Oakland Raiders Announce Pre-Training Camp Transactions

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have made the following transactions, the club announced Monday. All three players count towards the team’s active roster.

DECLARED NON-FOOTBALL INJURY

Alexander, Vadal Guard 6’5″ 326 lbs.  Rookie LSU

DECLARED PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM

Helu, Jr., Roy Running Back  5’11” 215 lbs 6th year Nebraska
Townsend Jr., Greg Defensive End 6′ 3″ 275 lbs. Rookie USC
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Sacramento Republic FC Falls To Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 2-1

A stoppage time goal propels Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 past visiting Sacramento Republic FC 2-1 at Thunderbird Stadium.

The match started strong for Sacramento Republic FC, who just 14 minutes into the match found the first goal of the match. Midfielder Danny Barrera had the ball in the center of the field before sliding it through the middle of the Vancouver defense to a streaking Cameron Iwasa. The forward received the ball and went one-on-one with WFC2 keeper Spencer Richey. Iwasa drove up the left side of the box before sending a low shot to the bottom right corner that cleared the sliding Richey, putting Republic FC ahead 1-0.

The lead would not last long however as just six minutes later WFC2 would earn a penalty. Forward Kyle Greig was taken down in the middle of the box as Kadin Chung tried to swing a cross into the middle, earning WFC2 a penalty. Marco Bustos stepped up to take the ensuing penalty kick and sent a low shot into the left side of the goal as Republic FC keeper Evan Newton dove right, leveling the score 1-1, where it would stay until halftime.

Republic FC had the first strong chance of the second half in the 55th minute when defender Kip Colvey drove down the right wing. Colvey then sent a cross toward Adam Jahn. The forward connected with the cross, but his right-footed volley went just over the bar.

In the 76th minute, Republic FC had another good look on goal. Defender Chris Christian played a long ball from midfield to Jahn who held up the ball in the middle of the box. After settling the ball, Jahn laid it back to Iwasa who was sprinting down the right side of the box. Iwasa sent a low, powerful shot toward goal, but Richey quickly got down to his side to make the save, keeping the match even at 1-1.

Vancouver would break the deadlock two minutes into stoppage time. WFC2 substitute midfielder Fatawu Safiu played the ball wide to Daniel Haber who was streaking down the right side of the field. Haber then sent a cross into the box, where substitute forward Thomas Sanner connected with the cross for a header into the lower left corner of the goal and past a diving Newton, giving Vancouver the 2-1 win.

Republic FC continue their five-match road stretch when they take on Rio Grande Valley FC Toros on Saturday, July 30. Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. PT. The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Sactown Slugfest Ends In Sacramento River Cats Rout

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Adrianza and Pence lead cast of rehabbers, former Giants in win

West Sacramento, CA – The best offense in the Pacific Coast League took the field Saturday night and then looked on as the Sacramento River Cats (45-56) ran up the score early en route to a 12-0 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas (57-42). Sacramento struck for nine runs in the first two innings and coasted to the win behind an excellent combination effort from the bullpen.

Sacramento’s five-run first inning followed last night’s six-run outburst and was highlighted by a two-run blast off the bat of Ehire Adrianza. Adrianza joined the River Cats this afternoon as he continues his rehab for a broken foot and wasted no time getting comfortable, driving the first pitch he saw out to left. Overall, the switch-hitting shortstop went 3-for-5 with two RBI.

“It felt good being back in Sacramento,” Adrianza said after the game. “My foot feels great. I’m ready to help out the big club whenever they think I’m ready.”

In 10 rehab games, Adrianza is hitting .368 (14-for-38) with six home runs, 13 RBI and 10 runs scored between San Jose and Sacramento.

Hunter Pence also made his 2016 River Cats debut tonight, going 1-for-4 with a double in six innings. The two-time World Champ and two-time All-Star is working his way back from hamstring surgery and in three games with the River Cats is hitting .500 (4-for-8) with two doubles, a home run, and an RBI.

“It feels good to be out on a baseball field playing and competing. The crowds here are so passionate and fun. I’m trying to get back out there as quick as I can.”

