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.

** Orioles closer Jim Johnson made his first All-Star team after a long journey through the minor leagues.


** According to a Louisiana newspaper, the Orioles' top draft pick, Kevin Gausman, a right-hander from LSU, is considering going back to school. The club says they are still in negotiations with the young pitcher.

** Peter Schmuck gives out his midseason grades for the Orioles.

** Ed Reed would like the Ravens to know that he is comfortable at home.

** The NFL holds its supplemental draft on Thursday.

** Prince Fielder won the Home Run Derby for the second time in his career last night in Kansas City.

** The Loss Column looks at second-half storylines for the Orioles, including potential trades and the plan for Brian Roberts.


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