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The disappearance of the Orioles' bats and the return of Koji and the Ravens are noteworthy. But race cars zooming around the Inner Harbor and Tasers?!? That's badass.

[1] The Orioles were swept by the Yankees on Wednesday, but their many slumping hitters got worse news earlier in the day when club prez Andy MacPhail told The Baltimore Sun he's prepared to send them to the minors to learn how to hit again. "I'm not staying with them forever," he said. Adam Jones isn't going anywhere, but Luke Scott (left, photo by The Baltimore Sun) and Nolan Reimold better keep their bags packed.

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[2] The Ravens hold their first mini-camp this weekend, but it's unclear if Ed Reed will be there. The Pro Bowl safety still hasn't said if he's retiring, but team officials said Reed underwent a "procedure" on his hip in the offseason. That makes me think he's playing, but we won't know for sure until we see the bearded ballhawk out on the field.

[3] The Ravens added new artificial turf at M&T Bank Stadium and upgraded video scoreboards to high definition during the offseason. Fans are still waiting for them to add a cornerback, though — at least one not named Frank Walker. You've got to admit that Walker getting toasted would probably look pretty good on those big HD screens, though.

[4] The Orioles sent down reliever Alberto Castillo, paving the way for Koji Uehera to rejoin the team Thursday. Give your nearest friend an awkward high-five to celebrate.

[5] Baltimore is on the verge of bringing an Indy Racing League race to the Inner Harbor in August 2011. Race cars that come close to hitting 200 mph cruising down Pratt Street and taking pits stops at Camden Yards? I mean seriously, how crazy is that? Hey, at least this means they are going to fix all those potholes downtown.

[6] Calvin Borel took down another Kentucky Derby last weekend aboard Super Saver, and boldly predicted that the horse would be the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. At least that's what I think he said. I couldn't tell for sure.

[7] Before bashing the cop who Tasered a 17-year-old fan who ran onto the field during a Phillies game, think about the unsettling scene in 2002 when a father and his teenage son attacked Royals first base coach Tom Gamboa. There is no telling what a fan's intention is when they jump out onto the field. But if they're dumb enough to try to do it, anything is possible.

Matt Vensel is a content creator at b. Follow him on Twitter, @mattvensel.

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