Dalton Johnson’s Work for April, 2016

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Working for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, my posts here on Life’s A Ball are minimal, but my writing is not. As a Web Producer I am editing our expert reporters’ work for each Bay Area team and putting together the total package for the website. But, I am also writing Staff Reports without a byline. At the beginning of each month I will post all of the previous month’s Staff Reports that I wrote for CSN Bay Area for you to look back at. Below is my work from the month of April, 2016:

How MLB’s top offseason signings pitched in spring training

There are plenty of reasons for baseball fans to be smiling right now. A new season is here as 30 teams have their sights set on October, already in April.
In the offseason, teams continued to lure in some of the most sought after arms in the game, with mountains of money. The Giants alone spent $220 million on two starting pitchers — Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija — after they missed last season’s playoffs with hope of more even-year magic.
Before Friday’s contest against the Dodgers, Madison Bumgarner received his second straight Silver Slugger award as the best hitting pitcher in the National League. On Saturday, he showed he’s aiming for a three-peat.
Barry Bonds believes he will remain the all-time home run leader in baseball history with Father Time chasing out Alex Rodriguez before the Yankees’ DH calls it a career.
The Sacramento Kings, who finished the 2015-16 season with a 33-49 record, won their tiebreaker with the Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks through coin flip on Friday.

The Seahawks are looking at the past to improve their secondary. Seattle has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with cornerback Brandon Browner, according to national reports.

A reunion in Seattle forms the original “Legion of Boom” secondary consisting of Browner, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, and Kam Chancellor.

Giants RHP Kontos has flexor strain, expected to go on DL

The Giants saw their bullpen crumble Monday night, losing to the Diamondbacks, 9-7, in 11 innings.

And, they couldn’t use one of their most reliable arms, George Kontos.

Bonds thanks Giants fans for ‘warm welcome back home’

Barry Bonds returned to AT&T Park Friday with orange and black on his hat and jersey as he donned his No. 25 on his back.

Lakers part ways with head coach Byron Scott

The Los Angeles Lakers have parted ways with head coach Byron Scott, the team announced in a press release Sunday night.

Instead of picking up Scott’s options for his last two years on his contract, the Lakers decided to dismiss him of his coaching duties.

Giants prospect Williamson slugs seven RBI for River Cats

Giants prospect Mac Williamson has gone hitless in the major leagues this season, in only three at-bats. But on Sunday, he showed his potential value to San Francisco’s lineup with a monster game for the Sacramento River Cats in Triple-A.

Cal forward Rabb passes NBA, returns for sophomore season

Cal Bears freshman forward Ivan Rabb has decided to pass on this year’s NBA Draft and return to school for his sophomore season.

Giants minor league SS suspended 100 games for drug of abuse

Giants minor league shortstop Travious Relaford was suspended 100 games without pay Monday for a third positive test for a drug of abuse.

Report: Kings to interview Patrick Ewing for head coaching job

The Kings are continuing their search for a new head coach after letting go of George Karl. And Sacramento’s front office has reportedly added a Hall of Fame big man to their list of candidates.

 

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