Oakland Raiders Acquire WR Trevor Davis

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have acquired WR Trevor Davis via a trade with the Green Bay Packers, the club announced Thursday.

As part of the trade terms, Oakland will send an undisclosed 2020 draft pick to the Packers in return for Davis.

Originally a fifth-round selection (163rd overall) by the Packers in the 2016 NFL Draft, the 6-foot-1, 188-pound speedster out of Cal has appeared in 31 games over his first four seasons, recording nine receptions for 122 receiving yards and one touchdown, while primarily being used as a return special list, logging 40 punt returns for 449 yards (11.2 avg.) and 35 kick returns for 791 yards (22.6 avg.).

In 2018, his year was cut short due to a hamstring injury that landed him on the Reserve/Injured List two times, allowing him to only appear in two contests throughout the campaign. In 2017, Davis appeared in all 16 contests for the first time in his career, serving as the primary returner for both kickoffs and punts. He tallied 24 punt returns for 289 yards (12.0 avg.) and 31 kickoff returns for 707 yards (22.8 avg.). His 12.0-yard punt return average ranked third in the NFL and sixth in club annals for a single season. Davis’ average of 12.1 yards per punt return since entering the NFL in 2016 ranks second league wide.

A native San Francisco, Calif., the former Cal Bear played two seasons at his local program, totaling 2,300 all-purpose yards, including 1,071 receiving yards and seven touchdown scores on 64 receptions, 1,110 yards and two touchdowns on 45 kickoff returns and 115 yards on 14 punt returns. During his senior year in 2015, Davis notched a team-best 1,407 all-purpose yards including 672 receiving yards on 40 receptions for a 16.8-yard average that ranked second on the team.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have waived DB Juston Burris.

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Oakland Raiders Honor Linda Sanchez Through NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards

The Oakland Raiders selected Linda Sanchez, co-founder of Casa Sin Fronteras, as the recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award. The NFL and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) have partnered for the ninth annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards during the 2019 celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The awards recognize the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market.

The Raiders honored Sanchez during a pregame ceremony last Sunday, September 15, before the Silver and Black played the Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

Sanchez, 28, is from Oaxaca, Mexico. Her activism started while organizing for the Federal Dream Act when she was a high school student. While attending UC Berkeley, she co-founded Casa Sin Fronteras (formally known as Dream House), was the coordinator of Entre Familia, a scholarship platform for undocumented youth pre-CA Dream Act and most recently founded Fuerza Indígena, a social enterprise to politically and economically uplift Fruitvale’s indigenous Mam population. She is deeply committed to uplifting migrant youth voices and working in collaboration with them to find their voice and power.

Each award recipient selects an organization of their choice that serves the local Hispanic community to receive a $2,000 donation.  Sanchez has chosen the UC Berkeley Chicano Latino Alumni Association- Undocumented Student program to receive this donation. 

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Sacramento River Cats finish 2019 season as Triple-A National Champions

Sacramento becomes the first team to win Triple-A Championship three times

Memphis, TN — The Sacramento River Cats are the Triple-A National Champions after shutting out the International League Champion Columbus Clippers by a score of 4-0 on Tuesday night at AutoZone Park in Memphis, TN. Behind a stellar outing from left-hander, and eventual Most Valuable Player Caleb Baragar, the River Cats became the first franchise to take home their third Triple-A National Championship.

Baragar was nothing short of magnificent for a second straight time this postseason, compiling a combined 2-0 record with a 0.90 ERA in 10 innings, and dominating the Clippers’ offense over his five frames on Tuesday night. Baragar gave up just two hits while fanning five batters to earn MVP honors.

The River Cats jumped on the Clippers early, knocking out Columbus starter Kyle Dowdy in the first inning and tagging the right-hander for three runs. Francisco Peña delivered an RBI-groundout, then a couple batters later Jacob Heyward delivered a two-RBI single to right field. 

Peter Maris would add a solo blast in the sixth inning to expand the lead to four. The swing of the bat was his second home run of this postseason. Levi Michael and Abiatal Avelino would finish the night with three hits apiece to pace the Sacramento offense from the top of the order.

The Sacramento bullpen was nearly perfect on their way to the first shutout of the playoffs from the River Cats. Right-hander Ricardo Pinto delivered two perfect innings while striking out four. Flamethrowing righty Melvin Adon contributed a scoreless inning, allowing one hit to start the ninth. Then lefty Steven Okert would come on to induce a double play and strikeout the final batter to clinch the Championship for the River Cats.

