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: 

Free Kobayashi!

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