Coffee Companion -- 7/27: O's crush Jays, Yanda re-signs

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 Ravens struck a deal with Marshal Yanda, agreeing Tuesday afternoon to a five-year deal with the coveted offensive lineman that is believed to average a little more than $6 million per season. ... With Yanda locked up, the Ravens' focus now turns to re-signing cornerback Josh Wilson. ... Domonique Foxworth is ready to get back on the field. ... The Orioles pounded out four home runs en route to a rare win in Toronto. ... Vladimir Guerrero was activated from the disabled list. Can he salvage his season?

Hitting the links:


1. Peter Schmuck says the Ravens will miss the leadership of Todd Heap and Derrick Mason [Baltimore Sun]

2. Did the Ravens cut those players so they could make a run at Nnamdi Asomugha? [CBS Sports]

3. How did the cuts affect local sporting goods stores? [ABC2]

4. Domonique Foxworth is worried about his job [CSN Baltimore]

5. The Ravens play into a couple offseason storylines [SI]

6. Jared Gaither to the Raiders? [Ravens Insider]

7. Dawan Landry to the Jaguars? [Ravens Insider]

8. Marc Bulger to the Cardinals? [Ravens Insider]


9. How ready are the Ravens? [ESPN]

10. Ed Dickson is a top NFL "prospect" [ESPN]

11. Pick your pump-up song, Ravens fans []

12. What's up with Brian Matusz? [Orioles Insider]

13. The Orioles are still waiting for their young pitching corps to develop []

14. Parting with Jeremy Guthrie won't be easy to do [MASN]


15. Why can't the Orioles stop losing? (Well, they used a different word than losing) [Artie Donovan's Workout Partner]

16. Zach Hample snagged Mike Trout's first home run [LA Times]

You said it:

"Heap's many injuries will likely keep him out of the Hall of Fame, but he's a lock for the Raven's Ring of Honor or whatever they call it. Heap has a ton of football left in hin if he can stay healthy. And I doubt if he wants to go anywhere else. We should work with him on bringing him back." -- reader Fanger pays tribute to Todd Heap, who will be released later this week

Video of the morning: 

Jake Arrieta hit Jose Bautista in the head with a pitch Tuesday night. It sounds like he's OK.


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