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:


The Orioles introduced new manager Buck Showalter on Monday. ... Juan Samuel is staying with the organization... Jared Gaither made a surprise return to Ravens training camp -- and he was back at left tackle. ... QB John Beck was traded to the Redskins. ... Michael Phelps is one of maybe 17 American men who appreciate Speedos.

Los links!!!:

1. As Orioles manager, Showalter faces a tall order [New York Times]

2: Looking at Buck's jersey tribute to Johnny Oates [Yahoo!]

3. James Walker's podcast on the 2010 Ravens [ESPN]

4. Showalter is facing a challenge like he's never seen before [The Baltimore Sun]

5. Anquan Boldin as the Ravens third-string QB? [Purple Chaos]

6. Domonique Foxworth was honored with the first Tim Wheatley Award [Baltimore Sun]

7. The Ravens offense looks dangerous. The defense? Not as much [CBS Sports]

8. Here are some hypothetical candidates to replace Ralph Friedgen [Testudo Times]

9. Would the Capitals be interested in Antti Niemi? [Fanhouse]

You said it:

"The Orioles aren't battling mediocrity. At this point, mediocrity would be a huge upgrade." -- rockvillejake responds to my Showalter column

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


Will the Orioles have a winning season under Buck Showalter?

Video of the morning:

Pee-wee hockey throwdown!

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