Today is going to be tough, Baltimore. Really tough. But as we struggle to turn the engine over and begin a new (albeit short) week, let's take solace in the weekend we had both in our lives and in local sports. This is the Coffee Companion, where every weekday morning, we recap the local sports headlines.

- Jonathan Schoop hit a pair of home runs and new catcher Nick Hundley drove in a run in the 10th to give the Orioles a fifth extra-inning win this year. Peter Schmuck said their abilities close and late make them like the 2012 team, though that squad didn’t have to deal with what appear to be legitimate struggles for Chris Tillman.

- I was out at Delmarva all weekend to see the Shorebirds, and will have some updates on that young talented team later in the week. Until then, here’s a report on Hunter Harvey, featuring a very well reasoned quote by manager Ryan Minor.

- The fallout from the Ray Rice news conference continues, with Aaron Wilson looking at the next step for the Ravens running back.

- The NCAA lacrosse championship set a new low for attendance in a pro stadium Monday as Duke edged Notre Dame for its second straight title, 11-9.

- Maryland baseball found out yesterday afternoon that it will be heading to South Carolina as the No. 2 seed in that region for the NCAA tournament next week. The Terps fell in the title game of the ACC tournament.

One win away

- In the NHL and NBA, two recent champions moved a game closer to returning to the respective league championships last night. The Los Angeles Kings’ 5-2 win over the Blackhawks put them up 3-1 heading back to Chicago, while Miami topped Indiana 102-90 for a 3-1 lead over the Pacers.

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