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Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'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 -- that way I'll have an excuse to do the same at the start of mine.

Running it back:

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The Orioles on Thursday hired Buck Showalter to be their next manager. ... And they traded Miguel Tejada to the Padres. ... And they beat the Royals in extra innings. ... The Ravens' first full-squad training camp practice is Friday, and all eyes will be on Anquan Boldin. ... Ravens CB Fabian Washington has been cleared to practice.

Los links!!!:

1. Tejada seemed pretty bummed out about not being a winner in Baltimore [Orioles Insider]

2. Buck Showalter's in, so what's next? [2131 and Beyond]

3. What's Juan Samuel's next move? [Orioles Insider]

4. Examining the Tejada deal [Camden Crazies]

5. Football Outsiders thinks the Ravens will win it all [Baltimore Beatdown]

6. Terrell Suggs will get a chance to burn Flozell "The Hotel" Adams twice this season [ESPN]

7. Mike Preston: It really is Super Bowl or bust for the Ravens [Ravens Insider]

8. A Pittsburgh columnist appreciates Baltimore's training camp autograph policy [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

9. Looking at the Maryland AD candidates [Testudo Times]

You said it:

"As a lifelong Orioles fan, I almost shed a tear when I read that we had finally hired the Buck Showalter. I feel that this is a move in the right direction for our long suffering franchise." -- Scott on the hiring of Showalter ... obviously.

"The first time I see him screaming in [Adam] Jones' face for another error or in Tejada's for swinging at the first pitch, I'm on board" -- ditto for @BMoreBirdsNest on Twitter, though he won't have to worry about Miggy's free-swinging ways any longer

Today's water cooler question (your response could be published in b):

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What are reasonable expectations for Buck Showalter and the Orioles these next two months?

Video of the morning:

If you're not already ready for Ravens training camp, this might help



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