Ray Ratto

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But this is the trial of the century, kinda sorta, in that it has taken so long to get to this point and involves one of the three to five greatest players in the history of baseball, performance-enhancing drugs aside.

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Sandy Simpson began the transition to civilian life about three minutes before he was technically supposed to. Then again, the game owed him three minutes, and damn it, what better time to collect?

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The Sharks eked out another one-goal win Thursday, reminding anyone who follows them that they are either the hardiest, most obstinate or plain luckiest playoff team there is.

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The relentless sameness of Stanford womens basketball has, to some extent, hid Tara VanDerveer's genius. This year, with the rest of Bay Area sports quiet, she has a chance to step out of the shadows.

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If the big kids on the college basketball block arent going to invite you to their party, go out and make a bunch of your own.

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If Coco Crisp can leave his off-field issue off the field, he might just be able to be that special player for that special team he says he wants to be.

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Andrew Baileys return gets the As closer to having their full bullpen complement, and As fans have been wanting to see it in full wingspan and plumage after the offseason hype.

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Barry Zito enhanced his chance of keeping the job he was never in any true danger of losing. It wont ever be quiet for him, but for the foreseeable future, it will be safe.

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The A's need backup infielders and Andy LaRoche's ability to play shortstop enhances his opportunity to make the roster out of camp. Hitting 415-foot homers doesn't hurt, either.

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Dave Roberts, who has one of the most memorable stolen bases in MLB history and finished his career as a Giant, has fought back from cancer to return to the diamond, now as the first base coach for the Padres.

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After an atrocious showing against the Rangers in the 2010 World Series, Pat the Bat showed up Monday in the Giants' spring win, making the outfield logjam a bit more interesting.

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The Giants have determined Buster Posey's 2011 salary. But what they do with him as he hits arbitration and eventually free agency will be a story to watch.

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How can anyone legitimately decide between a nuclear powered weight room with platinum elliptical machines and a functioning school?

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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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