Day baseball is great, but once Tommy Hunter shut the door on Boston and you were able to get back to work, you probably didn't do much further reading. That's why blogger/reporter Jon Meoli writes the Coffee Companion — where every morning, Monday through Friday, he'll run back the biggest sports headlines from the previous day.
Some morning sunshine
- Columnist Mike Preston believes the Ravens' best strategy in the NFL Draft is to trade back. If they don't, Aaron Wilson projected in his first mock draft of the season (and The Sun's third) that Baltimore would select Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan.
- After Sunday's loss, the Orioles again tried to make Patriot's Day weekend special for the Boston community when they almost gave up a six-run lead Monday afternoon. They hung on for a 7-6 win. Nelson Cruz, who has driven in nine in seven games this year against Boston, drove in one of those runs. That's no fluke. He's better against Boston than any other team.
- And even though he's not putting up the numbers he did last year, Chris Davis is doing the best he can with the pitches he's getting.
- Clarksville native Tatyana McFadden was also successful in Boston, as she won her second straight women's wheelchair Boston Marathon. McFadden has claimed the last six major marathons in her division.
- WWE Monday Night Raw was at the Baltimore Arena last night. As Aaron Oster wrote, the night took on an interesting tone from the start with the Daniel Bryan beatdown, but here are some great pictures. Click through to the end for some photos of Titus O'Neill and Natalya playing bocce with Special Olympians in Towson.
And for those who may care
- Kevin Durant made a ridiculous shot to help force overtime in the Thunder's 111-105 loss to Memphis, which leveled that series at one. The Clippers smoked Golden State, 138-98, to pull even in that series as well.
- On the ice, the Penguins erased a 3-1 third-period deficit to top Columbus 4-3 and take a 2-1 series lead. Colorado's Mikael Granlund scored an acrobatic overtime winner to put the Avalanche up 2-1 in the series over Minnesota. Chicago's 2-0 win in Game 3 cut St. Louis' series lead to 2-1, as did Dallas' 3-0 win over Anaheim.
- David Moyes, hailed as fans last summer as The Chosen One to replace legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, was sacked early this morning. United legend Ryan Giggs will take over as interim manager.
- Last week, White Sox manager Robin Ventura let left-hander Chris Sale throw 127 pitches on a cold night against Boston. Last night, Sale went on the DL with a forearm strain—one of the forbearers of Tommy John surgery. Bad news for baseball fans in general.