The Sacramento River Cats finished off their 2019 regular season with a 73-67 record – the first winning record since becoming a San Francisco Giants’ affiliate in 2015. The club won their first Pacific Northern division title since 2012, and became the first Giants Triple-A club to win their division since 1998. The River Cats went on defeat to defeat the Las Vegas Aviators in five games, then the Round Rock Express in a sweep to claim their first Pacific Coast League crown since 2008. In a year in which 85 players appeared Sacramento, the River Cats 20th season came to an end on September 17 with a Triple-A National Championship.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats sweep Express to capture PCL Championship

Franchise’s fifth title sends club to Triple-A National Championship Game against Columbus

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats are headed to Memphis. A three-run eighth inning, fueled by three consecutive walks and a clutch hit from shortstop Abiatal Avelino, paved the way for a 7-5 victory and a sweep of the Round Rock Express to win the Pacific Coast League Championship. The title is the franchise’s fifth in its 20-year history, and first since 2008.

The River Cats and Express went back and forth in the first three innings, with Sacramento twice answering Round Rock’s run with two of their own in the next half inning. The contest entered the bottom of the seventh still knotted up at four when Drew Ferguson’s solo shot gave the Express a slim lead.

But it was a slew of singles and walks for the River Cats on Friday night, who managed to score seven runs without the aid of any extra-base hits. After drawing three straight walks in the eighth inning, Avelino’s soft liner ricocheted off pitcher Ralph Garza’s glove and scooted past a diving second baseman into right field as two runs scored. Mike Gerber’s groundout plated an insurance run before Enderson Franco would emerge once again from the bullpen, this time for an impressive five-out save.

Memphis, Tenn. will be the setting for Tuesday night’s Triple-A National Championship matchup between the River Cats and the Columbus Clippers, Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. It will be the third appearance for Sacramento, and fourth for Columbus. Neither team has announced a starting pitcher for the ballgame. First pitch is set for 5:00 p.m. (PT). Watch the game live on FS1. Or listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM beginning at 6:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign Burris; Place Abram on IR

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent DB Juston Burris, the club announced Friday.

Burris joins the Raiders for his first season with the club after originally being selected in the fourth round (118th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. Burris appeared in 34 games with the Jets before being waived in 2018 and joining the Cleveland Browns from the Jets’ practice squad. Over his first three seasons with the two clubs, Burris has appeared in 38 games with two starts, recorded 28 tackles (27 solo), two interceptions, seven passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Last season, the 6-foot, 212-pound defensive back appeared in eight games, four with the Jets and four with the Browns, appearing primarily on special teams and recording two tackles on the unit.

In a corresponding move, the Raiders have placed S Johnathan Abram on the Reserve/Injured List.

Abram was selected 27th overall by the Raiders in the 2019 NFL Draft. He started in his first NFL contest in the Week 1 victory and recorded five tackles (one) and logged one pass defensed. Abram played two years at Mississippi State before joining the Silver and Black, appearing in 26 contests and making 18 starts, compiling 170 tackles, including 14 for loss, five sacks, two interceptions, 10 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery during his time with the program.

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Adames lifts Sacramento River Cats over Express in game two

Sacramento one win away from capturing PCL Championship

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento River Cats (2-0) are on the brink of clinching their first Pacific Coast League Championship since 2008 with a 4-2 victory over the Round Rock Express (0-2) on Wednesday night.

Infielder Cristhian Adames broke a scoreless tie with an RBI-double in the third inning, then launched a solo home run over the center field fence as part of a three-run sixth inning for Sacramento. The eventual winning runs were plated on a bloop single from outfielder Jacob Heyward.

Right-hander Chase Johnson pitched well again for the River Cats, going five or more innings for the second consecutive outing. He struck out four and allowed just one run, making it nine strikeouts and three earned runs in 10 postseason innings for a 2.53 ERA.

Following an off day, right-hander Carlos Navas (1-0, 0.00) will be on the mound for the River Cats as they look to sweep Round Rock and advance to the Triple-A National Championship Game. The Express will counter with righty Rogelio Armenteros (0-1, 4.76). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM beginning at 6:00 p.m. (PT).

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Avelino provides walk-off as Sacramento River Cats take Game 1

Pena’s two-run blast sparks River Cats comeback

SUMMERLIN, Nev. — The Sacramento River Cats (1-0) played a roller coaster ballgame in game one of the PCL Championship Series, with shortstop Abiatal Avelino giving them an 8-7 walk-off win over the Round Rock Express (0-1).

It was a wild opening game to this Championship Series, as the lead changed hands seven different times at Raley Field on Tuesday night. Designated hitter Francisco Peña led the offense, going 4-for-4 with three RBI, while outfielder Jacob Heyward picked up a double, a single, and knocked in two runs. 

Round Rock would get to the River Cats bullpen in the middle innings, as righties Ricardo Pinto and Sam Wolff combined to allow three runs, giving the Express a 6-5 lead in the eighth. With one on and one away in the eighth, however, Pena would deliver a clutch two-run shot down the left field line to give Sacramento a 7-6 lead. 

