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Showalter pleased by Lee's progress; other post-workout notes

I'll have comments from Brian Roberts and Derrek Lee on the blog shortly, but first, just a few quick hits from manager Buck Showalter's post-workout media session.

Showalter was pleased with Derrek Lee's first live batting practice session of the spring. "It went well," Showalter said. 'He was pretty upbeat."

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As for Roberts, Showalter said that the second baseman's stiff neck was a little better than yesterday, but that was about the only update on him. Roberts said that if it were the regular season, he could play. Still, Roberts isn't sure whether he'll participate in tomorrow's workout.

The Orioles will play an intrasquad game Sunday. As of now, the plan is to play it at remodeled Ed Smith Stadium. The pitchers scheduled to pitch in that game are Ryan Drese, Adrian Rosario, Wynn Pelzer, Mike Ballard, Raul Rivero, Nick Bierbrodt, Chris Jakubauskas, Troy Patton, Chorye Spoone, Armando Gabino and Pedro Viola.

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Brad Bergesen, Chris Tillman and Koji Uehara will all pitch on Monday versus the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Orioles' Grapefruit League opener. Paul Maholm will start for the Pirates. Jeremy Guthrie and Rick VandenHurk will pitch Tuesday against Tampa Bay. The Rays will start Andy Sonnanstine. Justin Duchscherer and Zach Britton will pitch Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater. Brian Matusz and Rosario will pitch Thursday with Jake Arrieta and Drese going Friday. Tillman and Bergesen will pitch again on Saturday.

Only a few pitchers threw bullpen sessions today as pitching coach Mark Connor continues to try to give his guys occasional days off from throwing.

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