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Coffee Companion (6/11): Machado appealing suspension, IronBirds season nears

Morning, y’all. I’ve replaced Jon for today’s Coffee Companion, where we recap yesterday’s sports headlines, because he feels sleep is important, or something. Regardless, your daily trip to the water cooler is approaching, which means you should read up here so you’ll have something to talk about while you’re there.

- Manny Machado was dealt a five-game suspension on Tuesday, and he’s already appealing to try and reduce his time off. Our own Peter Schmuck writes that the Orioles hope the third-baseman learns from his mistakes now before it’s too late.

- In other news, the O’s managed just two hits in a 1-0 loss to Boston last night.

- Prior to Tuesday night’s game, Matt Wieters told the media there was a possibility he could have surgery on his right elbow next Tuesday. He met with Dr. James Andrews, an orthopedic surgeon who’s routinely a favorite among professional athletes, on Monday.

- The Aberdeen IronBirds are looking to continue down the right path this season after making the playoffs last year. Manager Matt Merullo led the Orioles’ short-season Single-A affiliate to a 40-32 record and won the New York-Penn League McNamara Division in 2013. Dylan Bundy, the Orioles’ first-round draft pick in 2011, is set to make two rehab starts in Aberdeen — the first of which will come Sunday on the road against the Hudson Valley Renegades.

- Bob Welch, a former pitcher for the Dodgers and A’s, died on Tuesday at the age of 57.

- At the Ravens’ organized team activities yesterday, offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said he is throwing everything at the Ravens. He also praised Joe Flacco’s arm and work habits. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees said there might be some speed within his unit this season.

Spurs near perfect in Game 3

- The San Antonio Spurs put on an offensive clinic on Tuesday in Miami, sinking 19 of their first 21 baskets en route to an impressive 111-92 victory over the Heat. The Spurs now own a 2-1 series lead.

- Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals is Wednesday night. The Los Angeles Kings are looking to sweep the New York Rangers. Luckily for New York, the last time the Kings were up 3-0 in the Stanley Cup Finals (2011, against New Jersey), they lost Games 4 and 5. Unfortunately for New York, the Kings closed out that same series on June 11.

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