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:


Brian Matusz pitched the Orioles past the White Sox on Wednesday night. ... Former Orioles manager Dave Trembley said he has no bitterness toward the O's. ... Orioles reliever Jim Johnson will be activated from the DL on Friday. ... Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that OT Jared Gaither might be able to play in the season opener ... The Ravens unveiled their new fight song.

Los links!!!:

1. Ray Lewis is the Ravens' most indispensable player [ESPN]

2. Ravens CB Cary Williams is quietly making progress [CSN Baltimore]

3. The Ravens will leave the in-game Tweeting to Bengals wideout Chad Ochocinco [Baltimore Sun]

4. John Eisenberg: The Ravens shouldn't trade Willis McGahee [CSN Baltimore]

5. Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens pose with a Batman car [Cincinnati.com]

6. The Ravens are the eighth-most valuable team in the NFL [Forbes]


7. The ups and downs of Nolan Reimold -- including baby daddy drama [Camden Chat]

8. Matt Wieters hits a lot of groundballs [Camden Crazies]

9. Buck Showalter is a breath of fresh air for the Orioles [York Dispatch]

10. Jake Arrieta makes out with a dog at a calendar shoot -- well, kind of [MASN]

11. Here's a pretty good Maryland football primer [ACC Sports Journal]

12. Ralph Friedgen looks for a quick turnaround [AJC]


You said it:

"The only reasonable expectation that I have for Sergio Kindle in 2010 is that when he does eventually sign his contract, he uses his bonus money to buy a rancher." -- Big Daddy (not Lipscomb) strikes again

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

Should Dave Trembley be bitter about being let go by the Orioles?

Video of the morning:

Dwyane Wade goes undercover for Gatorade

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