Austin Slater homered for the River Cats, his fourth, as did Andrew Susac, his eighth. Since returning from the All-Star break, the two have combined to hit .299 (20-for-67) with seven home runs, 15 RBI and 16 runs scored. Juan Ciriaco and Rando Moreno each drove in a pair and Kelby Tomlinson was 3-for-5 with two runs scored. As a team, the River Cats racked up 19 hits, matching their third highest total this season.

Behind an explosive offensive performance, the bullpen quietly put together an excellent outing, led by spot-starter Austin Fleet. Fleet got the start after throwing just two days ago in San Jose and went three scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out two.

The Chihuahuas entered this series with a PCL-best .314 team batting average while scoring over six runs per game. In their last 18 innings against River Cats pitching, though, the Chihuahuas have pushed just three runs across while generating 15 hits. Tonight, Fleet combined with Alex Torres, Duke Welker, Matt Reynolds, and Jake Dunning to hand the Chihuahuas their third shutout loss of the season.

The River Cats and Chihuahuas will play two tomorrow to close out this series. Left-hander and PCL wins-leader Ty Blach (10-5, 3.70) will take the mound for game one against El Paso’s Aaron Northcraft (4-0, 4.46). Game two, which will start a half hour after the end of game one, features two bullpen arms going head to head. River Cats reliever Vin Mazzaro (2-1, 2.64) will take on Eric Yardley (2-0, 4.91). Both games can be heard live online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Ride Hot Start To Third Straight Win

Offense erupts early, Gregorio shuts down Chihuahuas

Sacramento, CA – It was a Welcome Home party of sorts for the Sacramento River Cats (44-56) as they took care of the El Paso Chihuahuas (57-42) 7-3 in front of a packed Orange Friday crowd at Raley Field. The River Cats pounced first on the Chihuahuas, scoring a season-high six runs in the first inning while starter Joan Gregorio kept the best offense in the Pacific Coast League at bay the rest of the way.

Sacramento started off hot, as the first three hitters of the order all reached base safely setting up the veteran catcher Miguel Olivo with bases loaded and no outs. The 13-year-old MLB veteran did not let his opportunity go to waste, clearing the bases with a 389-foot grand slam home run. Olivo, who came in hitting just .208 at home this season, registered his eighth home run and the first grand slam for Sacramento this season.

The first inning saw another first for the River Cats this year. Four batters later, shortstop Rando Moreno launched his first home run this season, a two-run shot that brought the score to 6-0. The shortstop has been on a tear of late, hitting .500 (6-for-12) over his last four games while bringing his average to .307 for the season. Moreno’s home run was his third in 1,917 career plate appearances over six minor league seasons.

From then on, the right-hander Gregorio shut the door on El Paso over his next six innings, giving up just one run on four hits. The 6’7” fireballer came into tonight with a 1-1 record in three starts against the Chihuahuas, having allowed 13 earned runs over 12.2 innings against them. In tonight’s victory, not only did he earn his third win on the season, but he also picked up his 500th career strikeout in the first inning.

Gregorio had all his pitches working tonight, striking out a season-high nine El Paso hitters, six of which came in the first 10 batters he faced. The 19th ranked prospect in the San Francisco Giants organization, Gregorio threw 99 pitches, 67 of which went for strikes en route to shutting down the best offense in the league.

Despite being outscored 62-49 by El Paso in their first 12 meetings, Sacramento was unfazed tonight and have now outscored the Chihuahuas 14-6 in their last two meetings. Of the River Cats’ nine hits tonight, four came courtesy of the top four hitters in the lineup, who also scored four of the team’s seven runs.

Sacramento will seek to win their fourth straight game tomorrow night, a feat they have only accomplished twice this year. Right-hander Austin Fleet (0-1, 4.15) will make his second start for Sacramento this season. He will square off against El Paso’s southpaw Frank Garces (4-3, 4.41), who is 0-1 with a 4.22 ERA in two starts against the River Cats. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and on the air on ESPN 1320.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Hunter Pence Lifts Sacramento River Cats To 5-4 Win Over New Orleans Zephyrs

Susac, Stratton supply the rest for Sacramento

New Orleans, LA – The Sacramento River Cats (43-56) ended their eight-game road trip on a high note Thursday night in New Orleans, defeating the New Orleans Zephyrs (46-50) by the score of 5-4. The win not only earned the River Cats their sixth series win, but brought their record to 5-3 since the All-Star break thanks to some familiar faces.

