Coffee Companion -- 4/14

April 14, 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:

Starter Chris Tillman never gave the Orioles even a fighting chance in last night's 7-4 loss to the Yankees. ... Brad Bergesen was officially added to the Orioles' active roster, but can he stay in the rotation? ... Alexander Semin buried a one-timer in overtime to lift the Capitals to a 2-1 win over the Rangers in Game 1.

Hitting the links:

1. Buck Showalter’s success in Baltimore proves Bobby Valentine deserves a shot, too [NY Post]

2. Buck Showalter thinks about everything [CBS Sports

3. Did Buck Showalter curse Theo Epstein and Derek Jeter? [CSN Baltimore]

4. Velocity isn't Chris Tillman's main issue [Orioles Insider]

5. Pick the all-time greatest Oriole [USA Today]

6. Kevin Cowherd: Is fan behavior at stadiums getting worse? [Baltimore Sun]

7. Will the Ravens trade down again during the first round of the draft? []

8. Is criticism of Joe Flacco, Tony Romo and Carson Palmer unwarranted? []

9. Terrell Suggs isn't getting his due credit []

10. Here are three high-character prospects who could land with the Ravens [Ravens Insider]

11. Ozzie Newsome gets high marks for his recent draft classes []

12. John Harbaugh apparently got booed at the Capitals' game last night [Baltimore Sports Report]

13. The addition of safety Kenny Tate is not the only change to Maryland's linebacker corps [Baltimore Sun]

14. Michael Wilbon says that Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals need to win the Stanley Cup [ESPN]

You said it:

"Maybe the Indians will claim Hobgood from us -- the sooner the better! -- and we will call it even." -- reader Fanger will gladly give Matt Hobgood to the Tribe to thank them for the gift of Jeremy Guthrie

Video of the morning: 

Here are monkey cowboys riding dogs [Big Lead]

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