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Francona still miffed at Showalter's comments, Bergesen feels fine and still could throw Tues.

And you thought the fallout from Orioles manager Buck Showalter's comments in Men's Journal was over.

Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona, whose team is at Ed Smith Stadium today to face the Orioles likely Opening Day lineup, told Boston reporters that he was "kind of aggravated a little bit" after seeing Showalter's comments about his boss, Red Sox GM Theo Epstein.

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"Just thought that was a little bit out of line — I don't think he'd be appreciating if I said something about [Orioles President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail], which I wouldn't,'' Francona said. "None of my business. And for the record, I think Andy's really good."

Showalter's comments in the magazine surfaced a couple of days ago. He said, "I'd like to see how smart [Boston GM] Theo Epstein is with the Tampa Bay payroll. You got Carl Crawford 'cause you paid more than anyone else, and that's what makes you smarter? That's why I like whipping their asses: It's great, knowing those guys with the $205 million payroll are saying, 'How the hell are they beating us?' "

Francona originally joked a little bit about the comments on Thursday but that was before he had viewed the exact quote.

"Actually I was kind of aggravated a little bit,'' said Francona. "I don't think that's anybody's place. That's my boss. It's not the end of the world, I just thought it shouldn't have been done.''

Told that the Orioles went 3-3 against the Red Sox during Showalter's final two months at the helm of the club, Francona said, "Way to go. I don't remember them beating us that much. Maybe there was some different schedule, I don't know.''

Showalter discussed the matter on Thursday and it was not brought up again today.

And on another matter that will surely impact the Orioles more than comments in a magazine, Brad Bergesen, who was hit in the right forearm by a Denard Span liner on Friday, got through a "very encouraging" flat ground session. He could throw a bullpen session tomorrow and then pitch in a game Tuesday or Wednesday.

"I got to 120 feet and I did flat ground afterwards," Bergesen said. "Everything felt OK, a little tight, a little tender. But it's nothing I can't throw through. I think right now the plan is hopefully a bullpen tomorrow. That's just where we are right now."

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