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Coffee Companion -- 4/12

Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'll hook you up with some 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:

An MRI taken Monday on Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy revealed a left oblique strain. He will likely be sidelined for two to three weeks. ... Ravens offensive line coach Andy Moeller was sentenced to two years of probation after being found guilty of driving while impaired by alcohol. ... Maryland football coach Randy Edsall said C.J. Brown is pushing Danny O'Brien at quarterback. ... The Capitals on Monday announced plans for the Baltimore Hockey Classic, a preseason game at 1st Mariner Arena in September.

Hitting the links:

1. Matt Wieters' value comes in areas not easily tracked [Baltimore Sun]

2. Here are some Orioles observations on Zach Britton, Jake Fox and Manny Machado [Orioles Insider]

3. Revisiting Erik Bedard [The Loss Column]

4. The Orioles get a breather [The Schmuck Stops Here]

5. Looking at the Orioles' center field depth in the minors [MASN]

6. The Orioles have shown early promise [CSN Baltimore]

7. Terrell Suggs -- aka LeTron -- is avoiding weight gain during the lockout by playing hoops [Baltimore Sun]

8. Suggs is also staying busy by working with his production company [National Football Post]

9. Peter King is concerned about Joe Flacco's future with the Ravens [SI]

10. Derrick Mason gives Joe Flacco a vote of confidence [Sports Radio Interviews]

11. Ray Lewis explained his "dominance" to NFL Network [Ravens Insider]

12. Ravens punter Sam Koch is the most underrated player in the AFC North [ESPN]

13. Sizing up the New York Rangers, who the Capitals play in the first round [Capitals Insider]

14. Jason Arnott didn't know how much Alex Ovechkin wanted to win [D.C. Sports Bog]

You said it:

"I say no to Holmes. Too many issues. Besides, even if he signed with the Ravens, [Cam] Cameron would find a way to make him invisible, a non-factor." -- reader thegolfer thinks the Ravens should steer clear of Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes if he hits free agency after the lockout

Video of the morning: 

Check out Alex Ovechkin's new Capital One commercial. It's not too shabby.

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