Coffee Companion (8/15): O's win and a Lee Evans roundup

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:


Ravens coach John Harbaugh isn't a fan of the new kickoff rule that has led to an increase in touchbacks around the NFL. ... Marshal Yanda has missed the two practices following the preseason opener with back spasms, so the Ravens shuffled Oniel Cousins to Yanda's spot at right guard. ... The Ravens hope Sergio Kindle's debut on Thursday night was a sign of things to come. ... Jo-Jo Reyes pitched six surprisingly strong innings Sunday and the Orioles strung together 14 hits to defeat the Tigers, 8-5, at Camden Yards. ... Orioles starter Jake Arrieta said he was a little relieved when he found out his elbow surgery went well. ... Joe Jordan believes the Orioles will sign top pick Dylan Bundy before Monday night's midnight deadline.

Hitting the links:


1. Finally out of Buffalo, Lee Evans has his sights on a deep playoff run in Baltimore [Baltimore Sun]

2. Evans' speed is what the Ravens need [CSN Baltimore]

3. The Ravens were smart to land Lee Evans [ESPN]

4. Peter King thinks it was "a great deal" [SI]

5. Evans will allow young receivers to develop [Ravens Insider]

6. Buffalo players were in shock after Evans got traded to Baltimore [Buffalo News]

7. The Bills trading Lee Evans makes no sense [Democrat and Chronicle]

8. The Lee Evans trade has fantasy football implications [ESPN]


9. The Ravens are working on an aggressive offensive makeover [Sports Xchange]

10. How will the Ravens fix their offensive line? [CSN Baltimore]

11. John Harbaugh isn't the only one who doesn't like the new kickoff rule []

12. Cary Williams ran with the first-team defense [Ravens Insider]

13. A Ravens fan calls out his overreacting peers [B-more Birds' Nest]

14. Our good friend Graham Gano outkicked Shayne Graham for the Redskins kicking job [AP]


15. Kevin Van Valkenburg tracked down the kid who caught those home runs at Camden Yards [Baltimore Sun]

16. Are the Diamondbacks in first place because they traded Mark Reynolds to the Orioles? [ESPN]

17. Did the Orioles learn their lesson after signing Vladimir Guerrero and Derrek Lee? [The Loss Column]

18. All Bundy, all the time [Orioles Insider]

19. Is Brad Bergesen better off in the Orioles bullpen? [MASN]

20. Will Alex Ovechkin have an Ovechkin-like season in 2011-12? [Russian Machine Never Breaks]


Video of the morning:

Sadly, this was the highlight of Tiger Woods' weekend at the PGA Championship [via Deadspin]

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