Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'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 -- that way I'll have an excuse to do the same at the start of mine.

Running it back:

Mike Preston reported on Monday that the Ravens are likely to release running back Willis McGahee. ... Orioles first baseman Derrek Lee, recovering from surgery on his thumb, might get into the batting cages sooner than expected. ... Terps guard Terrell Stoglin was named the ACC's Rookie of the Week. ... Alex Ovechkin scored the lone goal as the Capitals beat the Penguins, 1-0. ... Carmelo Anthony got traded to the Knicks.

Hitting the links:

1. The Orioles are experiencing a culture change under Buck Showalter [Fanhouse]

2. An ode to baseball's unsung heroes, including the late Ernie Tyler [SI]

3. The Orioles are still a long way from being relevant [Athlon Sports]

4. You might think they are, but the Orioles aren't one of the worst teams of this generation [BallHyped]

5. Here's an AL East spring training preview [Sporting News]

6. Former Pirates manager John Russell has no regrets now that he's with the O's [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]

7. Thinking about Alfredo Simon [Camden Chat]

8. Looking into Matt Wieters' crystal ball [Dempsey's Army]

9.  If the Ravens keep McGahee, he will get paid more than pretty much of all of their starters [Ravens Insider]

10. Key trades before the season have given the Ravens seven draft picks [Ravens.com]

11. Might the Ravens draft one of these running backs or fullbacks in April? [Ravens Insider]

12. Another ode, this one to Dino Gregory, Maryland's unexpected rock [Testudo Times]

13. How Mike Green's absence affects the Capitals [Capitals Insider]

You said it:

"How embarrassing for the Orioles.  You would never see that from the Natinals." -- reader SmittyATL reacts to my post about the Orioles misspelling Justin Duchscherer's name on his jersey

Video of the morning:

This crazy diving winner by Andy Roddick over the weekend came on match point


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