It was a packed slate of Baltimore sports yesterday with the Ravens opening their OTAs to the media and the Orioles playing against the suddenly-becoming-relevant Astros, so this Coffee Companion was easy to brew. Every weekday morning, we use this space to recap the previous day's sports headlines.
- There was plenty of news out of Ravens OTAs including John Harbaugh’s lengthy comments on the teams' off-field issues. Mike Preston believes it's on the players to improve that.
- In actual football news, the Ravens moved second-year offensive lineman Ryan Jensen to tackle, and he’ll be getting reps at both right and left tackle this summer. Joe Flacco is using the OTAs to familiarize himself with the new offense.
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- There was also plenty of injury updates, and a short list of non-injured players who were not present.
- Reliever Preston Guilmet allowed his first runs of the season last night in the form of a two-run George Springer home run in the seventh to give the Orioles a 3-1 loss to the streaking Astros
- Tonight’s game against the Astros is the MLB Civil Rights Game, which is gaining buzz around the team.
- Matt Wieters said he’s seen a lot of improvement in his injured elbow, and will play some soft toss before today’s game.
- It’s a big week for the Terps, whose lacrosse star Taylor Cummings won the Tewaaraton Award for the nation’s best women’s lacrosse player. Albany brothers Miles and Kyle Thompson, who helped knock Loyola out of the tournament, won on the men’s side.
- Maryland ace Jake Stinnett takes the ball today in Columbia, S.C. as the Terps baseball team takes on Old Dominion in its first NCAA tournament since 1971.
We want the Cup
- The New York Rangers clinched a spot in their first Stanley Cup Final since winning the whole thing in 1994 with a sneakily comfortable 1-0 win over Montreal. They’ll face the winner of Los Angeles-Chicago, with the Kings leading that series 3-2.
- After both teams have been declared dead once in the series, the Spurs look less dead following a 117-89 win over Oklahoma City to take a 3-2 series lead.