Oakland Raiders Waive/NFI OL Vadal Alexander

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have Waived/Non-Football Injury OL Vadal Alexander, the club announced Tuesday.

Alexander was originally a seventh-round pick (234th overall) of the club in the 2016 NFL Draft. Over his two seasons with the Raiders, he appeared in 24 games at both guard and tackle while making nine starts.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign RB James Butler

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed undrafted free agent RB James Butler, the club announced Monday.

Butler joins the Raiders after spending rookie mini-camp with the club this past May. Butler played one season at Iowa after transferring from Nevada, appearing in a total of 47 contests. Over his four-year career, he tallied 699 rushes for 3,712 yards and added 28 scores on the ground, while also registering 53 receptions for 485 yards and three touchdowns.

A native of Bloomingdale, Ill., Butler rushed 91 times for 396 yards and one touchdown as a senior for the Hawkeyes in 2017. With Nevada, he was named All-Mountain West honorable mention two times (2015-16) and earned the team’s Outstanding Offensive Player Award in 2016.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have made the following transactions, the club announced Friday. The two players do not count against the 90-man roster.


Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Alexander, Vadal                    G/T                 6-5      325     3          LSU

Mack, Khalil                            DE                   6-3      250     5          Buffalo

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats’ Casey Kelly Keeps Dorados Close But Game Slips Away Late

Sands, Gomez each collect two hits in 6-2 loss 

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA — Right-hander Casey Kelly allowed just one earned run in six and a third innings but the Sacramento River Cats (43-59) dropped game one of the series 6-2 to the Omaha Storm Chasers (45-56).

Kelly made it four consecutive games pitching at least six innings with his solid outing on Tuesday, and if it weren’t for the three runs that scored in the second inning, two of which were unearned, he had a shot at a third win in his last four outings.

The River Cats got within a run when first baseman Jerry Sands scored on shortstop Orlando Calixte’s groundout. But Sacramento failed to reach base in the final two frames while the bullpen surrendered a trio of additional runs.

Among the club’s seven baserunners on Tuesday were two hits from Sands, as well as two from second baseman Miguel Gomez.

Right-hander Shaun Anderson (0-0, 3.60) will be making his Raley Field debut on Wednesday after his Triple-A introduction last week in Fresno. The Storm Chasers will counter with righty Trevor Oaks (6-4, 2.12). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have made the following transactions, the club announced Tuesday. All three players count towards the 90-man roster.


Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Hall, P.J.                                  DT                   6-1      308     R          Sam Houston State

Penn, Donald                          T                      6-4      315     13        Utah State

Vanderdoes, Eddie                 DT                   6-3      305     2          UCLA

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders

Oakland Raiders Announce Television And Radio Broadcast Teams

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders will introduce revamped broadcast lineups for the team’s 2018 television and radio broadcasts.

Brent Musburger, one of the most prominent voices and personalities in sports broadcasting, joins the radio team as the Silver and Black’s new play-by-play voice for 2018. Musburger will be joined on the call for all Raiders games this season by former All-Pro tackle Lincoln Kennedy, who moves to the booth to handle color analyst duties, and Chris Townsend, who will report from the sidelines.

Rich Gannon will join the television booth for the team’s four preseason games, linking up with play-by-play voice Beth Mowins and former Raider and veteran color commentator Matt Millen, both of whom return for their fourth season broadcasting the Silver and Black’s preseason slate. JT the Brick also returns to handle host and sideline reporter duties for the preseason broadcasts.

“I’m looking forward to chronicling the biggest stories in the NFL, including the return of Jon Gruden to the Raiders’ sideline,” said Musburger. “Who knew you could have so much fun at my age?”

“I am really looking forward to returning to Oakland to join my friends Beth Mowins and Matt Millen in the broadcast booth as we call Raider preseason games,” said Gannon. “It is both an honor and a privilege to join Beth and Matt and be associated with one of the finest organizations in all of professional sports. I am also looking forward to Coach Gruden’s return to the sidelines and the passion, energy, and professionalism which he’ll bring to all of Raider Nation!”

“It is a pleasure and an honor to work alongside a legend like Brent Musburger,” said Kennedy. “I’m really looking forward to the upcoming season. I know the Raider Nation will enjoy our broadcasts. One people, one love, one nation…Raider Nation!”

