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:


The Orioles split their split-squad games Wednesday, hammering the Twins, 11-2, and losing to the Red Sox, 2-1. ... Derrek Lee remains sidelined with a sore wrist, and Luke Scott is ready to play first base for the Orioles if needed. ... Brian Roberts insists his back is fine. ... Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Sergio Kindle has a chance to play in 2011. ... Harbaugh isn't concerned about the chemistry between Joe Flacco and Cam Cameron. ... The Capitals shut out the Oilers.

Hitting the links:

1. The key for the Orioles in 2011 might be the development of Adam Jones and Matt Wieters [SB Nation]

2. Mark Reynolds is trying to strike out all that "K" talk [CSN Baltimore]

3. Looking back at Gregg Zaun's career [Dempsey's Army]

4. Jim Palmer is on this list of sports comebacks, which is inspired by Tiki Barber [Washington Examiner]

5. The feats of Clay Rapada [MASN]

6. The Orioles are crossing their fingers when it comes to injuries [CSN Baltimore]


7. Andy MacPhail deserves a new contract [Gear Up for Sports]

8. Ravens coach John Harbaugh thinks Ed Reed can play four or five more years [Ravens Insider]

9. Ranking the Ravens' top three draft classes since 2000 [ESPN]

10. Michael Oher gets the NPR treatment [NPR]

11. Kevin Cowherd: For NFL players, "surviving" the lockout is easy if they go by the book [Baltimore Sun]

12. The Terps are looking for one more run [Testudo Times]


13. Time is running out for Maryland senior Cliff Tucker [Baltimore Sun]

You said it:

"I'd only trade him if the right deal came along, but I wouldn't move him just to get him out of the way of Pie (who wasn't even born here), Reimold, or Bell because they have not preformed consistently enough yet." -- reader The Shafe chimes in on my question about whether the Orioles should trade Luke Scott

Video of the morning:

I wonder what Terrell Suggs thinks about this video of Tom Brady dancing in Rio

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