With a lack of anything smart to say to lead off this edition of the Coffee Companion, let's tip our hat to beloved baseball man Don Zimmer, who passed away last night at the age of 83. You don't get the kind of universal acclaim he has without earning it. Without further ado, the Coffee Companion, where every weekday morning we recap the local sports headlines.
- The Orioles held on for a 6-5 win Wednesday night in Texas, their fourth straight win. They also potential saw two starters go on the shelf, with Miguel Gonzalez undergoing an MRI on his oblique, and Bud Norris leaving with a bruise on his right forearm after a comebacker. That this occurred shortly after the team suggested it had enough arms for a six-man rotation is indicative of one of Rangers manager Ron Washington's favorite phrases: "That's the way baseball go."
- The MLB Draft begins tonight, and since the Orioles don't have a pick in the first two rounds, we doubled back to check on last year's top picks, pitcher Hunter Harvey and outfielder Josh Hart.
Come at the Kings…
The Rangers weren't able to sustain a scorching start on the ice, and gave up a 2-0 lead in Los Angeles as the Kings took the opening game of the Stanley Cup Final, 3-2 in overtime. The NBA Finals between Miami and San Antonio begin tonight.