Coffee Companion (4/23): Hat trick of homers against Orioles, why Phelps returned, and more

Last night's thunderstorms matched the gloom Orioles fans likely felt on their couches as the series opener with the Blue Jays progressed, so you're forgiven for not reading up on the rest of the night's action. 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.

Three-run shots


- Blue Jays fans threw hats into center field late in Tuesday's game, marking their "hat trick" of three-run home runs in their 9-3 win over the Orioles. Toronto asked to check Miguel Gonzalez' glove for a foreign substance after four stellar innings from the Orioles starter, and the search turned up nothing. And Peter Schmuck rightfully had some praise for the bottom of the Orioles lineup, who have stepped in well for J.J. Hardy and Manny Machado.

- A survey of over a dozen mock drafts had three players primarily connected to the Ravens at pick no. 17: Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin, and Louisville safety Calvin Pryor. Aaron Wilson's mock draft suggests the Ravens will draft Lewan, while Mike Preston believes they should trade back to get more picks.


- Manny Machado is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment in Frederick on Friday.

- Jeff Barker got his hands on the new Maryland football assistant coach contracts, which include bonuses for appearances in the Big Ten and national championship games.

- Childs Walker took a look at what might have motivated Michael Phelps to come out of retirement, ahead of his return to swimming at the Arean Grand Prix in Mesa, Ariz.

While I slept

- The Rangers took a 2-1 series lead with a 4-1 road win over the Flyers, while the Max Pacioretty's last-minute goal gave the Candiens a 4-3 win and series sweep over the Lightning. Tuuka Rask made 23 saves in a 3-0 shutout win over Detroit, which gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead, and San Jose took a commanding 3-0 series lead over the Kings.

- The (relatively) hometown Wizards' 101-99 overtime win over the Bulls gave them a 2-0 series lead returning to Washington, while Indiana and Toronto each pulled level in their series with Atlanta and Brooklyn, respectively.

Of relative import

- Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey was a bit wild Tuesday, walking five in four innings in the Delmarva's 4-1 win over Savannah. Harvey also fanned five and allowed an unearned run on three hits, which lowered his ERA to 0.86.


- Albert Pujols hit his 499th and 500th career home runs Tuesday against the Nationals. The Angels slugger looks very much back after a tough beginning to his Angels career.