The stage was set for a Sacramento walk-off after lefty Steven Okert surrendered a solo blast in the ninth to tie the game at seven. Then, with two outs and catcher Ronnie Freeman at second, Abiatal Avelino would deliver the victorious hit, doubling home Freeman to give the River Cats with a huge game one win.

Sacramento will look to take a commanding two games to none lead with right-hander Chase Johnson (1-2, 7.65) getting the ball on Wednesday night. Round Rock will turn to righty Brandon Bielak (8-4, 4.41).  First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats take on Round Rock for PCL Championship

Sacramento wins seventh conference title, Championship Series begins tonight at Raley Field

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento River Cats punched their ticket to the next round of the 2019 Triple-A postseason on Sunday, defeating the Las Vegas Aviators (Oakland Athletics) in a decisive game five of the Pacific Conference Playoff. The series win earned the River Cats an incredible seventh conference title, and the club will now take on the Round Rock Express (Houston Astros) in a best-of-five, Pacific Coast League Championship Series beginning Tuesday, September 10 at Raley Field in West Sacramento.

The River Cats have now reached the PCL Championship Series seven times in their 20-year history, which includes four PCL titles (2003, 2004, 2007, and 2008). With this year’s appearance, the club is back in the Championship Series for the first time since 2011 when they lost to the Omaha Storm Chasers. Going back further, the last time a San Francisco Giants’ Triple-A team claimed a PCL Championship was in 1977 (Phoenix Giants). The Express will be making their third appearance in the Championship Series, and first since 2015. They have not won a league title in their franchise’s 20-year history.

Championship baseball has returned to Raley Field, and fans will once again have the opportunity to experience the excitement when the PCL Championship Series gets under way with Games 1 and 2 on Tuesday, September 10 and Wednesday, September 11 in West Sacramento. Both games have a scheduled first pitch of 6:35 p.m., and will feature a final round of fan-favorite promotions Toyota Family Value Tuesday ($1 hot dogs!) and Wet Nose Wednesday (bring your dog!). The series will shift to Dell Diamond in Round Rock, TX for Game 3 on Friday, September 13. Games 4 and 5 this weekend (if necessary) will also be hosted by the Express.

The winner of the Pacific Coast League Championship Series will face off with the winner of the International League Governors’ Cup Finals between the Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) and the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians) in the 14th annual Triple-A National Championship Game on Tuesday, September 17 at AutoZone Park in Memphis, TN.

Tickets are still available for the final two River Cats games of 2019 and can be purchased online at rivercats.com or by visiting the Tri Counties Bank Ticket Office at Raley Field. Fans with questions regarding tickets are encouraged to call (916) 371-HITS (4487) or email tickets@rivercats.com,

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Oakland Raiders Sign WR Keelan Doss

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent WR Keelan Doss, the club announced Monday.

Doss originally signed with the team as an undrafted free agent this past May and spent the entire offseason program and preseason with the club. In four preseason contests, Doss led the team in receptions (17) and receiving yards (162) and added one touchdown. Doss was previously on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squad.

A native of Alameda, Calif., the 6-foot-3, 215-pound local receiver played collegiately at UC Davis, setting program records for career receptions (312), receiving yards (4,069) and 100-yard games (19). He also logged 28 receiving touchdowns, the most in the program’s Division I history. As a senior, he appeared in all 13 contests and totaled 118 receptions for 1,334 yards and nine scores, earning consensus All-American honors for the second consecutive season.

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Sacramento River Cats First-inning homers spark series-clinching win over Aviators

River Cats to face the Round Rock Express in the PCL Championship

SUMMERLIN, Nev. — Shortstop Abiatal Avelino led off the ballgame with a home run for the second time in three days. It set the tone for the first inning, as well as the rest of the game as the Sacramento River Cats defeated the Las Vegas Aviators 7-3 to win the series and advance to the Pacific Coast League Championship.

Following Avelino’s solo shot, Joe McCarthy and Zach Houchins would go back to back to give Caleb Baragar a four-run cushion before even stepping foot on the mound. The left-hander kept the Aviators out of the hit column for the first three innings, and finished his afternoon with eight strikeouts and one earned run in five frames.

Three insurance runs were added in the fifth and sixth innings, including two that were scored on wild pitches. Relievers Steven Okert, Dan Winkler, and Enderson Franco were fantastic out of the bullpen as they kept Las Vegas completely off the bases in the final 3.2 innings.

After fending off the Iowa Cubs on Sunday afternoon, the Round Rock Express advanced from the other side of the bracket. Neither the River Cats nor the Express have announced probable starters for Tuesday’s series opener at Raley Field. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. (PT). Listen to all of the action live online at rivercats.com, on the MiLB First Pitch app, and on Money 105.5 FM.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations