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Coffee Companion -- 7/27: O's crush Jays, Yanda re-signs

FootballBaltimore RavensEd DicksonNFLDerrick MasonMarc Bulger

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:

The Ravens struck a deal with Marshal Yanda, agreeing Tuesday afternoon to a five-year deal with the coveted offensive lineman that is believed to average a little more than $6 million per season. ... With Yanda locked up, the Ravens' focus now turns to re-signing cornerback Josh Wilson. ... Domonique Foxworth is ready to get back on the field. ... The Orioles pounded out four home runs en route to a rare win in Toronto. ... Vladimir Guerrero was activated from the disabled list. Can he salvage his season?

Hitting the links:

1. Peter Schmuck says the Ravens will miss the leadership of Todd Heap and Derrick Mason [Baltimore Sun]

2. Did the Ravens cut those players so they could make a run at Nnamdi Asomugha? [CBS Sports]

3. How did the cuts affect local sporting goods stores? [ABC2]

4. Domonique Foxworth is worried about his job [CSN Baltimore]

5. The Ravens play into a couple offseason storylines [SI]

6. Jared Gaither to the Raiders? [Ravens Insider]

7. Dawan Landry to the Jaguars? [Ravens Insider]

8. Marc Bulger to the Cardinals? [Ravens Insider]

9. How ready are the Ravens? [ESPN]

10. Ed Dickson is a top NFL "prospect" [ESPN]

11. Pick your pump-up song, Ravens fans [Ravens.com]

12. What's up with Brian Matusz? [Orioles Insider]

13. The Orioles are still waiting for their young pitching corps to develop [MLB.com]

14. Parting with Jeremy Guthrie won't be easy to do [MASN]

15. Why can't the Orioles stop losing? (Well, they used a different word than losing) [Artie Donovan's Workout Partner]

16. Zach Hample snagged Mike Trout's first home run [LA Times]

You said it:

"Heap's many injuries will likely keep him out of the Hall of Fame, but he's a lock for the Raven's Ring of Honor or whatever they call it. Heap has a ton of football left in hin if he can stay healthy. And I doubt if he wants to go anywhere else. We should work with him on bringing him back." -- reader Fanger pays tribute to Todd Heap, who will be released later this week

Video of the morning: 

Jake Arrieta hit Jose Bautista in the head with a pitch Tuesday night. It sounds like he's OK.

Send me your funny and/or interesting links, photos, YouTube videos, blogs, Tweets, comments, emails, ideas, etc. If I deem them to be worthy for the blog, I’ll give you a plug. You can reach me at Matt.Vensel@baltsun.com and twitter.com/mattvensel.

The Ravens might have let you go but I won't. It's not fantasy football season until you're on the squad, listed as Questionable. Don't let the streak end.

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