Making his second rehab start with Sacramento was right fielder Hunter Pence, who suffered a setback in his last appearance July 16 against Round Rock. The San Francisco Giants star seemed no worse for wear, proving he was raring to go by launching a solo home run in his first at-bat of the game. The home run was Pence’s first with Sacramento since May 12 of last year.

The three-time All-Star was not done either, as Pence smacked a double in his next at-bat to leadoff the fourth inning before coming around to score. The right-handed slugger finished the night 2-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored before being replaced in right field by veteran Chris Denorfia.

Not to be outdone was fellow fan-favorite Andrew Susac, who mashed his second home run in as many games in the winning effort. The talented backstop continued his hot hitting tonight, going 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. The Roseville-native showed off his defensive skills behind the dish as well, picking off Zephyrs’ catcher Tomas Telis to end the sixth inning.

Tonight marked Susac’s second time this month in which he has hit home runs in consecutive games and the fifth time in his last 10 games in which he has gone yard. The right-hander has been locked in at the plate this month as a whole, leading the team in RBI (13) and runs scored (11).

Right-hander Chris Stratton took care of the rest for Sacramento, putting forth another solid outing while picking up his seventh win in his last 10 starts. A native of Tupelo, Mississippi, Stratton went six innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits while striking out four and didn’t allow a walk. Over his last three starts, Stratton has struck out 20 of the last 76 batters he has faced.

Jean Machi made things interesting in the ninth as he allowed one run before striking out Xavier Scruggs with the bases loaded to end the game. The save was Machi’s fifth with Sacramento and third on the road trip.

The River Cats will fly home to the friendly confines of Raley Field to open a four-game set against the El Paso Chihuahuas this weekend. Sacramento will send lanky right-hander Joan Gregorio (2-6, 5.92) to the mound and El Paso will counter with their own righty in Michael Kelly (5-0, 3.23). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT) and can be heard live online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Receive Defender Jeremy Hall On Loan From Tampa Bay Rowdies

Puerto Rican international brings seven years and over 125 matches of MLS experience to Republic FC.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  Sacramento Republic FC have completed arrangements by which the club will receive defender Jeremy Hall on loan from the Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL).

“We are pleased to welcome Jeremy to the club. It is obvious that we needed strength in the back after losing Emrah to injury and Jeremy is someone that provides that for us,” said Head Coach and Technical Director Paul Buckle. “He is someone that is very experienced and that we hope will hit the ground running. He will need some time to acclimate to us, but a player with his experience should fit in well and begin contributing quickly.”

Hall played seven seasons in MLS with the New York Red Bulls, Portland Timbers, FC Dallas, Toronto FC and New England Revolution. He made 127 appearances in his seven seasons including 108 starts. Hall scored two goals and recorded six assists in 9,782 career MLS minutes.

Hall has also made three appearances with the Puerto Rica Men’s National Team. Most recently he started and played a full 90 minutes against the United States Men’s National Team on May 22, 2016.

Hall has joined Republic FC prior to their match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 on July 24. The match will be the third in a stretch of five consecutive road matches for Republic FC. Kickoff is 2 pm. The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Andrew Susac and Travis Ishikawa Power Sacramento River Cats To Victory

Mejia retires 12 straight to help blow past Zephyrs 10-4

New Orleans, LA – The rain came down early but could not ruin the Sacramento River Cats (42-56) parade over the New Orleans Zephyrs (46-49). First pitch was delayed an hour and 46 minutes, but when the game got going, so did the Sacramento bats. Adalberto Mejia did enough to earn the win, as three home runs powered the River Cats to victory.

