SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Dec. 9,
2013) - The Sacramento Kings today acquired forwards Rudy Gay and Quincy
Acy along with center Aaron Gray from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for
guard Greivis Vasquez and forwards John Salmons, Patrick Patterson and
Chuck Hayes, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro.
“We’re excited to welcome these additions to our team,” said
D’Alessandro. “In Rudy we’ve acquired one of the league’s proven
while Aaron and Quincy provide size and depth in our frontcourt. We also
appreciate the contributions and efforts that John, Chuck, Greivis and
Patrick made to the Kings organization. We all wish them the very best
Originally selected eighth overall by Houston in the 2006 NBA
Draft, Gay has accrued averages of 18.0 points (.447 FG%, .344 3pt%, .777
FT%), 5.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.41 steals and 36.1 minutes per game in
530 career contests spanning eight professional campaigns with Memphis
(2006-07 – 2012-13) and Toronto (2012-13 – 2013-14). Through 18 contests
with the Raptors this season, he registered 19.4 points (.388 FG%, .373
3pt%, .773 FT%), 7.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.56 steals, 1.28 blocks and
35.5 minutes per game, leading the team in blocks and ranking second in
scoring, rebounding and steals.
Gray, a 7-foot center, has posted averages of 3.5 points
(.515 FG%, .562 FT%), 3.8 rebounds and 12.3 minutes per game in 285 career
appearances with Chicago (2007-08 – 2009-10), New Orleans (2009-10), and
Toronto (2011-12 – 2013-14). Drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the second
round (49th overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft, he has played for three teams
in a six-year NBA career (Chicago 2007-08 – 2009-10, New Orleans 2009-10,
Toronto 2011-12 – 2013-14). Gray saw action in just four games this
In Acy, Sacramento receives the 37th overall selection in the
2012 NBA Draft, who has averaged 3.8 points (.539 FG%, .429 3pt%, .783
FT%), 2.6 rebounds and 11.2 minutes per game over 36 career games in two
seasons with the Raptors. This season, he has seen action in seven
contests as a reserve, posting 2.7 points (.429 FG%, .400 3pt%, .625 FT%),
2.1 rebounds and 8.8 minutes per game.
An 11-year veteran who was in his second stint with the
Kings, Salmons is averaging 9.8 points (.434 FG%, .365 3pt%, .801 FT%),
3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 27.2 minutes per game in 814 career games
with Philadelphia (2002-03 – 2005-06), Sacramento (2006-07 – 2008-09 and
2011-12 – 2013-14), Chicago (2008-09 – 2009-10), and Milwaukee (2009-10 –
2010-11). Through 18 games (started eight) this season, he has posted 5.8
points (.350 FG%, .381 3pt%, 7-7 FT), 2.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 24.7
minutes per contest.
Vasquez, who was acquired during the offseason in a
three-team trade by Sacramento from New Orleans in exchange for guard
Tyreke Evans, averaged 9.8 points (.433 FG%, .320 3pt%, .938 FT%), 1.9
rebounds, a team-high 5.3 assists and 25.8 minutes per game in starting
all 18 games for the Kings this season. In his four NBA campaigns with
Memphis (2010-11), New Orleans (2011-12 – 2012-13) and Sacramento, Vasquez
is averaging 9.0 points (.429 FG%, .325 3pt%, .818 FT%), 2.7 rebounds, 5.6
assists and 24.6 minutes per game in 232 career contests. Born in
Venezuela, he was drafted by the Grizzlies out of Maryland with the 28th
overall selection of the 2010 NBA Draft.
Signed by the Kings as a free agent on December 23, 2011,
Hayes is averaging averaging 4.0 points (.502 FG%, .612 FT%), 5.3
rebounds, 1.3 assists and 19.3 minutes per game in 568 career contests
with Houston (2005-06 – 2010-11) and Sacramento (2011-12 – 2013-14).
Through 16 games this season, he has registered 2.1 points (.438 FG%, .714
FT%), 2.9 rebounds and 11.2 minutes per game, including one start.
Patterson, acquired by the Kings last season in a
multi-player trade with Houston, has accrued averages of 6.9 points (.410
FG%, .231 3pt%, .563 FT%), a career-high 5.8 rebounds and 24.4 minutes per
game in 17 games (started six) this season. Drafted by the Rockets in the
first round (14th overall) in the 2010 NBA Draft, he has amassed career
averages of 8.2 points (.488 FG%, .341 3pt%, .713 FT%), 4.5 rebounds and
22.3 minutes per game in 204 contests in four seasons with Houston
(2010-11 – 2012-13) and Sacramento (2012-13 – 2013-14).
