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Report: Kings meet with Ryan Anderson

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Report: Kings meet with Ryan Anderson

For Ryan Anderson, Northern Californiais a former home.Anderson was born in Sacramento and attended Oak Ridge HighSchool in El Dorado Hills, winning a CIF state championship his junior year. Hethen stayed local and played in college for Cal.Now after four years in the NBA, Anderson may get a chance to return home.The Kings met with the power forward on Monday, as reportedby the Sacramento Bee. Andersonis a restricted free agent and has played for the Orlando Magic for the pastthree seasons.Kings president of basketball operations Geoff Petrieexplained why there might be interest in the 6-foot, 10-inch forward.His journey to this point is well chronicled, and he'sobviously a very popular player in Northern California,Petrie told the Sacramento Bee. He's an all-around good player and a goodperson.Andersonwas the NBAs Most Improved Player, scoring 16.1 points and grabbing 7.7rebounds for the Magic last season. The biggest contribution Anderson could bring to the Kings might behis shooting from behind the arc. Andersonled the NBA with 166 made three-pointers last season.Sacramentofinished second-to-last in the league last season in three-point shooting witha 31.6 percentage. Andersonwould have led the team, making 39.3 percent of his attempts.As Andersonis a restricted free agent, the Magic would have the opportunity to match anypotential offer from the Kings or any other team.The Kings have their own restricted free agent to focus on,one whose re-signing could make the power forward spot crowded for a possible Anderson addition.Power forward Jason Thompson, who Petrie has said is theKings top priority during free agency, has yet to accept the Kings multiyearoffer.Between Thompson and Thomas Robinson, whom Sacramento selected with the No. 5 pick inthe NBA Draft in June, thats a lot of money potentially committed to powerforwards.The Kings have roughly 15 million dollars in cap room, butthe Sacramento Bee reported 3 million of that is reserved for Robinson withanother 6 million set aside for Thompson.With only 6 million left, Sacramentomight be unable to force Orlando to part wayswith Andersoneven if the Kings decide to commit to him.If signed, the Kings would then face the question of how tobest utilize him. An effective rebounder, Anderson would likely play best atpower forward. But with two other effective power forwards, the Kings might seeif he is athletic enough to play small forward.He was primarily a four (power forward) in Orlando, Petrie told the Sacramento Bee.But he can play some other spots on the perimeter.Would you like to see the Kings make an offer to RyanAnderson? Comment below.

After Stratton leads way in Giants' shutout, what does his future hold?

After Stratton leads way in Giants' shutout, what does his future hold?

SAN FRANCISCO — After the final out Monday night, a round table was carried into the corner of the home clubhouse at AT&T Park and surrounded by chairs. Eleven players were sitting, eating, drinking and laughing as Chris Stratton prepared to address the media. 

It was a rare sight for the Giants these days, a very rare sight. But then, so was Monday’s result. Stratton led the way in a 2-0 win over the Brewers that was the first home shutout of the season and motivated the joyous post-game scene. 

The shutout was just the second of the season for the staff. Ty Blach went the distance in the other one and Stratton, a fellow rookie, did the heavy lifting Monday, throwing six strong innings before giving way to the bullpen. Matt Cain pitched the seventh, Mark Melancon pitched the eighth while going back-to-back for the first time in three months, and Sam Dyson closed it out quickly. 

There’s a chance that Stratton joins that group in a few days. Johnny Cueto is scheduled to make a rehab start on Tuesday night in Sacramento and that could put him on track to return to the rotation a turn later. That would line up with Stratton’s next start, but Bruce Bochy wasn’t ready to kick the young righty out of the rotation, not after back-to-back scoreless starts against two of the better lineups in the league. A few days after striking out 10 Washington Nationals, Stratton cut through the Brewers. He has 12 2/3 scoreless innings over his past two appearances. 

“For how we’re using him, he’s really handled it well,” Bochy said. “We skipped him, moved him back three or four days, but he doesn’t let it faze him. This is an important time for these young players coming up, whether it’s (Ryder) Jones or (Jarrett) Parker or Stratton. They’re trying to show they belong in the Major Leagues.

“You’re hoping these guys show they’re ready to play here and we don’t have to do something else because we can do it internally.”

Bochy said he could use a six-man rotation when Cueto returns, or a starter could be skipped. That will all sort itself, but the manager made one thing clear. 

“We’d like to pitch him as much as we can,” Bochy said of Stratton.

That’s the same thing Bochy used to say of another right-hander, one he compared Stratton to before Monday’s game. Bochy was asked about Yusmeiro Petit, and he smiled and fondly stated, “He was so good. So good.” The Giants see some Petit in Stratton. He is unaffected by long layoffs and he’s capable of starting, relieving, or even pumping his fastball up a couple ticks for short outings. 

Petit was a mainstay in San Francisco for years, a key cog in a championship team. Bochy has been looking for that piece since Petit departed in free agency, and Stratton seems like he might be suited for the role. He will want more, of course, because all pitchers do. The Giants will give him five more weeks here to try and earn that. 

For the moment, Stratton’s focus is elsewhere. He turns 27 on Monday and the celebration started early. As Stratton answered questions, veterans at the table heckled him about striking out just one Brewer. 

“I left all the strikeouts in Washington, I guess,” Stratton said. 

Nick Hundley walked up with a TV remote and held it up between the cameras. 

“What was your thought on the punchout?” he asked. 

“I’m glad he swung,” Stratton said, smiling. “It was a ball.”

“Did you think about getting any more?” Hundley asked. 

With that, he smiled and ducked back behind the cameras to return to the celebration in the corner. A few minutes later, Stratton joined him.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' first home shutout of 2017

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' first home shutout of 2017

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SAN FRANCISCO — Ty Blach has been a bright spot in this losing season, giving the Giants a young, cost-controlled lefty who can potentially fill a huge role next season. Chris Stratton is trying to do the same thing from the right side. 

The 26-year-old continued his August surge, throwing six dominant innings against the Brewers in a 2-0 win that was the staff's first shutout at AT&T Park this season. 

It was the kind of night that's been so familiar over the years. The Giants had six home shutouts last season. Here are five things to know from this year's first ... 

—- The Brewers are first in the league in homers and the Nationals are third, so Stratton had his work cut out for him the last two times out. His results: 12 2/3 innings, 9 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks, 11 strikeouts. That’s quite the statement. Stratton’s scoreless streak is the longest by a Giants rookie starter since Chris Heston threw 16 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings in July of 2015. 

—- Matt Cain was used as a short reliever to protect a two-run lead in the seventh. He had a 1-2-3 inning that ended with a strikeout. 

—- Mark Melancon pitched back-to-back games for the first time since May 19-20. He struck out Neil Walker and Ryan Braun in a perfect inning. 

—- Jarrett Parker reached base his first three times up. He’s hitting .385 at home this season but he’s just 4-for-35 (.114) on the road. Weird splits for a Giant slugger. 

—- Brandon Crawford is finally finding some traction. His double in the fourth was the big hit in a two-run frame that gave Stratton a lead to work with. Crawford is 7-for-17 on the home stand with three extra-base hits and four RBI.