Ray Ratto

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Prior to Monday night's game, Barry Zito to the DL was the buzz at AT&T Park. However, Ray Ratto asserts that he is a mere afterthought as the Giants try to outlast the D'Backs and win the NL West.

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The accountants are high-fiving, but that's not what makes the Brent Burns deal a good one. The larger point is whether Burns will deliver what the Sharks require -- a tough presence.

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Brian Sabean deserves credit, and he will get it. More nationally than locally, to be sure, but even the "lunatic fringe" and the "firesabean.com" crowd will have to applaud.

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The problem is that they had a chance to shut up about the hardships they were not enduring, and chose instead to act like the general in the rear pretending to lead his troops into battle.

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The 49ers' new head coach has stood behind Alex Smith throughout the NFL lockout. But with new options now available, such as Matt Hasselbeck and Carson Palmer, Harbaugh's resolve will be tested.

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Let us consider for a moment the apparent acquisition of quarterback Kevin Kolb by the Arizona Cardinals and how it would shake up the NFC West.

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With the MLB trade deadline approaching and the NFL lockout about to end, the sports-loving rank and file have plenty of distractions from work this week. Enjoy.

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While the latest comments from the 49ers and Raiders are interesting, writes Ray Ratto, it's 1.2 billion in a state thats flat broke that will get you a stadium. Come back when youve got the money done.

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The countdown is ticking -- it's less than a fortnight until the World Championship Baby is born. As the due date approaches, Senior Insider Ray Ratto offers important advice for the soon-to-be publicly lauded parents.

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The A's are in dire need of a post All-Star break lift. An honest-to-goodness old-fashioned doubleheader against the Angels is a start, whether Oakland can manager more than a split or not.

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If David Kahn hires Don Nelson, it will make Minneapolis the What-The-Hell capital of the world, wresting the crown from wherever James Harrison happens to be today.

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What are the keys for San Francisco in the second half? In order of importance, here's what the Giants are going to need between now and the final table.

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The first half of 2011 has led us to the inescapable conclusion that, manager old or manager new, these are the Oakland As --- neither sellers nor buyers as the season shifts into trade rumor mode.

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Ray Ratto believes there's no such thing as an All-Star snub anymore.

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With the Mets' Jose Reyes on the DL and Carlos Beltran tormenting Giants pitching, our Senior Insider explains the shift in interest following a loss that can only be the fault of broadcasters Al Michaels and Bob Costas.

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