Category Archives: Bay Area Sports

San Francisco Giants’ Hunter Pence Expected To Begin Rehab In Sacramento Friday

San Francisco Giants’ fan-favorite is scheduled to rehab sprained right thumb in Sacramento

 WEST SACRAMENTO, CA – San Francisco Giants outfielder and fan-favorite Hunter Pence is expected to join the Sacramento River Cats this weekend on a rehab assignment for a sprained right thumb. While he is expected to join the team for Friday night’s game, his rehab schedule has not yet been confirmed.

Pence hurt his right thumb on April 3 while diving to make a play in a game against the Seattle Mariners at AT&T Park. The veteran outfielder had been playing through the injury, but was ultimately placed on the 10-day disabled list on April 20. Pence has played in 17 games so far this season.

The 35-year-old joined the San Francisco Giants in July of 2012 via a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies. In his first two full seasons with the Giants, Pence played in 324 consecutive games. He is a three-time All-Star (2009, 2011, 2014) and two-time World Champion (2012, 2014).

Pence has played with the River Cats in two of the last three seasons, also on rehab assignments. Combined between 2015 and 2016, he has played a total of 13 games, hitting .366 (15-for-41) with five home runs and 12 RBI.

First pitch for tomorrow night’s game at Raley Field against the Reno Aces is set for 7:05 p.m. with gates at 6 p.m. Tickets are still available for tomorrow and the rest of the weekend. For more information, please call 916.371.HITS (4487) or visit rivercats.com.

Press Release Courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Waive DT Darius Latham

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have waived DT Darius Latham, the club announced Thursday.

After originally signing with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in May 2016, Latham played in 17 games over his two seasons with the club and totaled 23 tackles (14 solo) and two passes defensed.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign CB Daryl Worley

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent CB Daryl Worley, the club announced Monday.

Worley joins the Silver and Black entering his third year in the NFL, having spent the last two seasons with the Carolina Panthers. Worley, a third-round selection (77th overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft, has appeared in 31 contests and made 25 starts, recording 150 tackles (111 solo), two sacks, three interceptions and 19 passes defensed.

Last season, Worley made a career-high 14 starts for the Panthers and set career highs in interceptions (two) and passes defensed (10), while also adding 63 tackles. As a rookie, he appeared in all 16 contests and ranked second on the team with nine passes defensed.

A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Worley attended West Virginia for three years (2013-15) before entering the NFL draft following his junior season. While with the Mountaineers, he appeared in 34 games and made 27 starts, totaled 146 tackles, 10 interceptions, 21 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery while being named an All-Big 12 Conference selection twice.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Exercise Fifth-Year Option On WR Amari Cooper

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have exercised the fifth-year option on WR Amari Cooper, extending his contract through the 2019 season, the club announced Monday.

The Raiders originally drafted Cooper in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Over his first three years, the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder has totaled 203 receptions for 2,903 yards (14.3 avg.) and 18 touchdowns in 46 games. He was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first two seasons (2015-16), and is one of just three players in NFL history with 1,000 receiving yards and 70 catches in each of their first two years.

Cooper has been productive for the Silver and Black from the start, posting 72 receptions for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie. In addition to his Pro Bowl selection, he was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team and set franchise rookie records for receptions and receiving yards. In 2016, Cooper set career highs with 83 receptions and 1,153 receiving yards en route to his second Pro Bowl. Last year, Cooper posted 48 receptions for 680 yards and a career-high seven scores. He was also named the AFC Offensive Player of Week in Week 7 vs. Kansas City after recording 210 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 11 catches.

A native of Miami, Fla., Cooper played collegiately at Alabama, appearing in 40 games with 30 starts. He finished his career as the Crimson Tide’s all-time leader in receptions (228), receiving yards (3,463) and receiving touchdowns (31).

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders 2018 Schedule Announcement

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders’ 2018 regular season schedule is below, as the National Football League announced Thursday.

Date                      Opponent                                  Time (PT)      TV

Mon., Sept. 10            LOS ANGELES RAMS                         7:20 p.m.         ESPN

Sun., Sept. 16              at Denver Broncos                             1:25 p.m.         CBS

Sun., Sept. 23              at Miami Dolphins                              10:00 a.m.      CBS

Sun., Sept. 30              CLEVELAND BROWNS                     1:05 p.m.         FOX

Sun., Oct. 7                 at Los Angeles Chargers                     1:05 p.m.         CBS

Sun., Oct. 14               SEATTLE SEAHAWKS#                     10:00 a.m.      FOX

                                    BYE WEEK

Sun., Oct. 28               INDIANAPOLIS COLTS                      1:05 p.m.         CBS

Thu., Nov. 1                at San Francisco 49ers                       5:20 p.m.         FOX/NFLN

Sun., Nov. 11              LOS ANGELES CHARGERS               1:05 p.m.         FOX

Sun., Nov. 18              at Arizona Cardinals                           1:05 p.m.         CBS