RAIDERS ANNOUNCE ROSTER MOVES
ALAMEDA, Calif. (Dec. 7,
2013) - The Oakland Raiders have signed CB Chance Casey, S Shelton Johnson
and LB Marshall McFadden to the active roster from the practice squad,
General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Saturday.
Chance Casey: Casey has been on the Raiders’ practice squad
since being signed to it Sept. 2. He originally signed as an undrafted
agent with Oakland in May, and was waived at the end of training camp.
During his collegiate career at Baylor, Casey appeared in 43
games (33 starts) over his years, seeing time at both cornerback and
safety. He registered 212 tackles, three interceptions, 18 passes defensed,
and three forced fumbles.
Shelton Johnson: Johnson has spent the entire season on
Oakland’s practice squad since being signed to it Sept. 2. He originally
signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in April, and was
waived at the end of training camp.
Johnson was a two-year starter at the University of
Wisconsin, seeing action in 46 games (23 starts). Over his career, the
6-foot, 197-pounder totaled 125 tackles (66 solo), four interceptions, one
forced fumble and 12 passes defensed. The Carrollton, Texas native was
also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2010-12) and 2012 Big Ten
Sportsmanship Award winner.
Marshall McFadden: McFadden was signed to the Raiders’
practice squad Sept. 2, after being waived by the Pittsburgh Steelers at
the end of training camp. He originally signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers’
offseason roster in Jan. 2012. Following being waived on Aug. 31, 2012, he
was signed to the Steelers’ practice squad, where he spent most of the
season. McFadden was signed to Pittsburgh’s active roster for the Nov. 18
game vs. Baltimore, seeing action on special teams and recording his first
career special teams tackle. He was not on an NFL roster in 2011.
McFadden started 49 games over his collegiate career
(2005-10) at South Carolina State, totaling more than 300 tackles, 30
tackles for loss, 10 sacks, three interceptions, four forced fumbles and
three fumble recoveries. He was named second team All-MEAC in 2008 and
received medical redshirts in 2007 and 2009.
In corresponding moves, the Raiders placed LB Kaluka Maiava
and S Usama Young on Reserve/Injured and waived DL Brian Sanford.
Usama Young: In his first season with the Silver and Black,
Young played in 12 games (1 start at SS) and played a key role on special
teams and defense. Young totaled 27 defensive tackles (19 solo), 2.5 sacks
(leading the secondary), one interception and two passes defensed. He also
added six special teams tackles.
Kaluka Maiava: Also in his first season with Oakland, Maiava
appeared in nine games (one start), recording 25 tackles (nine solo). The
fifth-year pro also added one special teams tackle while playing a key
role on all special teams units.
GIANTS RE-SIGN RHP RYAN VOGELSONG
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Dec.
4, 2013) - The San Francisco Giants have re-signed right-handed pitcher
Ryan Vogelsong to a one-year contract, club Senior Vice President and
General Manager Brian Sabean announced today. Per club policy, financial
terms were not disclosed.
Vogelsong, 36, spent his third consecutive campaign with San Francisco
last season and went 4-6 with a 5.73 ERA in 19 starts. He missed nearly
three months of the season with a fractured right hand, suffered when he
was hit by a pitch by the Nationals’ Craig Stammen on May 20. Following
his return from the disabled list, he went 2-2 with a 4.55 ERA in his
final 10 starts.
The 2011 All-Star and Giants “Willie Mac” award winner has
posted a 31-25 record with a 3.71 ERA in 97 games (78 starts) in parts of
five seasons in a Giants uniform. Overall, he’s gone 41-44 with a 4.52 ERA
in 200 games (111 starts) with San Francisco (2000-01, 2011-13) and
A'S AGREE TO TERMS WITH KAZMIR
OAKLAND, Calif. (Dec. 4,
2013) - The Oakland A’s agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Scott
Kazmir on a two-year contract through the 2015 season, the club announced
today. A move to clear a spot on the 40-man roster will be announced
Kazmir went 10-9 with a 4.04 ERA in 29 starts with Cleveland
last year. He averaged 2.68 walks per nine innings, which was the lowest mark
of his career, and added 162 strikeouts in 158.0 innings for a
strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.45, which was the highest figure of his
career. Kazmir, who turns 30 in January, allowed a .262 opponents batting
average, including .226 against left-handed hitters. The left-hander
posted a 5.89 ERA over his first 11 starts before going 7-5 with a 3.06
ERA over his final 18 starts for the AL Wild Card Indians.
