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Coffee Companion: July 12, 2012

Each morning, Monday through Friday, we'll hook you up with some reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday.

** Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said the team hopes to add a “set-up hitter” with the ability to reach base consistently.

** Dan Connolly takes a look at the five most pressing questions facing the Oriolesin the season’s second half, including one about the club’s poor first-half defense.

** Ravens safety Ed Reed told a local radio host that he’s “still thinking things through” regarding his future with the team. Training camp begins July 25.

** Linebacker Jalen Brooks is “excited” to be a Terps and help out with the rebuilding processin College Park. He committed just a week and a half after visiting campus.

** The release of the Freeh report, by a former FBI director, revealed that Joe Paterno and other Penn State administrators protected Jerry Sandusy to preserve the program's image.

** Ravens offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie told Yahoo! Sports Radio that he has slimmed down to 350 pounds. The Ravens wanted McKinnie to lose weight so he could remain fresh late in games.

** The Orioles have agreed to terms with Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia. The deal is pending a physical.

** The Orioles remain confident that a deal with first-round draft pick Kevin Gausmangets finalized.

** Norman Sas, the inventor of the Electric Football game, has died.

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