Coffee Companion -- 3/2

March 02, 2011|By Matt Vensel

Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'll hook you up with some reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday -- that way I'll have an excuse to do the same at the start of mine.

Running it back:

The Orioles christened their spring training home with five homers in the first two innings of Tuesday's 12-6 win over the Rays, and starter Jeremy Guthrie pitched two perfect innings. ... O's manager Buck Showalter said that there is no timetable for Derrek Lee to get into a Grapefruit League game. ... Orioles owner Peter Angelos said that Andy MacPhail isn't going anywhere after this season. ... Ravens running back Ray Rice believes a new collective bargaining agreement will be reached before the scheduled start of the 2011 season.

Hitting the links:

1. Ken Rosenthal says the Orioles' farm system is lacking [FOX Sports]

2. Here's audio of Peter Angelos' interview during Tuesday's game [WBAL Radio]

3. Looking into the crystal ball at Jake Arrieta and Chris Tillman [Dempsey's Army]

4. An Orioles team health report for 2011 [SI]

5. Opening Day at the new Ed Smith Stadium was particularly special for O's fan Edna Mindte [Orioles Insider]

6. Here are some Orioles prospects to watch [Baltimore Sports and Life]

7. The Orioles seem ready to shake off years of mediocrity [Tampa Bay Online]

8. Here's an AFC North free agency preview [Pro Football Weekly]

9. The Ravens are searching for size at cornerback []

10. The Terps are looking for momentum as the ACC tournament nears [Baltimore Sun]

11. GM George McPhee on Dmitri Orlov: "We're pretty high on this player" [Capitals Insider]

12. The Capitals got an A-minus for their deadline dealings [Puck Daddy]

You said it:

"Seems to me that the ones knocking him down were the ones who put him up in the first place.  I never heard Matt say he was a superstar or anything near it.  So if the mouths in the press are saying that he's a bust then what should we say about them when they were the ones who said he was a sure thing out of college." -- reader TGC3RD has some words for Baseball Prospectus, who said Matt Wieters is one of the biggest busts ever

Video of the morning:

The Caps beat the Islanders in OT on Tuesday, and this was Alex Ovechkin's highlight-reel game-winner

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