-rounder Mychal Givens. Hobgood, a 21-year-old right-hander, has struggled, allowing opponents to hit .387 against him in five starts. Givens, who plays shortstop, is hitting .289 after going 2-for-4 on Wednesday.