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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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Jake Arrieta struggled as the Orioles were shut out by the White Sox on Thursday night. ... Zach Britton is unlikely to get a September promotion. ... Ray Rice isn't sweating his lack of touches in the preseason. ... Is Tiger Woods back?

Los links!!!:

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1. A revived Terrell Suggs is a "freaking action hero" [BaltimoreRavens.com]

2. Ravens wide receiver Marcus Smith is trying to finish off his comeback [National Football Post]

3. Mike Preston: Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison is more confident and relaxed [Baltimore Sun]

4. Ravens beat writer Jamison Henlsey chats about the team [Ravens Insider]

5. Who cares who the Orioles closer is? [Dempsey's Army]

6. Mike Bordick breaks down Orioles shortstop of the future Manny Machado [MASN]

7. An early look at potential Orioles free-agent targets [Baltimore Sports Report]

8. Former Cubs Felix Pie and Corey Patterson reinvent themselves as Orioles [Washington Times]

9. Dave Trembley does another interview [Daytona Beach News-Journal]

10. Can the Capitals get over the hump? [Hockey News]

You said it:

"I consider Ray Lewis to be Baltimore's greatest sports icon. I love Ripken, but Ray's enthusiasm makes the entire team better. He is truly the greatest linebacker of all time, and truly special to watch." -- HenryO thinks Lewis is this city's greatest sports icon. Do you agree?

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

Would you endorse the Orioles claiming Manny Ramirez off waivers?

Video of the morning:

Heads up!

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

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