With a lack of anything smart to say to lead off this edition of the Coffee Companion, let's tip our hat to beloved baseball man Don Zimmer, who passed away last night at the age of 83. You don't get the kind of universal acclaim he has without earning it. Without further ado, the Coffee Companion, where every weekday morning we recap the local sports headlines.

- The defensive backfield and offensive line were in focus yesterday as the Ravens took the field for their second set of OTAs. Guard Kelechi Osemele is back healthy after his back surgery last year, and tackle Eugene Monroe sees big things for the new-look offensive line. Mike Preston says cornerback Jimmy Smith is on the cusp of a breakout season, while second-year safety Matt Elam says he’s growing after his rookie year.

- The Orioles held on for a 6-5 win Wednesday night in Texas, their fourth straight win. They also potential saw two starters go on the shelf, with Miguel Gonzalez undergoing an MRI on his oblique, and Bud Norris leaving with a bruise on his right forearm after a comebacker. That this occurred shortly after the team suggested it had enough arms for a six-man rotation is indicative of one of Rangers manager Ron Washington’s favorite phrases: “That’s the way baseball go.”

- The MLB Draft begins tonight, and since the Orioles don’t have a pick in the first two rounds, we doubled back to check on last year’s top picks, pitcher Hunter Harvey and outfielder Josh Hart.

- California Chrome, who is seeking the first Triple Crown in 36 years, drew the No. 2 post in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes and is a 3-5 morning-line favorite. Social Inclusion will not run in the race.

Come at the Kings…

The Rangers weren’t able to sustain a scorching start on the ice, and gave up a 2-0 lead in Los Angeles as the Kings took the opening game of the Stanley Cup Final, 3-2 in overtime. The NBA Finals between Miami and San Antonio begin tonight.

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