Coffee Companion for July 18, 2012

Each morning, Monday through Friday, we'll hook you up with some reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday.

** Zach Britton, making his first major league start of the 2012 season, and the Orioles' bullpen struggled in the club's 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins. Brad Bergesen could be a short-term solution to the O's long-relief woes. Eduardo Encina says slumping shortstop J.J. Hardy is still the Orioles' best option at the No. 2 spot.


** Former Ravens running back Jamal Lewis will be inducted this year into the team's Ring of Honor. Second-year defensive lineman Bryan Hall is hoping to make an impact this year for the Ravens.

** Sun intern Connor Letourneau offered his impressions on the Harrisons twins, Terps recruiting, Mount St. Joseph's Kameron Williams and more after the Houston Defenders' win over Nike Baltimore Elite on Monday night at BCCC. InsideMDSports, meanwhile, provided an update on Suitland point guard Roddy Peters, who was offered last week by Maryland.

** IndyCar's Ryan Hunter-Reay, who has won three straight IRL races, is no longer just an "up-and-coming" driver."

** Greg Merson, a Laurel native and former Maryland student, made it to the final table for the World Series of Poker, which will resume in October.

Best of the local blogs

** Baltimore Beatdown asks if Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin can be dominant again.

** Baltimore Gridiron Report makes the case for why it's OK for Flacco to be an above-average Joe.

** Camden Depot revisits the situation with the Orioles and Korean pitcher Kim Seong-Min.

** Testudo Times continued its Profiles in Terpage series with a look at offensive lineman Justin Gilbert.

** Turtle Droppings previews Maryland's matchup this fall against Clemson.

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