New Orleans got on the board first in this one, but Sacramento responded and continued to add on late. A close 4-3 ballgame entering the sixth was torn apart by back-to-back blasts from Andrew Susac and Travis Ishikawa over the centerfield wall. It was the second time Ishikawa has been a part of consecutive homers this season; last time was in Las Vegas on June 28 off the bat of the first baseman and Myles Schroder.

Susac lead the offense tonight and finished 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Ishikawa followed closely and went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Behind them, the team collected a total of 12 hits on the night with two doubles and three home runs. The third home run came off the bat of Austin Slater in the top of the ninth and drove in the final two runs of the game to give Cats the eventual 10-4 victory. Kelby Tomlinson also picked up a two-hit night with a double and a run scored from the top of the order.

Joe Panik continued his rehab assignment with Sacramento this evening and fulfilled all seven innings he was slated to play. He started with three consecutive popouts at the plate before finally breaking through with a double in the seventh. The second baseman finished 1-for-4 with a run before handing the reigns to Rando Moreno.

On the mound, Mejia provided enough to collect his third win with Sacramento. He gave up an early set of runs in the first two innings before settling in to retire 12 straight. The southpaw entered the game with a 1.46 ERA in July and lead all the Sacramento starters with a 75% left on base percentage. He continued the trend tonight and held the Zephyrs to just 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. The newest River Cats starter allowed four runs on six hits across six innings of work with no walks and six strikeouts before the bullpen took over.

The bullpen stifled any comeback attempt as Duke Welker came in and threw two scoreless innings on three hits. He was followed by a perfect inning from Matt Reynolds to close out the ballgame. The win puts the team 14 games under .500 and 4-3 on the road trip.

Sacramento gives right-hander Chris Stratton (6-4, 5.22) the nod to close out series tomorrow night. He faces off against New Orleans’s lefty Justin Nicolino (4-3, 2.44). First pitch is set for 5:00 p.m. (PT) and can be heard live online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

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Sacramento Republic FC Defender Emrah Klimenta Undergoes Successful Surgery On Left Knee

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Surgery reconstructed Klimenta’s torn ACL in his left knee.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Sacramento Republic FC defender Emrah Klimenta underwent surgery at UC Davis Health System’s Outpatient Surgery Center to repair the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee.

Dr. Cassandra Lee from the UC Davis Sports Medicine Department performed the surgery. There was only damage to Klimenta’s ACL, no other structures were involved.

“The surgery was very successful,” said Dr. Lee. “Through physical therapy over the next few months, we look forward to seeing Emrah back on the pitch.”

Klimenta injured his knee in a non-contact play, while attempting to avoid a tackle, in the 7th minute of Republic FC’s match against Seattle Sounders FC 2 on July 2, 2016.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign CB David Amerson To Four-Year Contract Extension

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ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed CB David Amerson to a four-year contract extension, the club announced Tuesday.

Amerson joined the Raiders in September 2015 via a waiver claim from the Washington Redskins, where he played from 2013-15. In 14 games for the Silver and Black last year, he set a single-season franchise record with 26 passes defensed to go along with career highs in tackles (62) and interceptions (four). Amerson also set a single-game franchise record when he posted six passes defensed in the team’s victory over the Tennessee Titans on Nov. 29, and added his second career touchdown when he returned an interception 24 yards for the score in the season finale at Kansas City.

For his career, the 6-1, 205-pounder has played in 47 games with 35 starts, totaling 170 tackles (148 solo), six interceptions (two returned for touchdowns), 44 passes defensed and one forced fumble in three seasons with the Redskins and Raiders.

The Greensboro, N.C., native was originally drafted by Washington in the second round (51st overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. Amerson played in 39 games over three seasons at North Carolina State from 2010-12, where he totaled 18 career interceptions, tied for third on the ACC’s all-time list.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Sacramento Republic FC Falls To Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 1-0

A late goal by JJ Greer proves the difference as Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC defeat Sacramento Republic FC 1-0 at Switchbacks Stadium.