Kazmir was originally picked by the New York Mets in the
first round of the 2002 draft but was traded to Tampa Bay at the trading
deadline in 2004. He made his Major League debut with the Rays that year
and went 55-44 with a 3.92 ERA in 145 games, including 144 starts, in six
seasons with Tampa Bay from 2004-09. A two-time All-Star in 2006 and 2008,
Kazmir was dealt to the Los Angeles Angels late during the 2009 season and
went 11-17 with a 5.31 ERA in 35 starts with the Angels from 2009-11. He
made just one start with Los Angeles in 2011 before going on the disabled
with a lower back strain. After being released June 15 of that year,
Kazmir spent the 2012 season with Sugar Land of the independent Atlantic
League, where he went 3-6 with a 5.34 ERA in 14 starts. He owns a 76-70
career record and 4.16 ERA in 209 games, 208 starts, in nine seasons in
A'S ACQUIRE RHP LUKE GREGERSON
OAKLAND, Calif. (Dec. 3,
2013) - The Oakland A’s have acquired right-handed pitcher Luke Gregerson
from the San Diego Padres for outfielder Seth Smith, the club announced
Gregerson was 6-8 with four saves and a 2.71 ERA in 73 relief
appearances with San Diego last year. He held the opposition to a .203
batting average, including .192 against right-handed hitters. First
batters faced hit .186 with a .219 on-base percentage, which was seventh
lowest in the National League. The 29-year-old right-hander made his Major
League debut with San Diego in 2009 and has appeared in at least 60 games
for the Padres in each of the last five seasons, compiling a 2.88 ERA in
363 relief appearances. Gregerson ranks second in San Diego history in
career relief appearances and third in games pitched. Since 2009, he has
the second lowest opponents slugging percentage among ML relievers with
300 or more innings pitched (.318) and the fifth lowest ERA, opponents
batting average (.213) and opponents on-base percentage (.280).
Smith batted .253 with eight home runs and 40 RBI in 117
games in his second season with the A’s in 2013. His home runs and RBI
were his fewest in his five full Major League seasons and his .391
slugging percentage was a career low. The 31-year-old left-handed hitter
made 84 of his 97 starts against right-handed pitching. Smith was acquired
from Colorado prior to the 2012 season and is a .265 career hitter with 73
home runs and 273 RBI in 729 games in seven seasons with the Rockies and
REPUBLIC SIGNS RODRIGO LOPEZ
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Dec. 3,
2013) - Sacramento Republic FC announced the signing of midfielder Rodrigo
Lopez, pending league approval. Lopez is the first player to be signed by
the club for its 2014 inaugural season in the United Soccer League (USL
PRO). The first regular season home match is tentatively scheduled to take
place in April 2014.
“It is a significant signing, because it’s our first signing,” said
Sacramento Republic FC Technical Director Graham Smith. “What is great
about RoRo is I have been privileged to work with him over the years and
see his talent only improve over the years. I know he will flourish at
Republic FC with his passing skills and as a set piece specialist.”
Lopez’s career includes four years in Major League Soccer
(MLS), two years in USL PRO as well as experience on U.S. U-18 and U-20
teams. He brings a total of 10 years professional soccer experience to the
club. During the 2013 season, he was second in assists as a midfielder for
L.A. Blues (USL PRO) tallying 11 assists in 23 matches and received MVP
honors in the 2009 PDL Championship while playing for the Ventura Fusion.
Lopez’s professional career began in 2005 when he signed with Chivas USA
at the age of 18 and played for current Sacramento Republic FC coach,
Predrag “Preki” Radosavlijević. In 2009, he played with the then USL
Portland Timbers, helping the club to a 2009 USL First Division regular
season title. He returned to the Timbers in 2011 to play for the franchise
during its first year in MLS. He played for Orlando City (USL PRO) in
2012. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Lopez grew up in Harbor City, Calif.
"I am honored to be part of something so special as a new
club,” stated Rodrigo Lopez. “I want to thank ownership, Graham Smith and
Preki for this opportunity. These people know the game of futbol and I
know the city of Sacramento is in for a great ride. I want to help build a
winning franchise. Lastly, I want to thank my family and friends who have
supported me all the way. Can’t wait to get on the pitch wearing a
Sacramento Republic FC crest!”
The Sacramento region contains one of the strongest soccer
communities in the United States, with over 95,000 youth and adult
participants, as well as successful high school and collegiate programs.
The market consistently ranked in the top 10 for ESPN/ABC Nielsen ratings
during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and in the top six for Hispanic or Latino
markets. In 2002, Time Magazine named Sacramento “America’s Most Diverse
MCLEMORE NAMED WC ROOKIE OF MONTH
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Dec. 3,
2013) - Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore was named the Western
Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in November, it was
announced today by the NBA.
