Coffee Companion (5/29): Cruz bombs not enough as Orioles fall again

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I was definitely right about yesterday being a grind after Memorial Day weekend. Throw in the underrated impact of 8 p.m. Orioles games and its been a tough week after the holiday. So as we're all dragging again this morning, enjoy the Coffee Companion, where every weekday morning we recap the local sports headlines.

- The Brewers scored in the first three innings Wednesday night, and a pair of Nelson Cruz home runs couldn’t pull the Orioles back in an 8-3 loss in Milwaukee. Cruz has a league-leading 19 home runs.

- The Orioles were connected to Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija by a report in Chicago, but executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette didn’t give much indication that those talks were serious. The price would likely be way too high, for my taste, but if nothing else it could mean the Orioles believe they’re close. They could also get internal reinforcements in the form of Johan Santana.

- Matt Wieters is going to play catch Friday for the first time since he was put on the disabled list, which should provide a good indication of how the catcher’s elbow is doing.

- The Ravens began OTAs on Wednesday, and though media availability isn’t until today, we have a story on veteran defensive lineman Chris Canty, who hopes to find his old form this year.

- The World Cup is two weeks away. Take a few minutes and use our primer to get to know the U.S. squad, which features a lot of players who aren’t from America.

A lot of free hockey

- The Blackhawks staved off elimination in a 5-4, double-overtime win over Los Angeles last night. The series returns to Los Angeles with the Kings up 3-2. In hockey that wasn’t free and I had to pay for, Scores Baltimore Hockey B jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 6-1 win over the Hornets. Your Blitz blogger is happy with his performance.

- The Pacers held off Miami, 93-90, to send the series back to Miami with the Heat up, 3-2. It's difficult to see the Pacers coming all the way back, but it's good to see them putting up a fight.

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