Ray Ratto

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The A's are what we thought they were: a team with great pitching and little-to-no hitting. If the A's can't find the bats to contend, Ray Ratto thinks the least they can do is start a new public rift to keep the masses happy.

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Without Buster Posey, managing the Giants just became a much more difficult proposition, but the creativity that's required of Bruce Bochy makes the team more fascinating to follow.

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We know what youre thinking. Fire the general manager. No, fire the coach. No, trade the following players who have offended me. Not so fast, puck-heads, writes Insider Ray Ratto.

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The Canucks had been the better team throughout the series, but San Jose, playing wiuth an injured captain Joe Thornton, held its own through 90-plus minutes before Bieksa's drive snuck past Niemi's left skate.

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Following the Sharks' morning skate prior to tonight's Game 5 in Vancouver, it's now clear that nothing is clear as it pertains to San Jose's health.

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With the Stanley Cup Western Conference Final hanging by the tape of the stick blade, here are some things you havent thought of -- mostly because nobody in their right mind would.

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The unsaid truth here is that San Joses future Tuesday is going to hinge not on the breadth of Thorntons back, but on the support staff that hasnt been very supportive in this series.

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With the Stanley Cup Western Conference Final hanging by the tape of the stick blade, here are some things you havent thought of -- mostly because nobody in their right mind would.

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In a game so bizarre that it defies satisfying analysis, the Sharks eliminated themselves early by defiling five consecutive power play opportunities.

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With the Stanley Cup Western Conference Final extended until at least Tuesday, here are some things you havent thought of mostly because nobody in their right mind would.

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Todd McLellan held a full practice Saturday, hoping to reset his team's mentally and carry on as if hope is all but lost because, as Ray Ratto explains, that is when the Sharks are at their best.

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With the Stanley Cup Western Conference Final extended until at least Tuesday, here are some things you havent thought of mostly because nobody in their right mind would.

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It seems so easy for the Sharks to play with the Vancouver Canucks -- once you see them actually do it. They redefined this series by showing their best, and how it could negate the Canucks best.

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The Sharks need to view and play Friday's Game 3 vs. Vancouver as if it were a Game 7, says Ray Ratto.

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Two of San Joses most important players, Joe Pavelski and Ryane Clowe, have struggled so far in this series, on the forecheck, in neutral ice and offensively. And because they have struggled, their linemates have struggled as well.

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