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Power ranking the best in Baltimore sports this week

By Matt Vensel

The Baltimore Sun

10:00 AM EDT, March 25, 2013

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Every Monday, Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will rank the most significant athletes and events in Baltimore sports that week based on accomplishments on and off the field. Because, well, why not?

The big story last week was a not-so-satisfactory resolution to the scheduling conflict between the Ravens and Orioles, but there was some positive news for Ravens fans, as well as Terps fans and a notable Hopkins grad.

THE BOTTOM TWO

100. The Orioles and Ravens: There were no winners in their scheduling conflict. The NFL and the Super Bowl champions were unable to reach an agreement with the Orioles and MLB that allowed them to open the season at M&T Bank Stadium on Sept. 5. And while the Orioles will get to keep their night game at Camden Yards, they took a hit in the court of public opinion.

99. Zach Britton: By all accounts, the 25-year-old lefty had a solid spring training camp in Sarasota. But after allowing five runs on seven hits in 1 2/3 innings last Wednesday, he fell out of running for a spot in the O's rotation and was assigned to Triple-A Norfolk.

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THE TOP FIVE

5. Steve Pearce: Pearce continues to make his push for one of the final spots on the Orioles' Opening Day roster. The 29-year-old hit another home run Sunday. It was his sixth of the spring and his third in his past seven games. In 37 spring at-bats, Pearce is batting .379 with six homers and 15 runs batted in.

4. Ed Reed: The now-former Ravens safety experienced some fan backlash when he signed with the Houston Texans last week, but he thanked his supporters with the full-page ad he took out in The Sun on Sunday. It was a classy way for Reed -- who was sometimes, we'll say, misunderstood -- to say goodbye.

3. Maryland men’s basketball: Maryland is making the most of its invitation to the NIT. The Terps took care of Niagara and Denver at home last week. On Tuesday, they travel to Alabama for the tournament quarterfinals. Can they keep this run going?

2. Andy Enfield: Enfield, a Johns Hopkins graduate, spent the weekend getting his Florida Gulf Coast men’s hoops team fitted for glass slippers. FGCU knocked off second-seeded Georgetown and then San Diego State to advance to the Sweet 16. With his Eagles playing the role of lovable Cinderella, Enfield is now getting buzz as a potential candidate for vacant positions elsewhere.

1. Ravens pass rush: After saying goodbye to a slew of starters, particularly on defense, the Ravens made a splash Sunday by agreeing to terms with former Denver Broncos pass rusher Elvis Dumervil. He will be paired with a healthy Terrell Suggs to give the Ravens, on paper, one of the league’s top pass-rushing duos. With those two rendezvousing at the quarterback, the Ravens should be able to improve on their 37 sacks from a season ago.