Coffee Companion for July 25, 2012

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.