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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 beat the first-place White Sox, 4-3, on Sunday to go to 5-1 under Buck Showalter. ... In the win, Cesar Izturis got his 1,000 hit. ... Troy Patton was sent to Triple-A Norfolk, clearing the way for Craig Tatum to return to the Orioles. ... Ravens CB Chris Carr missed Sunday's practice with a leg injury.

Los links!!!:

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1. Haruki Nakamura enjoys training camp brouhahas [Carroll County Times]

2. Here's what we learned about the Bengals on Sunday night [ESPN]

3. Mike Preston: Ray Lewis' passion is what sets him apart from his peers [Baltimore Sun]

4. The window is closing for the Ravens' veterans [Baltimore Sun]

5. A healthy Koji Uehara is becoming a force for the Orioles [MLB.com]

6. The Orioles are getting what they paid for in Buck Showalter [CSN Baltimore]

7. Peter Schmuck: The Orioles are doing the little things under Showalter [Baltimore Sun]

8. The Terps get no love in SI's ACC football preview [SI

You said it:

"Those Purple Camo Pants are GENUINE COMBAT FATIGUES, not pajamas. Get it right! Honestly, how can any decent sports fan stand to have their impeccable [manly] fashion sense questioned?" -- Emperor Constantine loves him some purple camo pajama pants

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

Baseball manager or football coach: Who has more influence on the outcome of a game?

Video of the morning:

It's wedding season, even for pirate ninjas

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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