Sun., Nov. 25              at Baltimore Ravens                           10:00 a.m.      CBS

Sun., Dec. 2                 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS                       1:05 p.m.         CBS

Sun., Dec. 9                 PITTSBURGH STEELERS                   5:20 p.m.         NBC

Sun., Dec. 16               at Cincinnati Bengals                          10:00 a.m.      CBS

Mon., Dec. 24             DENVER BRONCOS                          5:15 p.m.         ESPN

Sun., Dec. 30               at Kansas City Chiefs                         10:00 a.m.      CBS

# – in London

* – Sunday night games in Weeks 5-16 subject to change; Week 17 game TBD

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Sacramento River Cats’ Williamson Homers For Third Straight Game In Narrow Loss

Rainiers capitalize on wild pitch to squeak by River Cats

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA Jose Valdez’s seventh-inning wild pitch allowed the winning run to advance to third base, and eventually home on a sacrifice fly, as the Tacoma Rainiers (4-5) edged the Sacramento River Cats (4-5) by a final score of 3-2.

Right-hander Tyler Herb settled down after giving up two runs on two walks and two singles in the opening frame, retiring 14 of his final 17 batters faced. Herb struck out six in six innings in what was the longest outing by a River Cats starting pitcher in the young season.

Mac Williamson cleared the fence for the third consecutive game, crushing a line-drive home run to straight-away left field to tie the game at two in the first. He has hits in his first seven games this season, including three doubles to go along with his four total homers.

Williamson’s bomb, though, was one of just six hits, and the only extra-base hit, the River Cats were able to muster off Rainiers starter Rob Whalen. The 24-year old right-hander struck out six and walked one in six strong innings while the bullpen allowed just one baserunner and struck out six more in their three innings of work.

Game two of this four-game series is set for Saturday at 7:05 p.m. as the River Cats will turn to right-hander Dereck Rodriguez (0-0, 9.82), who will be making his Raley Field debut. Tacoma will counter with another righty, Max Povse (0-1, 5.40).

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

Oakland Raiders Preseason Opponents Announced

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders’ 2018 preseason schedule will feature home games against the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, with road contests at the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks, the National Football League announced Wednesday.

Preseason Week      Opponent                        Time

1                                  DETROIT LIONS                     TBD

2                                  at Los Angeles Rams              TBD

3                                  GREEN BAY PACKERS           TBD

4                                  at Seattle Seahawks               TBD

The Raiders will open the preseason with the Detroit Lions at home, hosting the Lions for the first time since 2014. For their second contest, the Silver and Black will travel to Los Angeles to face the Rams, marking the first meeting between the two clubs in Los Angeles since the Rams returned in 2016.

The Silver and Black will then host the Packers for their third preseason game, the third time since 2014 that the Packers and Raiders will play in the preseason. Oakland will finish up its preseason slate against the Seattle Seahawks for the 13th straight season. Nine of those 13 games to close the preseason have come in Seattle, but this will be the first time since 2015 that the Raiders have finished up the preseason at the Seahawks.

Broadcast information, times and specific dates will be announced at a later date.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Retain Five Exclusive Rights Free Agents

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

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS

Player                    Pos.    Ht.     Wt.    Exp.   College

Calhoun, Shilique        LB        6-4      250     3          Michigan State

Cowser, James           LB/DE 6-3      245     3          Southern Utah

Harris, Erik                  S          6-3      225     3          California (Pa.)

Kirkland, Denver        G/T     6-4      335     3          Arkansas

Tavecchio, Giorgio     K          5-10    180     2          California

Additionally, the Raiders have waived LS Andrew East.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign DE Armonty Bryant

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent DE Armonty Bryant, the club announced Friday.

Bryant was originally drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the seventh round (217th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. For his career, he has appeared in 36 games with four starts with the Browns and Detroit Lions, totaling 44 tackles, 11.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

The 6-foot-4, 265-pounder did not appear in a game in 2017, but played in five games for the Lions in 2016, recording three sacks and one forced fumble. In 2015, he set career highs with 14 games played and 5.5 sacks for the Browns.

A native of Wichita Falls, Texas, Bryant appeared in 30 games over three seasons at East Central University and totaled 165 tackles and 27.5 sacks over his career. His 27.5 career sacks set a school record.

Press Release Courtesy of the Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Sign CB Senquez Golson

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent CB Senquez Golson, the club announced Friday.

Golson, 24, joins the Silver and Black after spending time on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad in 2017. Originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round (56th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft, Golson spent his first two seasons with the club on the Reserve/Injured List due to a shoulder and foot injury.

A native of Pascagoula, Miss., the 5-foot-9, 176-pound cornerback played four years at Mississippi (2011-14), appearing in 49 games and making 33 starts, totaling 136 tackles and 16 interceptions. His 16 interceptions were tied for third-most in school history upon his departure, and he earned unanimous first-team All-American honors as a senior in 2014.

Press Release Courtesy of the  Oakland Raiders Media Relations