Well, that was a weird first day of camp. A typically exciting occasion was played under clouds overhead, literally and figuratively, and the action on the field was almost an afterthought. I expect that, and the lack of oppressive heat, will change soon enough. Learn about everything that went down in the Coffee Companion, where we recap the previous day's sports headlines.
- The wait for Ray Rice's suspension finally ended Thursday, when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced a two-game suspension for the running back. Mike Preston believes the NFL missed a chance to send a message about domestic violence, while Peter Schmuck says a two-game suspension was the best-case scenario for Rice and the team. Public opinion isn't as split — the NFL is getting crushed.
- Training camp also began for the rest of the team, though that's been a bit overshadowed. Veteran cornerback Aaron Ross tore his Achilles tendon during his conditioning test and will be out for the year, while fellow corners Chykie Brown and Lardarius Webb had a tough day at the office.
- Manny Machado was out of the lineup again, but Wei-Yin Chen tossed eight shutout innings and Delmon Young hit a three-run home run as the Orioles continued their strong West Coast trip with a 4-0 win over Seattle.
- Kevin Gausman looks to rebound from his worst start of the season when he faces of with Seattle ace Felix Hernandez Friday night, but already had a big win when he topped Toronto stud Marcus Stroman in a donut-eating contest.