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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:

The National League won the MLB All-Star Game for the first time since 1996. ... We got a little clarity on the still way-too-unclear Orioles-Showalter situation. ... Love him or hate him, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner passed away. ... The Ravens aren't allowing adults to ask for autographs at training camp.

Los links!!!:

1. In his AFC North camp preview, Peter Schrager says CB Walt Harris could start for Ravens [FOX Sports]

2. The Ravens have the 11th best linebacking corps in the NFL?! [Yahoo!]

3. James Walker says there's a 70 percent chance Demetrius Williams makes the Ravens. John Beck? Forty percent. [ESPN]

4. The Ravens are a "red chip" caliber playoff team, whatever that means [NFL.com]

5. Does Corey Patterson have any trade value? [Camden Crazies]

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6. Baseball America says the O's farm system is in the middle of the pack right now [MASN]

7. The Caps have yet another talented young goalie waiting in the wings in Braden Holtby [Washington Post]

8. Peter Schmuck likes Juan Samuel as a full-time manager -- but not for the O's [Baltimore Sun]

9. Carmelo Anthony to be part of another "Big Three" in NYC? [Baltimore Sports Report]

You said it:

"Naysayers, please get off of the train now. I can't take it anymore. You question every little bit of optimism that is thrown out there by the media. If the O's make a move to improve organizational depth (i.e., Hector Veloz), you question it. When they're on the verge of hiring a stable field boss  (i.e., Buck Showalter) you bash him.

"Just stop now. We don't want you anymore. After thirteen years of losing, it finally looks like McPhail and company have this ship on the verge of being righted. If you want to continue trashing what they have built, get the %$@* off the train. There's a team in D.C. that could use you vitriolic banter." - Scott responding to commentors on yesterday's Cavalry column

Today's water cooler question (your response could be published in b): 

How will you remember George Steinbrenner?

Video of the morning:

Miss the World Cup already? OK, here's some cats playing soccer with less vuvuzela and more goals.

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