After an extra-innings doubleheader that went until almost 1 a.m, coffeemakers around the city are probably deep into their second pot this morning. While you're waiting for the first few cups to kick in, here's a summary of the morning's local sports headlines from blogger Jon Meoli.
Worth the wait
- The Orioles had what amounted to an early All-Star break with a scheduled off-day and two postponements, but more than made up for the lack of action in yesterday’s doubleheader. Four pitchers—Ryan Webb, Darren O’Day, Brian Matusz, and Tommy Hunter—pulled double-duty in relief, and after the game, the Orioles optioned Evan Meek to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for some bullpen reinforcements.
- Manny Machado made his much-anticipated return last night, and though he’s still waiting to collect his first hit of the season, manager Buck Showalter was heartened by his stabilizing play in the field.
- Ray Rice appeared in court yesterday in New Jersey for his arraignment on assault charges, and pleaded not guilty.
- As part of the ongoing series on the Ravens’ draft needs, Jeff Zrebiec details the team’s offensive line.
Game 7s on tap
- All three NBA first-round series with Thursday action will go to a game 7. The Clippers, Pacers, and Thunder each pulled level at three games apiece with Golden State, Memphis, and Atlanta, respectively, to force a deciding game. In other NBA news, banned Clippers owner Donald Sterling reportedly has cancer.