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Coffee Companion (5/13): Norris' night spoiled by blast, beanball

Some might think it was overkill to have three Sun reporters at a Monday night Orioles game. Nonsense. We knew something big would happen, and when the benches emptied yesterday, we were ready. Want proof? This is the Coffee Companion, your No. 1 source for compiled Sun sports stories, which recaps the local sports headlines every weekday morning.

- An otherwise average game turned interesting in the eighth inning last night when Orioles starter Bud Norris appeared to retaliate for Ian Kinsler’s two-run home run by drilling Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter in the ribs. Hunter took exception, Norris was ejected, and the benches cleared. It didn’t escalate from there, but the home run and the incident put a scuff on what was otherwise a strong outing from Norris.

- Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy will face hitters for the first time since last season’s Tommy John surgery.

- Dan Connolly caught up with Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette before last night’s game and found out the team would not be negotiating in-season with any players, including Nick Markakis and J.J. Hardy.

- On Monday, the Sun staff graded the Ravens’ draft class. This morning, I compiled some grades from national analysts. Interestingly enough, they’re a bit higher on the haul than we are.

- There was plenty of news from Pimlico yesterday, with the preening Kentucky Derby winner, California Chrome, arriving from Kentucky and a slew of other notes. Ticket sales are also up this year, organizers say.

Taking care of business

- Lebron James scored 49 points as the Heat won 102-96 to take a 3-1 lead over Brooklyn, while Portland won at home to nick a game off the Spurs, who still lead the series 3-1, as well.

- Devante Smith-Pelly had a pair of goals and Nick Bonino added his fourth of the playoffs to give the Ducks a 4-3 win over Los Angeles and a 3-2 series lead. Montreal lit up the Bruins for a 4-0, Game Six home win to force a Game Seven in Boston.

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