Musburger called countless major sporting events during his time at CBS and ABC/ESPN from 1975-2017. He worked play-by-play on NFL games and hosted the groundbreaking studio show, “The NFL Today,” at CBS, while also calling the NCAA Final Four, NBA basketball, the Masters, U.S. Open tennis, boxing, horse racing and Major League Baseball. He was the voice of college football for ABC/ESPN, calling seven BCS national championships. He also called NBA and college basketball games, golf, NASCAR and soccer. Musburger is a member of the National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame and received the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting in 2016.

Kennedy returns to the Raiders’ radio team, having served three years as the broadcast’s sideline reporter. Originally a first-round pick out of the University of Washington by the Atlanta Falcons in 1993, Kennedy joined the Raiders in 1995 and started 119 games in eight seasons with Oakland. He was named to three Pro Bowls during his time with the Raiders, garnering second-team All-Pro honors in 2001 and first-team All-Pro recognition in 2002. Kennedy was a part of three-straight AFC West division championships with the Raiders from 2000-02, helping the team to an AFC Championship crown in 2002. He is currently a broadcaster for FOX Sports and Premiere Radio Networks.

Townsend joins the radio team for his first season on the sideline with the Silver and Black. A veteran radio and television personality with two decades of broadcasting experience in the Bay Area, Townsend has been an integral part of the “Silver and Black Show” for the past two seasons, and has handled both pregame and postgame hosting duties for Raiders broadcasts. He also currently hosts Oakland Athletics pregame and postgame shows and has covered numerous Bay Area teams on both radio and television.

Mowins returns for her fourth season in the booth for Raiders preseason contests, having started with the Silver and Black in 2015. Last year, Mowins handled play-by-play duties for ESPN’s Monday Night Football opening week doubleheader broadcast, becoming the first woman to call a nationally-televised NFL regular season game. She also broadcast games for the NFL on CBS during the 2017 regular season and will call this season’s Monday Night Football early broadcast on Sept. 10. Mowins has worked with ESPN since 1994, beginning as a commentator for women’s college basketball. She began calling college football on ESPNU in 2005 and currently commentates on NCAA Championships in basketball, softball and volleyball in addition to regular season college football and basketball.

Gannon returns to the Raiders as part of the preseason broadcast team after previously serving as an analyst for Green Bay Packers’ preseason games. Gannon has called NFL games for CBS since 2005 and formerly hosted a national show on Sirius XM NFL Radio. Gannon played 17 NFL seasons with four different teams, including his last six with the Raiders, and garnered four Pro Bowl selections and two first-team All-Pro accolades. He was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 2002 after leading the Silver and Black to an AFC Championship and finished his time in Oakland as the franchise’s all-time leader in completions (1,533) and passer rating (91.2).

Millen, who entered the NFL as the Silver and Black’s second-round pick in 1980, played 12 seasons with the Raiders, 49ers and Redskins, and was a part of four Super Bowl winning teams. Following his playing career, Millen was an NFL commentator for both CBS and FOX before becoming President and CEO of the Detroit Lions from 2001 to 2008. He returned to broadcasting in 2009 with ESPN, covering both the NFL and college football. He has also served as an analyst and color commentator for NBC, the NFL Network and Westwood One radio. He returned to FOX Sports in May 2015 as the lead game analyst for the Big Ten Network. He is in his fourth season calling preseason games for the Silver and Black.

JT the Brick currently hosts a nationally-syndicated talk show on FOX Sports Radio. He has handled preseason sideline reporting duties for the Silver and Black since 2008, has served as the host for the “Raiders Report” television show, and has appeared on numerous national radio and television broadcasts.

Silver and Black Productions, the Raiders’ Emmy Award-winning in-house television production team, will produce and broadcast all four of the Raiders’ preseason contests via FOX affiliate KTVU-2/KICU-36 in the Bay Area and KVVU/FOX-5 in Las Vegas, beginning with the team’s preseason opener against the Detroit Lions on Aug. 10 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The Raiders will travel to Los Angeles for a preseason contest against the Rams on Aug. 18 before returning home to face the visiting Green Bay Packers on Aug. 24. Oakland closes out the preseason with a road game at Seattle on Aug. 30.

