Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have waived the following five players, the club announced Tuesday.

Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    College

Butler, James                          RB                   5-9      210     Iowa

Collins, Cayson                       LB                    6-1      230     North Carolina

Davis, Rashard                        WR                  5-9      175     James Madison

Hunt, Cameron                       G/C                 6-4      305     Oregon

Pierson-El, De’Mornay           WR                  5-9      195     Nebraska

Butler: Signed by Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2018 and spent training camp with the club…Spent the majority of his rookie season on the team’s practice squad…Played his senior season at Iowa after spending the first three years of his collegiate career at Nevada…Totaled 3,313 rushing yards at Nevada, ranking eighth in school history.

Collins: Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Miami Dolphins following the 2018 NFL Draft…Had multiple stints on the Raiders’ practice squad where he finished his rookie campaign…Played four seasons at North Carolina, appearing in 49 games and tallying 217 tackles, two sacks, one pass defensed seven forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.     

Davis: Originally signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2017, where he spent the season on the team’s practice squad…Signed to the Oakland Raiders’ practice squad ahead of Week 11 of 2018, where he would return ahead of the team’s season finale…Davis earned FCS All-American honors in 2016 with the Dukes after posting a conference record four touchdowns on punt returns.

Hunt: Signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in May 2017 where he spent preseason with the club…Signed by the San Francisco 49ers to the practice squad for the remainder of his rookie season…Joined the Raiders in 2018 and was active for the team’s final three contests of the year…Played four seasons at Oregon, appearing in 52 games with 43 starts for the Ducks.

Pierson-El: Entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Washington Redskins ahead of the 2018 season…Had a short stint with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League before playing in eight contests with the Salt Lake Stallions in the Alliance of American Football, where he compiled 36 receptions for 414 yards and one score…Played four seasons (2014-17) at Nebraska…Appeared in 43 games and recorded 100 receptions for 1,309 yards (13.1 avg.) and added 11 touchdown receptions, while also rushing 26 times for 67 yards.

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Grand Slam Dooms Sacramento River Cats In Series-Ending Loss

Solano stays hot with three hits as club hits the road for nine games

West Sacramento, Calif. — Right-handed starter Shaun Anderson turned out a solid 5.2-inning outing but the bullpen would falter, resulting in an 8-4 loss for the Sacramento River Cats (9-9) at the hands of the Salt Lake Bees (5-12).

Anderson struck out five, allowed a pair of doubles, and surrendered just one run in his best start of the season. But submariner Tyler Rogers loaded the bases in the seventh inning and was pulled for lefty Williams Jerez. After plunking the first batter he faced, Jerez watched a grand slam clear the fence off the bat of Bees third baseman Jose Rojas – one of two home runs the lefty would hit in the game.

River Cats third baseman Donovan Solano stayed hot at the plate as he recorded nearly half of the team’s eight hits on Monday. Batting .353 on the season, the veteran Columbian infielder now has nine hits in his last four games.

After enjoying their first scheduled off-day of the season, the River Cats will kick off a nine-game road trip with five games in Tacoma facing the Rainiers. Southpaw Ty Blach (0-0, 5.68) will get the ball for game one while Tacoma is scheduled to send righty Christian Bergman (0-1, 6.75) to the mound. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, or on Money 105.5 FM beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders 2019 Schedule Announcement

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders’ 2019 regular season schedule is below, as the National Football League announced Wednesday.

Date                      Opponent                                  Time (PT)      TV

Mon., Sept. 9               DENVER BRONCOS                          7:20 p.m.         ESPN

Sun., Sept. 15              KANSAS CITY CHIEFS                       1:05 p.m.         CBS

Sun., Sept. 22              at Minnesota Vikings                         10:00 a.m.      FOX

Sun., Sept. 29              at Indianapolis Colts                           10:00 a.m.      CBS

Sun., Oct. 6                 CHICAGO BEARS#                            10:00 a.m.      FOX

                                    BYE WEEK

Sun., Oct. 20               at Green Bay Packers                         10:00 a.m.      CBS

Sun., Oct. 27               at Houston Texans                             10:00 a.m.      CBS

Sun., Nov. 3                DETROIT LIONS                                 1:05 p.m.         FOX

Thu., Nov. 7                LOS ANGELES CHARGERS*              5:20 p.m.         FOX

Sun., Nov. 17              CINCINNATI BENGALS                     1:25 p.m.         CBS

Sun., Nov. 24              at New York Jets                                10:00 a.m.      CBS

Sun., Dec. 1                 at Kansas City Chiefs                         10:00 a.m.      CBS

Sun., Dec. 8                 TENNESSEE TITANS                          1:25 p.m.         CBS

Sun., Dec. 15               JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS                1:05 p.m.         CBS

Sat/Sun., Dec. 21/22  at Los Angeles Chargers**                  TBD                 TBD

Sun., Dec. 29               at Denver Broncos                             1:25 p.m.         CBS

# – In London

* – NFL Network and Amazon simulcast subject to change

** – In Week 16, three of five possible matchups currently listed as TBD will be scheduled for Saturday on NFL Network. Start times and Saturday games for Week 16 will be announced no later than following Week 8, with the non-Saturday games to be played on Sunday.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign DE Benson Mayowa

Oakland Raiders Sign DE Benson Mayowa

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent DE Benson Mayowa, the club announced Tuesday.

