Ray Ratto

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Klay Thompson was a classic No. 11 Rolling Stones pick -- you cant always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you get what you need.

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Draft day will reveal if the Sharks are planning a big change or standing pat with the squad they have, but if Thursday is any indication, it's going to be an exciting draft.

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After a few false rumors to get the blood going, the Sharks news of the day ended up being a new three-year deal for Devin Setoguchi. Money details are pending, and the Sharks will be holding a conference call at 4 p.m. to confirm.

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Bobby Rowell is gone, and skeptical fans who enjoyed using him as a goat well worth scaping will now have to find other targets, or decide that this was a positive move in and of itself.

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The hard reality for the A's and their fans is this: No other city to move to, no new stadium awaiting them down the 880, nothing but the right here.

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After one more painful offensive performance in a sweep-clinching loss to the A's, the Giants have all day Monday to consider whether this is just a hideous slump, or if this is actually who they are.

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Bob Melvin is still trying to figure the A's out. Hes got three weeks, tops. Billy Beane is on Line 1, and the Diamondbacks wont be texting him much after this weekend. Its lonely at the top of the bottom.

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Two years after Charlie Manuel selected Shane Victorino over Pablo Sandoval, Senior Insider Ray Ratto surveys the All-Star landscape and foresees difficulty for Bochy bringing his guys to the desert.

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Their seasons are going in separate directions and Ray Ratto suggests it would be healthy for Bob Melvin's A's to sweep Bruce Bochy's Giants. Are you outraged by that suggestion? Delighted?

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The Sharks are not the best team in the NHL. They are good, but not good enough, which is why Senior Insider Ray Ratto believes they need to put the metal to the ice -- and not let up -- beginning July 1.

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If 2010 was The Year Nothing Went Wrong on both sides of the Bay, 2011 is The Year Of Duck! Watch Your Step! Uh-oh! Medic! Last year The Reaper was LeBron James in the fourth quarter. This year, It hasnt missed an inning

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Hearing Billy Beanes conference call, one could detect rare irritation in his voice and short, clipped answers in his responses. Why did Bob Geren get fired? The speculation outweighs the answers.

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Bob Geren was living a manager's nightmare; he had become the face of a failure, a team that couldn't hit, couldn't field and was rapidly becoming a team that couldn't pitch either.

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The anniversary of the vote that was supposed to usher in a new stadium has arrived with little more than fanfare, prompting questions from Ray Ratto. Namely, where's the money ... where are the shovels?

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With Jim Tressel the latest example of coaches' turpitude and moral breaches, be thankful Stanford's David Shaw, SJSU's Mike MacIntyre and Cal's Jeff Tedford have yet to fumble their credibility.

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