Coffee Companion -- 5/19

Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'll hook you up with 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 and the Yankees played 15 innings on Wednesday night, but it was the Yankees who finally broke through and won, 4-1, wasting a fine start by Zach Britton. ... The Orioles played without Brian Roberts, who has been experiencing headaches since Monday's game in Boston. ... Cesar Izturis will have surgery on his right elbow and could be out for six to eight weeks. ... Maryland committed secondary NCAA rules violations a few seasons ago, but the basketball program was not penalized. ... Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom was made an early 2-1 favorite for the Preakness after the post position draw.

Hitting the links:


1. Jim Bowden writes that Zach Britton leads the rookie pitching class [ESPN]

2. Rob Neyer listed Jeremy Guthrie as a losing pitcher who shouldn't be [SB Nation]

3. The "plight" of the Orioles and the Indians offers a cautionary tale for the Mariners [Seattle Times]

4. Buck Showalter and the Orioles have some quick roster decisions to make [Orioles Insider]

5. The Orioles bullpen has been a money pit [Dempsey's Army]

6. Is .500 in reach for the Orioles? [Orioles Buzz]

7. Brandon Snyder is back with the Orioles and hoping for a chance to prove himself [MASN]

8. Mark Teixeira will "always love Baltimore" [b free daily]


9. The Ravens need to find a veteran backup for Joe Flacco [Ravens Insider]

10. Breaking down which colleges the Ravens like to draft players from []

11. Mark Turgeon isn't trying to be Duke or North Carolina. He's trying to beat them [ESPN]

12. Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito lost a horse but gained a cause in March 2010 [Baltimore Sun]

13. For Mount St. Joe alum Larry Collmus, calling the Preakness is "as good as it gets" [Baltimore Sun]

14. The New York Times takes on the Kegasus controversy [New York Times]


15. If the Capitals were to trade Mike Green, here are some players they could acquire [ESPN]

16. Fire Bruce Boudreau before it's too late [SB Nation]

You said it:

"The irony -- and beauty -- of this question is that, as noted by your other posters, there are actually multiple possibilities for the answer for once." -- reader Fanger says it's a good thing that there is no clear favorite for the Orioles' first-quarter MVP

Video of the morning: 

More rain delay shenanigans at the college level (let's get this going in the big leagues)


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