I just saw a commercial for pulled pork pizza from Papa John's. Can anyone confirm whether that is worth eating? I feel like it's a great idea, but the execution needs to be there. In return for your assistance, I will compile the day's local sports headlines in the Coffee Companion, as I do most days but did not do yesterday.
- Manny Machado provided his first bit of Orioles Magic last night, getting his first walk-off hit in the form of a 12th-inning home run in a 7-6 win over the Angels. I wish he would have pimped it a little more, but that’s just me. It’s a typical Orioles win, if you think back to 2012, but Dan Connolly believes this team is better than that one.
- There was plenty of off-field news, including a wild Hollywood Reporter article about the dispute over MASN money that could have huge long-term affects on the organization, and some trade deadline notes. Dan Duquette said the team is more concerned about pitching depth than an impact trade, and would not comment on the team’s potential interest in former closer Jim Johnson, who was designated for assignment by Oakland last week.
- The Ravens were off yesterday, which allowed me to get in a beautiful round at Pine Ridge. All the rest of the Ravens writers worked. Mike Preston wrote about how the defense needs its swagger back. The team signed cornerback Marrio Norman for depth purposes on the day off, a day before Aaron Wilson reported there’s no structural damage in Lardarius Webb’s back.
- With the trade deadline looming, Mike Klingaman compiled the 10 best trades in Baltimore history. There were some good ones.