Mayowa re-joins the Raiders, having previously spent two seasons (2014-15) with the club, after most recently playing for the Arizona Cardinals during the 2018 campaign. Originally an undrafted free agent out of Idaho, Mayowa also made stints with the Seattle Seahawks (2013) and Dallas Cowboys (2016-17). Over his six-year career, he has appeared in 72 contests and made 15 starts, totaling 110 tackles (68 solo), 13 sacks, five passes defensed, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

Last season, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound defensive end registered career highs in both tackles (38) and passes defensed (four). He also added 13 tackles for loss, four sacks, one forced fumble and one fumbles recovery in 15 appearances for the Cardinals. He recorded seven sacks over two seasons with the Cowboys, including a career-high six in 2016. With the Raiders, he appeared in 28 games, tallying a combined 32 stops, two sacks, one pass defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

A native of Inglewood, Calif., Mayowa played four seasons (2009-12) for the Vandals, appearing in 46 games and making 14 starts. He compiled 67 tackles (47) during his collegiate career, adding 11 sacks, 11 forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. 

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Oakland Raiders Retain Three Exclusive Rights Free Agents

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have re-signed the following three exclusive rights free agents, the club announced Monday.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS

Player                    Pos.    Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Ateman, Marcell         WR      6-4      216     2          Oklahoma State

Carlson, Daniel           K          6-5      213     2          Auburn

Murray, Justin             T          6-5      304     2          Cincinnati

Ateman: Returns for his second season with the Raiders after being drafted by the club in the seventh round (228th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft…Elevated to the active roster prior to Week 8 and appeared in seven contests, making six starts in his rookie campaign…Compiled 15 receptions for 154 receiving yards and one TD reception…Played four seasons (2013-15, 2017) at Oklahoma State, appearing in 51 games with 29 starts and totaling 146 receptions for 2,466 yards (16.9 avg.) with 13 TDs.

Carlson: Begins his second season with the Silver and Black after being signed by the team as a free agent ahead of the 2018 Week 8 contest…Made 16-of-17 FG attempts, setting a new franchise record with a 94.1 FG percentage…Made all 18 PATs and led the team with 66 points on the year…Also earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors in Week 11 after connecting on his first career game-winning FG…Originally drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fifth round (167th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft…Career totals include 10 games played, connecting on 17-of-21 FG attempts while making all 24 PATs. 

Murray: Enters his second season in Oakland after being claimed via waivers ahead of the team’s Week 1 contest in 2018…Appeared in his first two career games as a rotational player on the offensive line…Originally signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2016 and spent 2017 on the practice squads of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints, before being signed to the Cincinnati Bengals for the remainder of the year.

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Andrew Suarez Superb In River Cats’ 2-1 Victory Over Salt Lake.

Avelino scores twice in nail-biting victory over Bees

Salt Lake City, Utah — The Sacramento River Cats (6-5) picked up a 2-1 victory in a pitcher’s duel over the Salt Lake Bees (3-7) Sunday afternoon. Lefty Andrew Suarez turned in a fantastic outing to earn his first win of the year. 

Suarez was cruising through six innings before running into trouble in the seventh. He found himself in a jam with one out and runners on second and third, but right-hander Ray Black came in to get the final two outs of the frame and preserve the shutout for the time being. The 6.1 inning outing by Suarez was the longest by a River Cats starter this season. Sam Coonrod picked up his second save of the season, striking out a trio of Bees hitters to slam the door in the ninth.   

On the other side of the ball Abiatal Avelino reached base three times and scored the River Cats’ only two runs. Zach Green continued his torrid start to the season, collecting two more hits and improving his average to .361. Catcher Ronnie Freeman added two hits of his own in his River Cats season debut.

The River Cats take the field again tomorrow afternoon as right-hander Tyler Beede (0-1, 1.17) toes the rubber. Beede will look to continue his solid start to the 2019 season. The Bees will throw lefty Greg Mahle (0-1, 3.60). First pitch is set for 11:05 a.m. (PT). Catch all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on the air on Money 105.5 FM beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Drop, Close One With Bees

Ninth inning rally falls short as three River Cats collect two hits each

Salt Lake City, Utah — The Sacramento River Cats (5-5) put runners at the corners with one out in the ninth inning but failed to capitalize as the Salt Lake Bees (3-6) took game two of the series, 4-3.

Sacramento had a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning until a two-run shot off the bat of Bees catcher Jose Briceno gave Salt Lake a one-run advantage. They came close to relinquishing that lead in the ninth when Mike Gerber’s double and an error put two runners on, but right-hander Taylor Cole would strike out Donovan Solano and Stephen Vogt consecutively to end the threat.

Gerber, along with left fielder Anthony Garcia and designated hitter Michael Reed, contributed with two hits each in the loss. For Gerber, it was his fifth multi-hit game of the year – all of which are part of a seven-game hitting streak.

The River Cats are back on the field tomorrow afternoon as lefty Andrew Suarez (0-1, 10.29) will be on the mound hoping to rebound from his last start. The Bees have not yet named a starter for Sunday’s matinee. First pitch is set for 12:05 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 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Mike Yastrzemski Homers Late To Lift Sacramento River Cats Over Salt Lake Bees

Gerber extends hit streak to six games as Sacramento picks up first road win

Salt Lake City, Utah — The Sacramento River Cats (5-4) picked up their first road win of the year, defeating the Salt Lake Bees (2-6) 4-2 thanks to a late home run from Mike Yastrzemski and a solid start from Ty Blach.

Blach put up five strong innings, striking out six batters, but did not factor into the decision for the second straight time. Mike Gerber stayed hot, leading off the game with a double and later coming around to score as the River Cats jumped out to an early lead. 

Left fielder Yastrzemski came up with the biggest hit of the night, however, blasting his first homer in the seventh to give Sacramento a 3-2 lead that they would never relinquish. The Giants acquired Yastrzemski from the Baltimore Orioles near the end of Spring Training in exchange for former River Cats pitcher Tyler Herb.

The River Cats bullpen was terrific backing up Blach on Friday. They allowed just one earned run over four innings, striking out five Salt Lake batters. Sam Coonrod picked up his first save while also preserving his perfect 0.00 ERA in 4.2 total innings.

The River Cats will go with Righty Enderson Franco (0-0, 18.00) in game two of four facing left-hander Dillon Peters (0-0, 0.00) for the Bees. First pitch is set for 5:35 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 105.5 FM beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cat’ Late Home Runs Not Enough To Avoid Sweep

Gerber extends hit streak to five games as club falls to Aviators 11-3

Summerlin, Nev. — The Sacramento River Cats (4-4) fell victim to their first sweep of the season as the Las Vegas Aviators (7-1) took three out of three to kick off their inaugural season at the brand new Las Vegas Ballpark.

Right-hander Shaun Anderson lasted just three innings for the River Cats as the Aviators nearly tied a Pacific Coast League record with four triples in one inning. Las Vegas put up three runs in the third as Anderson was chased in his shortest start since August 23, 2017 with the San Jose Giants.

The Garcias, designated hitter Anthony and catcher Aramis, provided half of the club’s hits during Thursday night’s series finale while third baseman Zach Green raked his third home run of the year.

The River Cats will catch a flight to Salt Lake City to begin a four-game series with the Salt Lake Bees. Lefty Ty Blach (0-0, 6.75) will be on the mound for the River Cats facing right-hander Forrest Snow (0-1, 5.40) for the Bees. First pitch is set for 5:35 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 105.5 FM beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats Strike First But Fall Silent Late

Two hits apiece for Vogt and Avelino in 5-1 loss to Aviators

Summerlin, Nev. — The Sacramento River Cats (4-3) scored first once again but were held in check for the remainder of the game by Las Vegas Aviators (6-1). The River Cats would go on to allow five unanswered runs to drop game two of this three game series by a score of 5-1.

Sacramento jumped out to an early lead for the second straight night on an infield single from Anthony Garcia and an Aviators throwing error which allow Stephen Vogt to score. After the first inning, however, the River Cats managed just four hits against Vegas righty Jake Buchanan and the bullpen. Aviators pitching was rock solid, holding the River Cats to six hits and giving up just an unearned run.

River Cats starter Tyler Beede struggled to find a rhythm on Wednesday, piling up 79 pitches in just 3.2 innings, striking out five batters while walking three. The River Cats pitching staff walked a season-high eight batters. 

River Cats right-hander Shaun Anderson (0-0, 1.80) will be back on the mound looking to build off a strong start last Saturday night when he struck out five over five innings of work. The Aviators are scheduled to send righty Paul Blackburn to the hill. 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 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations