As it often does, it became summer very quickly here in Baltimore and that is bad news for all of us. I said during the seemingly countless cold, rainy nights at baseball stadiums that we'd kill for that weather in a month, and now I probably would. Anyway, here's the Coffee Companion, where we recap the previous day's sports headlines.
- The Ravens opened mandatory minicamp on a scorcher in Owings Mills, and it's only going to be hotter today, so wish the boys luck. Several players spoke to the media for the first time this offseason, including Haloti Ngata, who said he wants to be a Raven for life; Dennis Pitta, who said he's fully healthy after last summer's hip surgery; and Elvis Dumervil, who feels he needs to improve on last year.
- A grand slam from Chris Davis and a two-run home run from Steve Pearce helped the Orioles to a 7-5 win over Tampa Bay, putting the third-place Orioles (36-34) four games back in the AL East. Peter Schmuck thinks this may just be as good as the team can be, and that expectations could have been too high.
- Matt Wieters will begin his rehab immediately following successful elbow surgery, while fellow Tommy John survivor Dylan Bundy will be reassessed after two more starts in Aberdeen.
- We also looked inside the numbers of why J.J. Hardy hasn't hit a home run this year.