Dalton Johnson’s Work for June, 2016


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 June, 2016:

Lincecum begins road back to majors with first Triple-A start

The road back to the big leagues has begun for Tim Lincecum.

Toeing the rubber just 40 miles southwest of his Bellevue, Washington hometown, Lincecum sported No. 24 for the Los Angeles Angels’ Triple-A affiliate, the Salt Lake Bees on Thursday. The two-time Cy Young Award winner returned to action for the first time in almost a year. Lincecum last pitched in a game on June 27, 2015 for the San Francisco Giants.

Dodgers place outfielder Yasiel Puig on 15-day DL

The Giants have their own hamstring issues with Hunter Pence and Angel Pagan on the 15-day DL, both nursing hamstring injuries.

Pence is likely to miss two months after his MRI revealed he completely tore his right hamstring off the bone. The Giants are leaning towards Pence having surgery, CSN Bay Area‘s Giants Insider Alex Pavlovic has learned.

Now, San Francisco’s rival the Los Angeles Dodgers, have their own hamstring issue on their hands. The club announced Friday night that outfielder Yasiel Puig has been placed on the 15-day DL with a strained left hamstring.

Dodgers rookie Seager in Bonds territory with homers vs Braves

Not often is a 22-year-old rookie in the same sentence as Barry Bonds with the amount of home runs he has hit. That, however, is just the case with the power display Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager just put on the Braves in a three-game sweep.

Seager, connecting on two homers Sunday, became the first player to hit at least five home runs in a series vs. the Braves since Barry Bonds did so with the Giants in 2001, tweets MLB.com‘s Braves reporter Mark Bowman.

Dodgers’ Pederson pushes for Bumgarner in Home Run Derby

Before the Giants took on the Cardinals in their series finale Sunday in St. Louis, fans witnessed a power display during batting practice they’re sure to remember. One of the Giants’ biggest sluggers put on a show launching balls into the left field bleachers of New Busch Stadium.

Only it was starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner putting on the show instead of Buster Posey or any other of San Francisco’s power bats.

Report: Draymond ‘would love to play’ for Team USA in Olympics

In the midst of a chance to repeat as NBA champions, Stephen Curry has opted out of the Rio Olympics, but Warriors forward Draymond Green has other thoughts.

Green, who led the Warriors to a 110-77 victory over the Cavaliers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, expressed his desire to play for Team USA in the Rio OIympics on Monday morning.

Lincecum loses second Triple-A start, strikes out six

In his second minor league start with the Angels’ Triple-A affiliate Salt Lake Bees, Tim Lincecum endured another tough first inning before settling in.

He allowed four runs in the first, but only two were earned as the Bees committed two errors. After that, Lincecum let off the rust and was in command on the hill.

Cavs’ Lue on officiating of LeBron: ‘He never gets calls’

The Cleveland Cavaliers are one loss away from history repeating itself with the Warriors topping them in the NBA Finals. And head coach Tyronn Lue is not happy with how the referees are treating his star player, LeBron James.

Lincecum loses no-hitter in sixth inning vs Fresno Grizzlies

Already with two no-hitters during his nine-year tenure as a Giant, Tim Lincecum carried another one into the sixth inning Sunday night.

Giants agree to terms with INF Tejada on minor league deal

The Giants and infielder Ruben Tejada have agreed to terms on a minor league deal pending a physical, the team announced Monday.

Jose Fernandez: Pitchers ‘should do our own Home Run Derby’

Giants full-time ace and part-time slugger Madison Bumgarner has made it clear hewants to be a part of the Home Run Derby this year.

“I’ll do it for sure,” Bumgarner said last week. “If they ask me to do it, I’ll do it.”

But, he’s not the only pitcher pushing to show off his power. Last year’s NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta recently said on the possibility of Bumgarner being in the Derby, “If he’s in it, I want to be in it.”

LeBron brings trophy to Cleveland in ‘Ultimate Warrior’ shirt

LeBron James and the Cavaliers landed in Cleveland Monday, bringing their city its first professional sports championship in 52 years.

As James walked off the plane with the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy in one arm and the other holding a microphone while screaming for Cavs fans, he was sporting a blue shirt with a very clear message.

Curry thanks Warriors fans for support: ‘We’ll be back’

Stephen Curry’s golden season for the Warriors as the NBA’s first unanimous MVP did not end how he had hoped.

Curry and the Warriors fell on the wrong end of history, becoming the first team to lead the NBA Finals 3-1 and come out on the losing end as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers dethroned the reigning champs. On the biggest stage in Game 7, Curry scored 17 points, going 6 for 19 from the field.

Former Giants top prospect hits snag in Tommy John recovery

Zack Wheeler was once seen as the next Giants top prospect to turn into a star on the mound in San Francisco. At 6-foot-4, the No. 6 pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, certainly looked the part.

Two years later, the Giants shipped Wheeler off to New York in a trade with the Mets to acquire outfielder Carlos Beltran.

Report: Giants have ‘expressed interest’ in Angels INF Escobar

The Giants are shifting between Conor Gillaspie and Ramiro Pena at third base as Matt Duffy heals on the 15-day DL with a strained left Achilles tendon.

With Duffy out at least two weeks, could the Giants look to upgrade at the hot corner?

Report: Warriors among first three teams to land Durant meeting

The Golden State Warriors came up five points short of repeating as NBA champions this season. To even get to the NBA Finals, though, Golden State had to come back from a 3-1 deficit to Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals.

Giants prospects Bickford, Mejia named to Futures Game

The Giants will be represented by two pitchers yet again at this year’s Futures Game on July 10 during All-Star weekend at Petco Park in San Diego.

Kyrie ‘will be throwing’ NBA title in Warriors’ faces on Team USA

Three Warriors — Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson — will be represented for Team USA at the Summer Olympics in Rio. There will be team chemistry between the three on a squad full of NBA stars.

But what about with Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving after the Cavs came back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Warriors in the NBA Finals?


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