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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

Sacramento River Cats Shuts Out New Orleans, Win Third Straight

Flores picks up first win as River Cats defeat Baby Cakes 3-0

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (46-62) made it three in a row Monday night against the New Orleans Baby Cakes (40-68), shutting them out 3-0 at Raley Field. The River Cats have now won six of their last seven games.

Right-hander Jose Flores was stellar on the mound tonight for Sacramento, tossing 6.2 scoreless innings against the Baby Cakes while striking out seven. The Venezuelan native surrendered his only two walks in his final inning, leaving the bases loaded for reliever Reyes Moronta who got out of the inning unscathed. Right-hander Derek Law took over for Moronta in the ninth and earned his team-leading sixth save.

The River Cats and Baby Cakes will wrap up their four-game set tomorrow night as Sacramento sends left-hander Andrew Suarez (4-4, 4.18) to the hill. He will oppose New Orleans right-hander William Cuevas (1-3, 3.86). First pitch is set for 7:05 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 

Sacramento River Cats Leave New Orleans Baby Cakes Battered In 6-2 Win

Melancon makes rehab start, Sandoval collects first RBI for Sacramento

West Sacramento, CA – The Sacramento River Cats (45-62) offense pounced on the New Orleans Baby Cakes (40-67) early, scoring four runs in the first inning as they took game two of the series 6-2 Sunday evening at Raley Field.

San Francisco Giants closer Mark Melancon got the start for the River Cats, facing the minimum in his one inning by inducing an inning-ending double play after allowing a walk. In the home half of the first, Sacramento jumped on New Orleans starter and former Giants’ left-hander Mike Kickham for four runs in an inning that including five hits – two for extra bases – and two stolen bases.

Third baseman Pablo Sandoval gave the River Cats their first run of the ballgame by driving in Wynton Bernard with a sacrifice fly in the four-run first. Mac Williamson, Chris Shaw, and Trevor Brown each knocked in a run in the frame, as well. Sacramento struck again in the fourth as first baseman Ryan Lollis drove in a pair with two outs to put the game away.

Sacramento will send right-hander Jose Flores (0-1, 4.03) to the hill tomorrow. New Orleans will counter with left-hander Justin Nicolino (4-4, 3.55). First pitch is set for 7:05 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

Ryder Jones Ices New Orleans The Baby Cakes, Sacramento River Cats Win 4-3

Giants’ #14 prospect homers twice, lifts Sacramento in series opener

West Sacramento, CA Ryder Jones powered the Sacramento River Cats (44-62) to a 4-3 victory Saturday night over the New Orleans Baby Cakes (40-66) in front of a packed Raley Field crowd.

Jones went yard twice for Sacramento tonight, launching his 12th and 13th home runs of the season. His go-ahead, solo home run in the seventh inning proved to be the decisive run, putting the River Cats up for good. The left-handed hitting Jones has been on a tear of late, driving in eight of the club’s last 20 runs.

Right-hander Casey Kelly made his season debut for Sacramento, going five innings while allowing two runs on five hits. The 27-year-old yielded two walks and fanned four New Orleans batters before giving way to the bullpen. Right-hander Tyler Rogers picked up the win, his third, and Derek Law earned his fifth save this season. 

San Francisco’s Mark Melancon will make a rehab appearance with the River Cats tomorrow, pitching the first inning before scheduled starter Roberto Gomez (2-6, 5.10) takes over. Left-hander Mike Kickham (0-0, 4.91) will get the call for New Orleans. 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 atrivercats.com.

Match Recap Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Claim George Atkinson III Via Waivers

NAPA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have claimed RB George Atkinson III via waivers from the Cleveland Browns, the club announced Saturday.

Atkinson III was originally signed by the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in May 2014 and spent parts of three seasons with the Silver and Black before being waived and picked up by the Browns in September 2016. For his career, Atkinson III has appeared in 21 games, totaling seven carries for 34 yards and one touchdown. As a returner, he has posted 15 kickoff returns for 271 yards.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder attended Granada High School in Livermore, Calif., before playing collegiately at Notre Dame. His father, George Atkinson, Jr., played for the Raiders for 10 seasons from 1968-77, helping lead the Silver and Black to the Super Bowl XI title.

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 Saturday.

PLACED THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS ON ACTIVE/PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM LIST:

Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Conley, Gareon                      CB                   6-0      195     R          Ohio State

Feliciano, Jon                          G/C                 6-4      325     3          Miami (Fla.)

Ward, Jihad                             DL                   6-5      295     2          Illinois

PLACED THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS ON ACTIVE/NON-FOOTBALL INJURY LIST:

Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Edwards Jr., Mario                 DE                   6-3      280     3          Florida State

Irvin, Bruce                             LB                    6-3      250     6          West Virginia

PLACED THE FOLLOWING PLAYER ON RESERVE/DID NOT REPORT LIST:

Player                              Pos.             Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Penn, Donald                          T                      6-4      315     12        Utah State

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations