Coffee Companion -- 4/27

April 27, 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:

No Ravens showed up at the Castle after the lockout was lifted, but Derrick Mason says that will change this week. ... Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski is appealing a 45-day boxing suspension for failing a drug test after Saturday's victory in Thackerville, Okla. ... Zach Britton allowed one run and five hits in six innings as the Orioles got a much-needed 4-1 win over the Red Sox. ... Orioles manager Buck Showalter won't tip his hand when it comes to changing up his lineup.

Hitting the links:

1. Peter Schmuck: The Orioles need to get it into gear, and very soon [Baltimore Sun]

2. Finish this sentence: Zach Britton reminds me of... [Orioles Insider]

3. Zach Britton keeps on rolling [CSN Baltimore]

4. Not so fast, Nolan Reimold detractors [Dempsey's Army]

5. Here's one way to ruin a Nick Markakis jersey [Buzzfeed]

6. Thinking about the Duke and Irritable Bowel Syndrome [Camden Depot]

7. Pedigree could play a role in the Ravens' draft this week [Baltimore Sun]

8. Did any Ravens picks make this list of the biggest draft busts in recent NFL history? [USA Today]

9. Terps QB Danny O'Brien is getting used to changes on offense [ESPN]

10. Randy Edsall is following Tom Coughlin's example [ACC Sports]

11. You can bid for this creepy medieval-themed painting of the Capitals [eBay]

12. In Jason Arnott, the Capitals see someone who’s been where they want to go [Washington Post]

You said it:

"You know what? I hate A-Rod, but kudos to him on this one. Cal [gave] to him, and he's doing that for Manny Machado. I hope that continues, as (like it or not) A-Rod is one of the best in the game. This can only help Manny, and the O's in the long run." -- reader ChrisMatt was pleased to read that Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is mentoring Orioles prospect Manny Machado

Video of the morning: 

Not one, but two refs take a spill before this hockey game

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