A's select RHP Gray with No. 18 pick in MLB Draft

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A's select RHP Gray with No. 18 pick in MLB Draft

June 6, 2011

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Paul Gutierrez
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Player: Sonny Gray
Position: Pitcher
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 200
Throws: Rt Bats: Rt.
School: Vanderbilt
Round: 1st, 18th pick
Notable: Starred in "High School Musical" in high school.

Scouts Take: "He's a bulldog-type of guy who was a championship quarterback in high school and has played on the USA national team. He's got a complete mix of 'stuff' with a power fastball. He's a competitor with agood arm who goes out and wins. The stigma is that he's a 5-11 righty." - New York Mets scout Shooty Babitt.

Insiders Take: With his somewhat small build and array of power pitches, he might remind A's fans of former Oakland hurlers Huston Street and Tim Hudson. He also stays in line with general manager Billy Beane's trend of drafting college players in the first round as he has not drafted a high schooler in the first round since Jeremy Bonderman in 2001. The A's minor league system needs replenishing in the pitching department. He was 11-3 with a 2.01 ERA, a .192 opponents batting average in 16 starts this season, with 115 strikeouts in 107 23 innings. He was previously drafted in the 27th round of the 2008 draft by the Chicago Cubs.

Raiders owner Mark Davis: Oakland will always be part of our DNA

Raiders owner Mark Davis: Oakland will always be part of our DNA

The Oakland Raiders received conditional approval from the National Football League to relocate the franchise to Las Vegas, Nevada.

Shortly thereafter, owner Mark Davis issued the following statement:

“My father always said, ‘the greatness of the Raiders is in its future,’ and the opportunity to build a world-class stadium in the entertainment capital of the world is a significant step toward achieving that greatness. I would like to thank Commissioner Goodell, the National Football League and my 31 partners. I would also like to thank Governor Brian Sandoval and the Nevada Legislature for their commitment. Finally, I would like to thank Sheldon Adelson for his vision and leadership, without which this project never would have become a reality.

[RATTO: Raiders fans got remarkably little bang for their bucks, or for their hearts]

“The Raiders were born in Oakland and Oakland will always be part of our DNA. We know that some fans will be disappointed and even angry, but we hope that they do not direct that frustration to the players, coaches and staff. We plan to play at the Coliseum in 2017 and 2018, and hope to stay there as the Oakland Raiders until the new stadium opens. We would love nothing more than to bring a championship back to the Bay Area.”

The only owner who voted against the move was Miami's Stephen Ross, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Oakland Raiders media services contributed to this story

Sharks' Vlasic back at practice; Haley awaits punishment

Sharks' Vlasic back at practice; Haley awaits punishment

SAN JOSE – Marc-Edouard Vlasic returned to practice on Monday after missing two of the Sharks’ four games on their recently completed road trip.

Vlasic did not play in Tuesday’s game in Minnesota or Saturday’s game in Nashville with the flu, and was spotted walking with a slight limp after Friday’s game in Dallas when he took just one shift in the third period before departing.

Not surprisingly, center Logan Couture was missing after he took a deflected puck to the mouth on Saturday in Nashville and will miss some time, although the team has yet to update his condition.

Joe Thornton was also not at practice, although he was likely taking a maintenance day. Micheel Haley skated as a placeholder on his line with Jannik Hansen and Joe Pavelski.

With Couture out, Patrick Marleau centered a line with Melker Karlsson and Mikkel Boedker. Chris Tierney was between Joonas Donskoi and Timo Meier, while Tomas Hertl skated with Marcus Sorensen and Joel Ward.

Haley was set to have a hearing with the NHL’s department of player safety on Monday for what the league called a “sucker punch” of Nashville’s Calle Jarnkrok on Saturday. News of his punishment is expected later in the day.