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Ruthless Rewind (7/16): Orioles, Ravens and more

In case you've never seen the Ruthless Rewind before — I'm guessing you haven't — it's a recap of the week in Baltimore sports that runs in b every Friday. It will also be a Friday morning staple here, but technically, it's only ruthless when I don't get enough coffee in my system.

Here's what went down this week:

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[1] Citing safety concerns, the Ravens will allow only children ages 6 through 15 to beg their favorite players for autographs during training camp. The rule change irked adult fans who get all giddy like little kids when meeting Ravens at camp — and who get even giddier when they pawn the autographed items on eBay.

[2] Maryland officials are talking with Texas about the possibility of the Terps and Longhorns playing a home-and-home football series. I can understand why the Terps would want the draw from taking on one of the NCAA's premier programs. But what would Texas get out of this besides an easy win against an FBS cupcake?

[3] Orioles infielder Ty Wigginton made a brief appearance in Tuesday's All-Star Game, playing third base for an inning in the NL's 3-1 win. Fans were bummed out that AL manager Joe Girardi pinch hit for Wiggy, but it was the right move with home-field advantage in the World Series on the line. Wiggy is hitting .196 in July.

[4] Despite numerous reports claiming his dismissal was imminent, it looks like Juan Samuel will manage the O's this weekend. The Orioles are 14-20 under Samuel — which for them is like having a .700 winning percentage. It would be a big upset if he's named full-time manager, but at least he's prolonging his stay.

[5] The Orioles are 10-9 when Craig Tatum is behind the plate, and 19-50 when Matt Wieters is the catcher. Yikes. That not-so-fun fact backs up the claim that Wieters isn't just struggling in the batter's box, but also is having a tough time handling the Orioles' pitching staff. We shouldn't jump to conclusions, but you have to admit that stat is alarming. (Note: Wieters is headed to the 15-day DL, if you haven't heard.)

[6] Legendary Yankees owner George Steinbrenner {SI cover photo, above, from AP} passed away Tuesday. O's owner Peter Angelos said: "His name is as synonymous with that franchise as any of the legendary athletes who have played in pinstripes." True. That got me thinking about what Angelos' name is synonymous with. I say mesothelioma, but I suspect fans have different answers ...

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