Ray Ratto

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With 10 years as an Oakland Athletic under his belt, Mark Ellis likes what he sees in the 2011 A's. Does he know enough about expectations to judge? Our Senior Insider explains.

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Dave Righetti didn't need to hear about Adam Wainwright and Vicente Padilla's early Spring injuries to take a conservative approach, he knows "too much pitching" is an oxymoron.

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Brian Wilson hasn't done anything wrong ... yet. But as soon as he blows his first save, be forewarned, his off-field antics and tabloid tales will be ammo for frustrated fans.

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Hank Steinbrenner wants to reevaluate MLB's revenue sharing. That would mean less money for the A's, who are enjoying a big-market feel at camp.

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"It's all about points," Todd McLellan said. It better be, because the Sharks recent tear hasn't been about pretty hockey, but will their new grind-it-out style land them in the playoffs?

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The Sharks have discovered what they are truly good at, and have played their tails to the coccyx. but look closer. There's a problem.

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Albert Pujols says he doesn't want his contract talks to be a distraction after Wednesday. He is delusional.

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Somewhere, there is a tortured link between Billy Beane deciding to make a pitching staff with nine relief pitchers and closer Carlos Marmol just getting a three-year contract from the Chicago Cubs.

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We all know about DeMarcus Cousins' upside. But at some point, all his behavioral issues will start to trump his potential, leaving Sacramento with a tough decision.

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Credit AD Sandy Barbour with a glorious short-term solution. But only that. The harder questions about the large athletic programs remain deferred in Berkeley.

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The Sharks have figured out who they are, and how they have to play to win. But we are entering slaughterhouse time, and GM Doug Wilson has his work cut out.

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The Super Bowl was a spectacular failure on all but football grounds, and there is a lesson for the baseball Giants, if they are prepared to absorb and act upon it.

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Pablo Sandoval arrived in San Francisco for Giants Media Day and his slimmer frame became the side story once he revealed that he has been talking with Barry Bonds.

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Unlike the other big sports, there are not enough spots to fit all the NBA All-Star-worthies. So bet on the system changing, and you can thank Kevin Love.

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National Signing Day is like an exercise in screw-your-buddy, and the consensus is that Cal's Jeff Tedford seems to have done the screwing this year.

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