Coffee Companion (7/18): Orioles to finally resume play

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I would want a decent-sized break in the middle if I played baseball every day from March to October too, but since I don't, I can fairly say that this week is unbearable and I'm glad sports are back tonight. You can tell how little has happened in the past day by all the analysis found in the Coffee Companion, where we recap the previous day's sports headlines.

- The Orioles open the second half with three games in Oakland, the team that was responsible for Manny Machado’s reputation taking a hit but ultimately might have also sparked his turnaround this year. Machado says he is over the incident. He may still want to duck.

- Dan Connolly looked at five questions about the second half, including trade possibilities for the Orioles and what the team needs to do to make the playoffs.

- Ravens free agent safety Darian Stewart is entering camp as a leading candidate for a starting job, Aaron Wilson writes. Aaron also highlighted Justin Forsett, a key part of the Ravens’ contingency plans for a Ray Rice suspension.

- Jeff Zrebiec’s positional preview turns to offensive lineman, which he says is difficult to predict.

- Forbes said earlier this week that the Ravens are the 19th-most valuable sports franchise in the world, valued at $1.227 and better than the Steelers.

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