I know we all dreaded yesterday's return to the work routine, but I think the first day after a long weekend is survived on pure adrenaline. Today is the day when you need help to survive. So as you sit at your desk on your fourth cup of coffee today, enjoy the Coffee Companion along with it, where we recap the local sports headlines every weekday morning.
- The Orioles fell 7-6 in 10 innings in Milwaukee when T.J. McFarland walked former Oriole Mike Reynolds and pinch-hitting pitcher Yovani Gallardo doubled to score him with two outs in the inning. It’s a move that’s led to Buck Showalter being questioned.
- My minor league update focused on Norfolk righty Mike Wright, who picked up his third straight loss Tuesday despite what I’ve been told is impressive stuff. Next time he takes the mound, he could be throwing to Steve Clevenger, who was somewhat surprisingly optioned to Norfolk, as the Orioles decided the keep Nick Hundley and Caleb Joseph instead.
- The Ravens begin OTAs today, with some players still not totally healthy. The voluntary camp is important for players like Marlon Brown, who is trying to improve on an impressive rookie campaign.
- Lorenzo Taliaferro, the running back selected in the fourth round of this month’s draft, gained headlines for the wrong reason heading into camp after he was arrested for allegedly punching out a taxi cab window.
- The US Men’s National Team kicked off its World Cup preparations with a 2-0 win over Azerbaijan last night. I’ll have my takeaways from the match up in a bit, but finishing the Coffee Companion is a priority.
While you were watching the Orioles…
- Montreal topped the Rangers in a wild Game 5, 7-4, to send the NHL's Eastern Conference finals back to New York for Game 6.
- Oklahoma City was written off for dead after falling down 2-0 to San Antonio, but a 105-92 win leveled the conference final series at 2-2.
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