Coffee Companion -- 4/11

April 11, 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:

Jeremy Guthrie pitched well in his return from pneumonia Sunday, but the Orioles' offense let him down in a 3-0 loss to the Rangers. ... Chris Jakubauskas or Brad Bergesen is likely to start for the Orioles on Wednesday against the Yankees. ... Some guy named Charl Schwartzel won the Masters.

Hitting the links:

1. Buster Olney: "Zach Britton has a chance to become what Stephen Strasburg was last year" [ESPN]

2. Peter Schmuck: It might be a mistake to discount the Orioles' start given the circumstances [Baltimore Sun]

3. The Orioles were smart to not pursue Manny Ramirez in the offseason [CSN Baltimore]

4. The anatomy of a miracle season [Dempsey's Army]

5. Manny Machado is just trying to fit in with the Delmarva Shorebirds [Delmarva Now]

6. Kevin Cowherd: No one was hanging his head in the Orioles clubhouse after Sunday's loss [Baltimore Sun]

7. Which team will win the AL East? [NESN]

8. Here's Jamison Hensley's first NFL mock draft of the offseason [Baltimore Sun]

9. Mel Kiper expects a bunch of draft-day trades []

10. Under Armour founder Kevin Plank is an important source of funds for Maryland [Baltimore Sun]

11. Towson is at a pivotal point for its dreams of athletic glory [Baltimore Sun]

12. Here are a few intriguing matchups from the Capitals-Rangers series [Capitals Insider]

13. The quest for the Stanley Cup begins in the weight room [On Frozen Blog]

You said it:

"Baltimore is a great sports town period. We love the O's and the Ravens period! Nothing would be better than them both winning. The history of baseball and football is proud in bmore" -- reader jamaltimore thinks Baltimore is both a football and a baseball town

Video of the morning: 

David Beckham suspiciously boots three soccer balls into three garbage cans

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