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Bergesen set to throw, Machado and other prospects join team, today's lineups

Brad Bergesen, who was hit in the right forearm with a Denard Span liner on Friday, says that he's getting increasingly better and he'll try to play catch today. If all goes well, Bergesen could pitch on Tuesday in the Grapefruit League finale or on Wednesday in a minor league game. Either way, he still could start Sunday in game three of the regular season.

"Obviously, my goal is to throw on Sunday. How I get to that point, I'm not too concerned about it," Bergesen said. "Whether I throw Tuesday, that would be great, or Wednesday, maybe a few less innings. I'm not sure what it's going to be. Obviously, that's my goal, not to push myself for Tuesday, but to be ready for the season."

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Bergesen admitted that he was real relieved because things could have been worse.

"That's what happens when you have tiger blood, I guess," he joked. "That's a huge relief. Taking it off the arm initially, I look down and see in two seconds, there is a big old lump there. I didn't know what it was going to be. To have it look like there's nothing there and to be optimistic, I'm really happy about it. I feel like I dodged a huge bullet."

The Orioles have split-squad games today, at home against the Boston Red Sox, and in Dunedin against the Toronto Blue Jays. Obviously needing some more players, they summoned some of their better prospects, including shortstop Manny Machado, to join the club.

Here are the minor leaguers staying at Ed Smith: Ryan Adams, Machado, Xavier Avery, Kyle Hudson, Trent Mummey, Tyler Townsend, Wynston Sawyer, Brandon Waring, Michael Ohlman, Blake Davis.

Here are the minor leaguers headed to Dunedin: Greg Miclat, Mychal Givens, L.J. Hoes, Carlos Rojas, Jacob Julius, Steven Bumbry, Tyler Henson, Michel Hernandez, Ronnie Welty, Adam Donachie.

Here are the two Oriole lineups for the split-squad games, followed by the Red Sox's lineup. The Orioles-Red Sox game will be shown on MASN, and it wouldn't surprise me if the home lineup that manager Buck Showalter will trot out will look a whole lot like the one you'll see on Opening Day on Friday at Tropicana Field.

HOME ORIOLES

Brian Roberts, 2B

Nick Markakis, RF

Derrek Lee, 1B

Vladimir Guerrero, DH

Luke Scott, LF

Adam Jones, CF

Mark Reynolds, 3B

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Matt Wieters, C

J.J. Hardy, SS

Chris Tillman, SP

Also scheduled to pitch for Orioles: Kevin Gregg, Koji Uehara

RED SOX

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF

Marco Scutaro, SS

J.D. Drew, RF

Kevin Youkilis, 3B

David Ortiz, DH

Darnell McDonald, LF

Nate Spears, 2B

Paul Hoover, C

Drew Sutton, 1B

Brandon Duckworth, SP

Also scheduled to pitch for Red Sox: Matt Albers

AWAY ORIOLES

Robert Andino, LF

Randy Winn, DH

Nolan Reimold, RF

Jake Fox, 1B

Brendan Harris, 3B

Felix Pie, CF

Nick Green, 2B

Craig Tatum, C

Cesar Izturis, SS

Jeremy Guthrie, SP

Also scheduled to pitch for Orioles: Mark Hendrickson

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