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Orioles grab-bag notes: Machado, Bordick, Johnson, Bell

Jim Johnson (right elbow inflammation) will pitch again Saturday night at Double-A Bowie. Orioles manager Buck Showalter and director of development John Stockstill hope to drive down after the Orioles game to see Johnson pitch. Johnson is expected to throw in back-to-back days again on Aug. 24 and 25 before a decision is made on his next step.

Manny Machado, the club's top pick in June's amateur draft who agreed to a $5.25 million deal three minutes before Monday's midnight deadline , spoke to reporters during a conference call Saturday afternoon.

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I was pretty excited the deal got done," said Machado, an 18-year-old prep shortstop out of Miami. "But all through the process, I've had an idea what I was going to do."

Machado reports to Sarasota on Sunday to work out with the Gulf Coast League Orioles. He is expected to play in a GCL game on Monday and will remain with the team until its season ends on Aug. 28. Then he likely will be moved to either Single-A Delmarva or Aberdeen for a few more games.

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Former Orioles shortstop Mike Bordick, now the organization's roving instructor, is also headed to Sarasota this week. Bordick hasn't spent time yet with the GCL Orioles, but will go down to work with Machado and two other young and highly regarded shortstops, 2010 fifth-round pick Connor Narron and 2009 second-rounder Mychal Givens.

Kevin Millwood will make his 400th career start on Sunday. He'll be one of seven active pitchers to achieve the milestone. Philadelphia's Jamie Moyer leads all active pitchers with 628 starts. The other five pitchers -- Andy Pettitte, Livan Hernandez, Tim Wakefield, Javier Vazquez and Jeff Suppan – have not reached 500 starts.

"I haven't really thought anything about it," said Millwood, 35. "It is definitely a cool thing, being able to stay around that long to get that many starts. To have somebody allow you to get that many starts is definitely a big honor, to reach that milestone."

Philadelphia's Jamie Moyer leads all active pitchers with 628 starts. The other five pitchers -- Andy Pettitte, Livan Hernandez, Tim Wakefield, Javier Vazquez and Jeff Suppan – have not reached 500 starts.

Nick Markakis, who was ejected for arguing balls and strikes on Friday by home plate umpire Jeff Nelson, was called out on strikes in his first at-bat Saturday by home plate umpire Mark Carlson.

Rookie third baseman Josh Bell hit his first career homer in the third inning Saturday, a two-run shot against Texas' ace Cliff Lee. It traveled 394 feet. He hit his second career homer in the fourth, that one went 398 feet to center.

Ty Wigginton and Luke Scott also hit back-to-back homers in the fourth. Lee has given up 13 homers this season; seven to the Orioles

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