Coffee Companion -- 4/22

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:

Jeremy Guthrie allowed two runs in seven innings, but the offense let him down as the Orioles lost to Twins last night. ... Brian Matusz is getting healthier, but he is unsure of his return date. ... Luke Scott stands by his controversial comments about President Barack Obama. ... Road projects tied to the Baltimore Grand Prix have created a traffic nightmare downtown.

Hitting the links:

1. Jim Palmer: Orioles starter Zach Britton knows he has to work at refining his craft [MASN]

2. Keep this quiet, but Matt Wieters is starting to hit [CSN Baltimore]

3. How can the Orioles improve? [The Loss Column]

4. Losing streaks are nothing new for Buck Showalter [Roar From 34]

5. Who is Baltimore's most nerve-wracking athlete to watch? How about all-time? [Orioles Insider]

6. Seeking toughness, the Ravens look to build through overlooked offensive linemen [Baltimore Sun]

7. Brian Billick: Coaches risk their careers on first-round quarterbacks [FOX Sports]

8. Ravens coach John Harbaugh got booed by Capitals fans at a recent game [Ravens Insider]

9. Alex Ovechkin is growing a playoff goatee [D.C. Sports Bog]

10. Discussing Maryland basketball after a disappointing season [Testudo Times]

11. Pat Skerry has a tall task at Towson [The Toy Department]

12. Kriss Proctor ends the spring as Navy's unquestioned starter at quarterback [Baltimore Sun]

You said it:

"If Obama shows his birth certificate (again), will you show Baltimore that you can actually hit the ball sometimes?" -- reader RyanDumas would appreciate it if Luke Scott started producing

Video of the morning: 

Here's a mascot going all Ray Lewis and jacking up some kindergarten students [hat tip to Hot Clicks]

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