Each morning, Monday through Friday, we'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.  

** The Ravens will officially open training camp Thursday with fewer uncertainties than just a few weeks ago. Safety Ed Reed reported to camp today.

** Sun columnist Peter Schmuck writes that Ravens linebackers Courtney Upshaw and Paul Kruger must seize the opportunity to make an impact in Terrell Suggs' absence.

** Violet Roberta Ripken, mother of Cal Ripken Jr. and Billy Ripken, was reported missing early Wednesday morning, but she returned safely home an hour later.

** Shortstop Hanley Ramirez, named Tuesday as a possible trade target for the Orioles, was traded early Wednesday morning to the Dodgers.

** The Orioles dropped the series opener to the Rays, 3-1.

** A balk call and a homer was Orioles starterWei-Yin Chen’s undoing against the Rays.

** Former Terps football coach Ralph Friedgen released a statement urging the football program to move forward, and then talked about his past.

Best of the local blogs

** Baltimore Gridiron Report looks at the Ravens’ potential positional battles in training camp. This time, the wide receivers.

** Baltimore Beat Down looks at the Ravens’ quarterbacks, injured players and rookies who reported to the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills on Tuesday.

** Camden Depot explores how the Orioles can turn Wilson Betemit and Mark Reynolds into Albert Pujols. Seriously.

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