Ray Ratto

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Ray Ratto believes there's no such thing as an All-Star snub anymore.

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With the Mets' Jose Reyes on the DL and Carlos Beltran tormenting Giants pitching, our Senior Insider explains the shift in interest following a loss that can only be the fault of broadcasters Al Michaels and Bob Costas.

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Hall of Fame manager Dick Williams, who led the Oakland As to two of their three 1970s World Series championships and led the 1967 Red Sox and 1984 Padres to pennants, died of a brain aneurysm at his home in Las Vegas today. He was 82.

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This season suggests that the Giants know things everyone else doesnt -- again. Why not prove it, Insider Ray Ratto suggests, by standing pat with a mutant offense, too many fifth starters, and holes in interior positions?

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We know that building new stadiums come down to two things: Where the money is, and where the shovels are. The rest of it is trivia.

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At one time Dany Heatley was immovable, but it didn't work in San Jose. Insider Ray Ratto tells us that a window in Heatley's contract allowed GM Doug Wilson to deal the high-priced winger to the Wild.

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We have long taken pride in our ability to match other cities sports owner for sports owner and claim, We Are The Absolute Worst. And for years, we were. No more.

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With the NFL lockout, football news has become a precious commodity in sports journalism. Our Senior Insider Ray Ratto puts the recent team-bonding workouts into perspective. Where are the s'mores?

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The Giants are consistently winning with a top-flight rotation and a league-worst offense. Ray Ratto breaks open the history books to search for any teams that have succeeded with such an unbalanced approach.

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Dont get too happy about L.A.'s latest shame-fest. You get no enjoyment in beating the weakened, you need the rivalry, you know this could be your team in five years, and youd want them to let you up.

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In four of his last five starts, Jonathan Sanchez has walked at least five batters. With Barry Zito starting game 2 of the doubleheader in Chicago next week, what are the Giants going to do with their pitching rotation?

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The Sharks turned heads on draft day when they sent recently-extended Devin Setoguchi to Minnesota for defenseman Brent Burns. Senior Insider Ray Ratto explains there's more to the trade than big names.

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Klay Thompson was a classic No. 11 Rolling Stones pick -- you cant always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you get what you need.

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Draft day will reveal if the Sharks are planning a big change or standing pat with the squad they have, but if Thursday is any indication, it's going to be an exciting draft.

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After a few false rumors to get the blood going, the Sharks news of the day ended up being a new three-year deal for Devin Setoguchi. Money details are pending, and the Sharks will be holding a conference call at 4 p.m. to confirm.

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