The MLB draft is always one of my favorite times of the year. The Orioles basically have no picks, which is personally depressing. But the two players who they gave picks up for --Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz --had a night to make Orioles fans forget draft picks Tuesday. Find out why in the Coffee Companion, where we recap the previous night's sports headlines.

- Nelson Cruz delivered easy storylines to reporters on both sides when his three-run home run put a cap on the Orioles 8-3 win over Texas. Cruz was edged by Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion as AL Player of the Month, but there’s always June.

- My thoughts on Johan Santana are well known, so I will just leave the idea of a six-man rotation upon his promotion to the big leagues out here for you to judge on your own.

- Prospect Dariel Alvarez has been putting on a show of his own, and the coaching staff in Bowie explained it was down to him allowing the ball to get deeper into the strike zone before he unloaded on it. I am becoming a believer.

- Bud Norris made waves when he tweeted that Astros prospect Jonathan Singleton’s contract extension was terrible. Norris explained it before Tuesday’s game that it came down to him knowing how good Singleton is and believing he should go through the arbitration process before free agency. Singleton must know how good he is too, because he had the bat-flip of a major league veteran after his first home run yesterday.

- After Bud Selig said the Orioles had a shot at the 2016 All-Star Game, we looked at what it would mean for the city.

- We’re back out at Ravens OTAs today, where quarterback Joe Flacco is looking to learn to work with receiver Steve Smith.

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