Ray Ratto

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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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Leave it to Bruce Bochy to stitch together the aftermath of Game 3. Said the plain-spoken Giants skipper: 'The baseball gods did me a pretty big favor.'

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Our Senior Insider takes his latest crack at the Top 25, which features a new team at the front of the poll and a familiar name at the end.

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Senior Insider Ray Ratto chats with fans about the NLDS, National Television, 49ers and...cologne?

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With the Giants on the verge of a stranglehold over Atlanta, the NLDS was thrust into delicious chaos after Brian Wilson's rare late-inning failure.

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Tim Lincecum's record-setting, white-hot performance vanquished the Braves, erased his August From Hell and set the tone for the rest of October.

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It's not what we know about the Sharks -- Joe Thornton is captain, another Pacific Division title is a good bet. It's the unknown, as in "what will they do in June?"

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