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Coffee Companion -- 6/13: O's, Matusz mauled; Mavs beat Heat

Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'll hook you up with reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday -- that way I'll have an excuse to do the same at the start of mine. 

Running it back:

Orioles starter Brian Matusz retired just three of the 13 hitters he faced, allowing four runs on five hits and four walks in 1 1/3 innings during Sunday's 9-6 loss to the Rays.  ... Wanting Zach Britton's rookie season to prolong into September, the Orioles have pushed back his next start a couple of days. ... The Mavericks beat the Heat on Sunday night to capture their first NBA championship. ... A wild and unpredictable Triple Crown season came to an appropriately stunning conclusion Saturday as 24-1 long shot Ruler On Ice won the Belmont Stakes.

Hitting the links:

1. Kevin Cowherd: Brian Matusz is a mess [Baltimore Sun]

2. Peter Schmuck: It might be time for the Orioles to start seriously pondering the mystery that is Jeremy Guthrie [Baltimore Sun]

3. It didn't take Dylan Bundy long to make a headline [ESPN]

4. What is wrong with Nick Markakis? [Big League Stew]

5. The Orioles are adversely affected by compensation rules in the draft [Chicaco Tribune]

6. Trent Dilfer thinks the owners will win the lockout [AP]

7. When the NFL lockout ends, will Ravens players be ready to get back to their pursuit of a title? [Baltimore Sun]

8. The Ravens will have interest in Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha [Ravens Insider]

9. Jarret Johnson is the most underappreciated Raven [ESPN]

10. There's another Flacco [Baltimore Sports Report]

11. Who are Baltimore football's 10 best ever? [CSN Baltimore]

12. There is no football for undrafted former Terps wondering if their NFL hopes can outlast the lockout [Baltimore Sun]

13. An Alex Ovechkin offseason update [The Score]

You said it:  

"At first I was going to go on a anti-Steelers rant, but in reality, what is he supposed to say?" -- reader grizzly228 has the proper reaction to LaMarr Woodley's prediction that Joe Flacco will never win a Super Bowl. What else should he say?

Video of the morning:

Here is why the Miami Heat is not great [via Hot Clicks]

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