Coffee Companion -- 5/20

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 Yankees unloaded on Brad Bergesen Thursday night, scoring five runs in the first on the way to a 13-2 thrashing of the Orioles. ... The Orioles placed the right side of their infield -- Brian Roberts and Derrek Lee -- on the disabled list. ... The Orioles continued to shake-up their roster as they demoted Troy Patton and Chris Jakubauskas and called up Nolan Reimold and Ryan Adams. ... Derrick Mason says that the Ravens' workouts at Towson will be light.

Hitting the links:


1. The story behind the story of the Preakness trophy reads like a great Southern novel [Baltimore Sun]

2. It takes a team of artisans to make the replica trophies Preakness winners take home [Baltimore Sun]

3. Preakness and Pimlico must look past a "temporary fix" [AP]

4. Racing and infield debauchery go hand in hand [ESPN]

5. Kentucky Derby's bad blood saddles jockey John Velazquez entering the Preakness [USA Today]

6. Animal Kingdom trainer Graham Motion's career took fortuitous turns on the way to Pimlico [Baltimore Sun]

7. Mucho Macho Man is a thoroughly remarkable thoroughbred [Miami Herald]

8. When it comes to crowning champions, Preakness is a more pivotal race than the Kentucky Derby [N.Y. Post]


9. Here are five story lines to watch at the Preakness on Saturday [Baltimore Sun]

10. Here are our handicapper's picks for what horses to bet in the Preakness [Baltimore Sun]

11. Dance City gets another handicapper's nod for the Preakness [USA Today]

12. If you're watching from home, there will be more Preakness than ever this year on TV [Z on TV]

13. The Orioles roster is still in flux [Orioles Insider]

14. Talking about Zach Britton [Camden Chat]


15. Peter Gammons thinks Jorge Posada could wind up with the Orioles if the Yankees let him go [WEEI]

16. Is the NFL lockout slowing down Joe Flacco's progress? []

17. Was Marc Bulger shell-shocked in St. Louis? [101 Sports]

18. Dork alert: The franchise mode in the next "Madden" game is going to be ridiculous [ESPN]

19. Here's a transcript of that recent Gary Williams radio interview [Sports Radio Interviews]

20. Josh Selby and Jordan Williams took their first steps toward their NBA dreams [Tribune]


21. Don't trade Mike Green [Japers' Rink]

You said it:

Sixty percent of you think the Orioles should trade Michael Gonzalez for a case of Big League Chew

Video of the morning: 

Kevin Durant makes a poster out of Brendan Haywood

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