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]
7. Jamison Hensley started releasing his all-Ravens team, and he began with the defensive line [Ravens Insider]
9. Talking about the Ravens offseason with local writers [Baltimore Sports and Life]
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]
Video of the morning:
Send me your funny and/or interesting links, photos, YouTube videos, blogs, Tweets, comments, emails, ideas, etc. If I deem them to be worthy for the blog, I’ll give you a plug. You can reach me at Matt.Vensel@baltsun.com and twitter.com/mattvensel.