Ray Ratto

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The last time San Francisco was in a World Series, Tsuyoshi Shinjo was the designated hitter. So which 2010 Giant fits the bill for Bruce Bochy? Pablo Sandoval, Aaron Rowand ... Brian Wilson?

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Nobody thought this ... these Giants, this World Series. But the manager was a gambler, the GM shrewd and the roster greater than the sum of its parts. Now buckle in.

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Pennant-clinching NLCS Game 6 was the masterpiece. If the Giants were never to play another 9 innings, the 3-2 victory will be remembered as the game of their era.

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Here are 10 things you need to know about Game 6 of the NLCS. If you do not know them, you will weep. We want you to be happy. OK, moderately informed, anyway.

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Bruce Bochy's take was bloodless and cold, as was the Phils' Game 5 win behind Roy Halladay. Now, it gets interesting for everyone with Orange & Black in their wardrobe.

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San Francisco moved to within a game of the World Series by defying logic, ignoring odds, and authoring a deliciously improbable comeback, courtesy of another set of heroes.

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Matt Cain needs no beard, no rally rag, no speech to get him to his happy place -- or to send the Phillies to a location filled with misery and self-loathing.

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Bruce Bochy announced a significantly different lineup for Game 3, a right-hand-heavy one which had Aaron Rowand in the eighth spot and Edgar Renteria as the new leadoff man.

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After spending most of the season in the doghouse, Aaron Rowand and Pablo Sandoval could become fan favorites by default due to the struggles of Andres Torres and Mike Fontenot.

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Each week, Ray Ratto casts his Associated Press college football Top 25 ballot. Here is this weeks offering, with salient abuse as required.

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For one of the rare times in the last month and a half, San Francisco's bullpen failed. But that's not where you can expect changes -- and there will be changes -- for Game 3.

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In a Game 1 with multiple heroes, or ordinary players doing heros turns, the most important might have been Javier Lopez and his lefty kryptonite.

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While everybody drools over the poster-matchup for the Postseason of the Pitcher, keep in mind that ballpark dimensions, weather trends and general playoff wizardry may not play along.

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A word of warning: If you thought the Braves series wore you down, you ain't seen nothin' yet. Is this a prediction? No, because its too early for cavalier buzzkilling.

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The Giants saluted Braves manager Bobby Cox, then filled the air with bubbly after reaching the NLCS. The Phils series? It won't be so genteel.

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