Coffee Companion (4/24): Ravens schedule released, Davis and Cruz mash, and more

If you were waiting for Chris Davis' home run to land before you got on with your business last night, you might have missed a lot. 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.

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- The allegedly climactic announcement of the Ravens' 2014 schedule came out last night, highlighted by a pair of prime time games against the Steelers and five of their six division games before the bye. Our Ravens reporters also rapidly reacted with some instant analysis.

- The Orioles continued their stretch of putting fans through an emotional wringer Wednesday with a 9-7, back-and-forth win over Toronto. Chris Davis hit his second home run of the year, a bomb to dead center that landed in the second deck that was foreshadowed on this website earlier that day.

- Michael Phelps spoke for the first time about his return to competitive swimming. He was non-committal about the 2016 Olympics in Rio but said he got back in the pool because he missed it and is having fun this week in Mesa.

- Saturday's UFC event at Baltimore Arena is fast approaching. Ronda Rousey will throw out the first pitch Friday at Camden Yards.

Am I the only one who cares about the rules?

- Earlier this year, Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda caused a stir with pine tar on his hand during a start with the Red Sox. Wednesday night, he pitched against Boston again and walked out to the mound for the second inning with pine tar on his neck. Boston manager John Farrell called him on it, and Pineda was ejected. Boston ultimately won, 4-1.

- Lebron James and the Miami Heat took a 2-0 lead over Charlotte Wednesday night, as did Portland over Houston. Dallas took game two from San Antonio to head home level at 1-1.

Playoff drama

- All three NHL first-round series in action last night were leveled at 2-2, with Chicago topping St. Louis 4-3 in overtime, Dallas topping Anaheim 4-2, and Columbus edging Pittsburgh 4-3 in overtime.