Sacramento Republic FC started the match very strong, seeing their first real chance on goal just 30 seconds in to the match. Midfielder Danny Barrera received the ball near the top of the box after Republic FC won the ball away in the Switchbacks half. Barrera took a few touches forward before sending a grounded shot toward the back post. Switchbacks goalkeeper Devala Gorrick was able to get down to his side quickly however and knock the ball away, keeping the match scoreless early.

July 16, 2016; Colorado Springs, CO, USA; Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC forward Martin Maybin (9) and Sacramento Republic FC defender Chris Christian (8) battle for the ball in the first half at Switchbacks Stadium. Credit: Isaiah J. Downing/Switchbacks FC
July 16, 2016; Colorado Springs, CO, USA; Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC forward Martin Maybin (9) and Sacramento Republic FC defender Chris Christian (8) battle for the ball in the first half at Switchbacks Stadium. Credit: Isaiah J. Downing/Switchbacks FC

The Switchbacks controlled the possession after the early chance for Republic FC. Despite the large possession time, the Switchbacks first strong chance on goal came in the 35th minute. Defender Josh Suggs ran the ball down the middle of the field before sending forward Marty Maybin through with a great pass around the defense. Maybin looked to be in but a sliding Derek Foran deflected his shot before Republic FC keeper Evan Newton punched the ball away from danger.

July 16, 2016; Colorado Springs, CO, USA; Sacramento Republic FC defender Kip Colvey (27) and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC defender Josh Suggs (5) battle for the ball in the first half at Switchbacks Stadium. Credit: Isaiah J. Downing/Switchbacks FC
July 16, 2016; Colorado Springs, CO, USA; Sacramento Republic FC defender Kip Colvey (27) and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC defender Josh Suggs (5) battle for the ball in the first half at Switchbacks Stadium. Credit: Isaiah J. Downing/Switchbacks FC

Republic FC had their strongest look on goal in the 39th minute. Forward Cameron Iwasa had the ball in the middle of the park before lofting a pass over the defense to substitute midfielder Max Alvarez who had beat the offside trap. Alvarez then went one-on-one with Gorrick but the onrushing goalkeeper was able to disrupt Alvarez enough as the midfielder’s chipped shot landed just outside the right post.

The best chance of the half for the Switchbacks came on the last play of the first half. After a missed clearance by Republic FC, forward Mike Seth played the ball into the middle to fellow forward Miguel Gonzalez who was streaking along the top of the box. Gonzalez touched the ball forward before sending a left-footed strike toward the upper left corner of the goal, but Newton was there as he sprung high and to the left to block the shot away and keep the match scoreless at the break.

Republic FC came out as the aggressor in the second half and controlled most of the possession. In the 68th minute Republic FC had their first strong look of the second half. Iwasa played the ball down the left side of the box before sending the ball back toward the middle. Alvarez touched Iwasa’s cross down to defender James Kiffe who was making a run down the middle of the box. Kiffe’s ensuing left-footed shot would curve just high and wide of the right corner of the goal however, keeping the match tied at 0-0.

The best chance of the half for Republic FC came in the 79th minute. Substitute forward Mackenzie Pridham took the ball down the right side of the box before beating his man on the dribble, setting up a one-on-one with Gorrick. Pridham charged the keeper before sending a rocket toward goal, but a sliding Gorrick was able to deflect the ball off his right shoulder and away from danger.

The Switchbacks would finally break the deadlock in the 83rd minute. Substitute forward Aaron King ran down a long ball before taking a shot that Newton deflected away for a corner. Suggs took the ensuing corner and sent it toward the back post. Defender JJ Greer was waiting at the back post and sprung up to meet the ball, sending a powerful header toward the top left side of the goal. Newton was able to get a finger on the ball, but the header was too powerful and sailed into the back of the net, giving the Switchbacks a 1-0 lead.

Despite a valiant effort in the final minutes, Republic FC was unable to find an equalizer giving Colorado Springs the 1-0 victory. Republic FC will continue their five-match road stretch as they travel to Vancouver to take on Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 on Sunday, July 24. Kickoff is 2 p.m. at Thunderbird Stadium on the campus of the University of British Columbia. The match will be streamed live at SacRepublicFC.com/matchday.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento Republic FC Media Relations