Ray Ratto

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Brian Wilson pitched in a game Sunday for the first time since ending the 2010 season. It didn't take long for his fastball to return to Mach speed and his mind to manufacture more awe-inspiring postgame quotes.

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The A's and Giants are not that similar unless you can squint and make Pat Burrell like Josh Willingham, but there is one thing that the Bay Area teams can both look towards.

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The Sharks have done what teams in the Bay Area are warned never to do -- take care of the chores first and do pretty later.

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Sharks goalie Antti Niemi has signed a four-year extension, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area has confirmed. He will reportedly receive over 15.2 million over four years.

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The Penner deal actually enhances Los Angeles ability to make the playoffs, but it is hard to project the Kings as superior to Vancouver or Detroit, or even San Jose.

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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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