Raiders preseason, regular season and postseason contests will be broadcast on terrestrial radio via the multi-state Raiders Radio Network, which is operated by Compass Media Networks. In the Bay Area, all Raiders games will be broadcast on KCBS-740 AM, the “Home of the Raiders,” while select games will also be broadcast on 95.7 KGMZ-FM and 106.9 KFRC-FM. Beasley Media Group is in its second year as the Las Vegas radio partner for the Silver and Black, and will broadcast Raiders games on 102.7 The Coyote (KCYE-FM) and 720 AM (KDWN-AM). Raiders Spanish broadcasts in the Bay Area will be aired on La Z 1490-AM/107.5-FM. 

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Late home Run Not Enough, Sacramento River Cats Stymied In El Paso

Schroder’s fifth homer leads quiet offensive night as River Cats drop finale 10-3 

EL PASO, TX — The struggles against left-handed starters continued on Sunday evening for the Sacramento River Cats (43-58) as they were defeated 10-3 at the hands of the El Paso Chihuahuas (54-47).

Southpaw Jerry Keel induced 13 groundball outs in his seven innings, allowing just one earned run as the River Cats fell to 4-17 when the opposition sends out a left-handed starter.

Sacramento added a couple runs in the fifth inning thanks to a sacrifice fly from catcher Ronnie Freeman and an RBI-single from shortstop Orlando Calixte. Then late in the game, second baseman Myles Schroder launched one in the ninth for this fifth home run of the season.

After tomorrow’s day off, the River Cats will be back in action on Tuesday with right-hander Casey Kelly (9-7, 4.95) on the mound. Their opponents, the Omaha Storm Chasers, will go with left-hander Jake Kalish (4-4, 3.27). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign FB Ryan Yurachek

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent FB Ryan Yurachek, the club announced Friday.

Yurachek originally signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent out of Marshall last month. The 6-foot, 240-pounder played four years (2014-17) as a tight end, appearing in 51 games and tallying 143 receptions for 1,354 yards and 26 touchdowns. A native of Myrtle Beach, S.C., he earned first-team All-Conference USA honors and was a team captain as a senior in 2017, while finishing second in touchdowns and third in both receptions and yards among tight ends in school history.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have waivedFB Henry Poggi, who signed with the club as an undrafted free agent in May.

Press Release Courtesy if the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats’ Chris Shaw Unloads For 20th Home Run Of The Season

Herb allows six runs in return from disabled list 

EL PASO, TX — The Sacramento River Cats (43-57) fell to the El Paso Chihuahuas (53-47) 9-5 on Saturday night, but saw their power-hitting corner outfielder crush his team-leading 20th home run of the season.

Chris Shaw lifted one to the opposite field in the seventh inning to reach the 20-home run mark, putting the River Cats on the board for the first time all night against El Paso starter Brett Kennedy.

The River Cats starter, right-hander Tyler Herb, was making his first appearance for the club since April 23 after spending 80 days on the disabled list. He allowed six runs on six hits and two walks in five innings of work.

A ninth-inning rally for Sacramento featured a two-run shot off the bat of shortstop Orlando Calixte — his tenth of the season — as well as a Gregor Blanco run-scoring double.

The series will conclude Sunday evening as the River Cats send righty Jordan Johnson (0-2, 7.11) to the mound to face Chihuahuas lefty Jerry Keel (2-1, 4.76). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Hold On In Series Opener With El Paso Chihuahuas

Blanco comes off bench for two clutch hits in 6-5 win 

EL PASO, TX — Outfielder Gregor Blanco’s two run-scoring singles proved to be crucial in a narrow 6-5 win for the Sacramento River Cats (43-56) over the El Paso Chihuahuas (52-47).

Blanco entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and promptly extended the team’s lead to 4-2 with an opposite-field single. He stayed in the game to play left field and blooped another single into center to plate his second run of the game — which turned out to be the game-winning run.

River Cats starter Chris Stratton was solid in six frames as he struck out 10 Chihuahuas hitters while allowing just two runs on six hits and three walks.

Chris Shaw’s third-inning two-run shot was his 19th home run of the season, pushing him one past the 18 he hit last season with the River Cats in 360 plate appearances. This year, it took him 311 trips to the plate to hit 19.

 First baseman Jerry Sands, with the club attempting to execute a hit-and-run play, stole the team’s first base since July 5. Sacramento is fifth in the Pacific Coast League with 70 stolen bases as a team.

In game two of this series, the River Cats will welcome back right-hander Tyler Herb (1-1, 5.59), who missed 80 games on the disabled list. The Chihuahuas will go with undefeated righty Brett Kennedy (8-0, 2.65). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations