Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have made the following transactions, the club announced Friday.

SIGNED THE FOLLOWING FREE AGENTS:

Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Enemkpali, IK                          LB/DE             6-1      260     4          Louisiana Tech

Johnson, Rufus                        LB/DE             6-5      280     1          Tarleton State

WAIVED THE FOLLOWING PLAYER:

Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Casher, Chris                          DE                   6-3      264     R          Faulkner

Enemkpali: Originally drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round (210th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft…Has appeared in 17 career games for the Jets and Buffalo Bills, totaling nine tackles…Spent the entire 2016 season on the Reserve/Inured List…Played in 47 games with 33 starts over four seasons at Louisiana Tech.

Johnson: Originally drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round (183rd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft…Has appeared in one career game, which came in 2015 for the New England Patriots…Played in 20 games with 19 starts over two seasons at Tarleton State after transferring from Kilgore (Texas) Junior College.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Unveil 2018 Home Schedule

Home opener scheduled for Tuesday, April 10 at Raley Field

West Sacramento, CA – As Minor League Baseball approaches the end of the 2017 season, the Sacramento River Cats are excited to unveil the home portion of the 2018 River Cats baseball schedule. Next season will mark the 19th year of River Cats baseball and the fourth campaign as an affiliate of the three-time World Champion San Francisco Giants.

Sacramento will kick off the 2018 season with an exhibition game against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday, March 24. Two weeks later, the River Cats will welcome the Reno Aces and Tacoma Rainiers to Raley Field for a seven-game opening homestand starting on Tuesday, April 10.

The River Cats will play on multiple holidays next season, including Mother’s Day (5/13), and Memorial Day (5/28). In celebration of Independence Day, the River Cats will once again host the Sacramento tradition July 3rd Fireworks Extravaganza. The River Cats will close their home schedule on Thursday, August 30 before ending the season on the road.

The full home schedule is made up of 70 dates, 33 of which are weekends, including 11 Sutter Health Fireworks Saturdays and 11 Orange Fridays. While game times have not yet been announced, next season’s schedule will also include 16 home day games. To view the full 2018 River Cats home schedule, visit rivercats.com.

The 2017 All-Star break will again take place in the second full week of July from Monday, July 9 – 10 in Columbus, Ohio at Huntington Park, home of the International League’s Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians).

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Left Chasing Omaha In 7-1 Defeat

Heathcott goes 2-for-3, drives in lone run in River Cats debut

Omaha, NE – The Sacramento River Cats (47-63) came in to Thursday night’s game against the Omaha Storm Chasers (51-58) riding a four-game winning streak but were unable to recover after falling behind early in their 7-1 loss.

 Omaha jumped on Sacramento starter Matt Gage in the first inning, tagging the left-hander for two runs. Gage kept the Storm Chasers off the board over his next two frames but ran into trouble again in the fourth. He surrendered five more runs over the fourth and fifth innings before being relieved by right-hander Dusten Knight and of Gage’s seven hits allowed, six went for extra bases.

 Right fielder Slade Heatchott gave the River Cats their lone run on the night by singling home Mac Williamson with two outs in the fifth inning. Heathcott collected two of the team’s five hits tonight in his debut with Sacramento. 

 Right-hander Casey Kelly (5-2, 4.57) will make his second start for the River Cats in game two tomorrow night and will oppose Omaha’s right-hander Christian Binford (4-8, 8.46). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live online at rivercats.com and will air 7:00 p.m. on ESPN 1320.

Press Release Courtresy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

San Francisco Giants Return To Raley Field in 2018

Sacramento River Cats to host exhibition game with major league affiliate Saturday, March 24

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats are excited to announce the return of the San Francisco Giants to Raley Field for the second ever Exhibition Game between the River Cats and Giants. The game is scheduled for Saturday, March 24 of next year at Raley Field.

“Returning to Raley Field is something we’ve wanted to do since making our first trip to Sacramento in 2016,” said Giants President & CEO Larry Baer. “Our partnership with the River Cats and our shared fanbase in the Sacramento region have both grown stronger over the last three seasons and this is another opportunity for us to participate in that community.”

The first River Cats and Giants Exhibition Game took place at Raley Field in March of 2016. The game, which was played in front of a sellout crowd and also televised locally, was a major success on every level.

“The fan reaction in 2016 exceeded even our expectations and we knew we needed to host the Giants again,” explained River Cats General Manager Chip Maxson. “The opportunity to see the Giants of the future alongside your favorite San Francisco Giants in an intimate setting like Raley Field is unlike any other experience.”

In 2016, fans were treated to such Giants as three-time World Champion Buster Posey, Gold Glove winner Brandon Crawford, and two-time All-Star Johnny Cueto. They took the field against River Cats favorites, including Jarrett Parker, Mac Williamson, and Ryan Lollis.

The 2018 River Cats versus Giants Exhibition Game is scheduled for Saturday, March 24. Currently, the only way fans are able to guarantee tickets for the Exhibition Game is to become a River Cats Season Ticket Member or to renew a current membership. More information on the membership program can be found at rivercats.com, by emailing tickets@rivercats.com, or by calling 916-371-HITS.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Take The Cake, Sweep New Orleans

Sacramento extends scoreless streak to 20 innings, beat Baby Cakes 6-0

West Sacramento, CA Andrew Suarez pitched seven shutout innings and got plenty of run support from the Sacramento River Cats offense (47-62) as they defeated the New Orleans Baby Cakes (40-69) 6-0 tonight to complete the sweep.

Suarez continued Sacramento’s dominant pitching this series, as he and the bullpen kept New Orleans off the board in tonight’s series finale. Overall, Sacramento pitchers have now thrown 20 straight scoreless innings. The left-hander devoured Baby Cakes hitters tonight, striking out six while allowing two walks and five hits. The No. 11 prospect in the Giants’ organization, Suarez stranded five New Orleans runners on base and left them 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.

The River Cats offense pounced early tonight, scoring four runs in the first inning. Chris Shaw highlighted the inning by launching a two-run home run, one of three Sacramento long balls on the night. Tim Federowicz went deep for his sixth home run of the year and Pablo Sandoval smacked his first homer with the club.   

Sacramento will have an off day Wednesday before heading to Omaha to take on the Storm Chasers. Left-hander Matt Gage (0-5, 5.72) will start for game one on Thursday against Omaha. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT) and the game can be heard live on the air on ESPN 1320 and online at rivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations