Coffee Companion -- 7/5: O's lose, turn to another Atkins

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:


Chris Jakubauskas and Alfredo Simon gave up six runs apiece Monday night as the Orioles were overwhelmed in a 13-4 loss to the Rangers. ... The Orioles will purchase the contract of Mitch Atkins so he can start Tuesday night's game against the Rangers. ... About a year ago, when the Orioles were in Texas before the All-Star Break, manager Buck Showalter was contemplating a return to baseball. ... Matt Wieters was selected to his first career All-Star Game on Sunday, but Adam Jones trails Paul Konerko in voting for the final spot.

Hitting the links:


1. Peter Schmuck hands out superlatives for the first half of Orioles season [Baltimore Sun]

2. What was Showalter smoking the other night? [Camden Chat]

3. Are the Orioles who we thought they were? [Orioles Post]

4. The Ravens placed two players in the top 10 in NFL Network's top 100 players of 2011 [Ravens Insider]

5. The road to the NFL has been bumpy for Ravens wide receiver Tandon Doss [Baltimore Sun]

6. Matt Birk might have been the NFL's best center last season [Pro Football Focus]

7. Jamison Hensley started releasing his all-Ravens team, and he began with the defensive line [Ravens Insider]

8. Ben Roethlisberger still has the edge over Joe Flacco in most categories [CSN Baltimore]


9. Talking about the Ravens offseason with local writers [Baltimore Sports and Life]

10. Anquan Boldin's brother is in the CFL [Toronto Sun]

11. New coach Pat Skerry has quickly remade Towson's basketball roster [Baltimore Sun]

12. Here's a Q&A with Skerry [Recruiting Report]

13. A flurry of moves in Capsville [On Frozen Blog]

14. The Capitals got quite the haul for Semyon Varlamov, who was traded to the Avalanche on Friday [Capitals Insider]


15. Tomas Vokoun, who wasn't promised a starting gig in D.C., just wants to win [Russian Machine Never Breaks]

You said it:

"Congrats to Joe and Mrs. Joe. Let's hope it does not translate to the field in the manner of Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson." -- reader Fanger wishes the best for the Flacco family

Video of the morning: 

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