Dalton Johnson’s Work for May, 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 May, 2016:

Source: Kings to interview ex-Cavs head coach Blatt

The Sacramento Kings added Hall of Fame big man Patrick Ewing to their list of head coaching candidates Saturday night. Now, it appears that list has grown yet again one day later.

CSN California has confirmed the Kings will bring in former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt in for an interview early this week.

MRI reveals Grade 1 hamstring strain for Giants’ Pagan

Giants outfielder Angel Pagan has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain in his left hamstring after undergoing an MRI Monday,CSN Bay Area has learned.

Dusty Baker still relying on Kirk Rueter’s luck with Nationals

For seven seasons, Dusty Baker penciled Kirk Rueter’s name in as his starting pitcher of the San Francisco Giants.

The two formed a bond and Rueter put up fantastic numbers for Baker after being traded from the Montreal Expos during the 1996 season for Mark Leiter. In 10 seasons with the Giants, Rueter compiled a record of 105-80 — the most wins by a lefty in San Francisco history — with a 4.32 ERA.

Kerr: Curry ‘not going to play’ in Game 3 vs Blazers

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has ended the guessing game on if Steph Curry will play in Game 3 vs. the Blazers in Portland.

Light The Fire Within: Book Excerpt

The Santa Rosa Junior College Bear Cubs are the No. 1 ranked baseball team in California looking to win their first state championship since 2005. The inspiring force behind the team is Tom Francois, a 74-year-old right-leg amputee, living out his dream.

Raiders issue jersey numbers for 2016 NFL Draft class

The Oakland Raiders selected seven players in the NFL Draft.

On Monday, the rookie class had a busy day to start their career in Silver and Black. The rookies arrived at the team’s facility in Alameda, Calif. for the first time, going through a tour and also receiving their helmets and official jersey numbers for the upcoming season.

Giants recall OF Parker; option Williamson to Triple-A

The Giants recalled outfielder Jarrett Parker on Monday and optioned outfielder Mac Williamson back down to Triple-A Sacramento River Cats in a corresponding move.

Bonds offers advice to Harper after historic spike in walks

Barry Bonds has been there and done that when it comes to team’s being too feared of his bat to even let him get a swing in.

Kerr: At UCLA, Westbrook ‘lost among a lot of good players’

Russell Westbrook only needed two seasons at UCLA before becoming the No. 4 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.

Now a bonafide star in the NBA, Westbrook was more of a mystery than anything else as a Bruin.

Kent’s relationship with Bonds: ‘We weren’t friends’

Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent formed one of the most feared power hitting duos in Giants history for six seasons together. From 1997 to 2002, the two slugged a combined 479 home runs.

While they smashed balls over the fence, the Giants teammates clashed with their personalities.

Best, Hayne among five NFL players pursuing Olympic dreams

Former San Francisco 49ers running back and punt returner Jarryd Hayne saw his NFL career last all but one season.

Hayne retired from the NFL Sunday to pursue his dream of competing in the Olympics for the Fiji Sevens rugby team this summer in Rio de Janeiro. While Hayne looks to complete the highly rare feat, he isn’t alone in former or current NFL players with their eyes on OIympic gold this summer.

Melvin: A’s to place Phegley on DL, recall Hahn, option Surkamp

The A’s began their three-game series with the Rangers Monday, coming out with a 3-1 victory, in rookie Sean Manaea’s first career win in the majors.

Following the win, A’s manager Bob Melvin announced the team will be making three moves to their roster.

Giants’ Romo records win for River Cats in rehab stint

Giants reliever Sergio Romo began his rehab assignment with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats Monday night, taking one step closer in joining his big league teammates.

Giants place Cain on DL; recall RHP Stratton from Triple-A

The Giants placed starting pitcher Matt Cain on the 15-day DL Saturday after exiting Friday’s contest early with a strained right hamstring.

In a corresponding move, the Giants have recalled right-handed pitcher Chris Stratton. The 25-year-old will be making his big league debut when he first steps on the mound for the Giants.

Lincecum throws five innings at extended spring training

For the first time Saturday, Tim Lincecum sported the No. 55 on his back in Angels red and white instead of the orange and black of the Giants.

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