For the month, McLemore averaged 9.1 points (.378 FG%, .350 3pt%, .810
FT%), 2.9 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 22.8 minutes per game in 14 contests,
of which he started eight. He scored in double-figures on six occasions,
including a career-high 19 points at Golden State on Nov. 2. McLemore is
currently tied with Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams for first among
rookies in three-pointers made (21) and paced all Western Conference
rookies in scoring, three-point field goal percentage, free throw
percentage and minutes per game during the month. Among all rookies league
wide, he ranked third in scoring, second in three-point field goal
percentage, third in free throw percentage and fourth in minutes per game.
McLemore becomes the fifth Kings player to win the monthly
rookie honor. Current teammate Isaiah Thomas was the last Sacramento
rookie to earn the distinction when he was named Western Conference Rookie
of the Month for games played in March 2012.
A'S ACQUIRE GENTRY, LINDBLOM
OAKLAND, Calif. (Dec. 3,
2013) - The Oakland A’s acquired outfielder Craig Gentry and right-handed
pitcher Josh Lindblom from the Texas in exchange for outfielder Michael
Choice and minor league infielder Chris Bostick.
Gentry batted .280 with two home runs and 22 RBI in 106 games
with Texas last year. He established career-highs in runs (39), triples
(4), home runs, walks (29) and stolen bases (24). Gentry was 24-for-27
(88.9%) in stolen base attempts, which was the third best percentage in
the American League and sixth best in Rangers history. The 30-year-old
right-handed hitter started 49 games in center field and 20 in left field
and also went 6-for-22 (.273) with six walks as a pinch hitter. He was
originally drafted by the Rangers in the 10th round of the 2006 draft and
is a .280 career hitter in 323 games over the last five seasons, including
.292 with 37 stolen bases in 228 games over the last two years.
Lindblom was 1-3 with a 5.46 ERA in eight games, including
five starts, over three stints with Texas in 2013. The starts were his
first as a Major Leaguer and his first at any level since 2010 at Triple-A
Albuquerque. He also went 8-4 with a 3.08 ERA in 20 games, 18 starts, with
Triple-A Round Rock. With the Express, he held the opposition to a .214
batting average, including .207 against left-handed hitters and .184 with
runners in scoring position. The 26-year-old right-hander made his ML
debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011 and is 5-8 with a 3.82 ERA in
109 games, including five starts, in three seasons with Los Angeles
(2011-12), Philadelphia (2012) and Texas (2013).
Choice made his Major League debut with the A’s last
September and went 5-for-18 (.278) with a double and a walk in nine games.
He spent the balance of the season at Triple-A Sacramento where he batted
a career-high .302 with 14 home runs and a career-high 89 RBI in 132
games. The 24-year-old right-handed hitter also had career-highs in games,
at bats (510), runs (90), hits (154), doubles (29), walks (69) and on-base
percentage (.390). Choice was the A’s first round draft pick in 2010 and
is a .290 career hitter with 61 home runs and 255 RBI in 371 games over
four seasons in the minors.
Bostick spent the entire 2013 season at Single-A Beloit where
he batted .282 with 14 home runs and 89 RBI in 129 games. He added 51
walks for a .354 on-base percentage and stole 25 bases. Bostick was
originally drafted by the A’s in the 44th round of the 2011 draft and has
a .282 average in 213 games over three seasons in the minors.
BILLY BEANE NAMED EXECUTIVE-OF-YEAR
OAKLAND, Calif. (Dec. 3,
2013) - Billy Beane, who two years ago reinvented an Oakland A’s club that
has posted 194 wins and back-to-back AL West Division titles over the past
two seasons, has been named Baseball
2013 Major League Baseball Executive of the Year. It marks the second time
Oakland’s vice president and general manager has won the publication’s
award, as he also was named Executive of the Year in 2002.
Following a 74-88 season in 2011, Beane directed a major
overhaul to the A’s roster in 2012 by trading away three All-Star pitchers
(Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill and Andrew Bailey) to acquire numerous young
players who have played prominent roles in the A’s resurgence.
He also added Jed Lowrie via trade prior to last season and
the veteran switch-hitter became one of the best hitting shortstops in the
American League. Despite featuring one of the league’s lowest payrolls,
Oakland registered a 96-66 record this past season in making its second
straight playoff appearance. The 2012 club claimed the divisional flag on
the final day of the regular season, finishing one game ahead of Texas
with a 94-68 mark by beating the Rangers in Game 162.
Besides his Baseball America honors, Beane has also been
selected The Sporting News’ Executive of the Year twice, in 1999 and 2012.
A'S ACQUIRE JOHNSON FROM ORIOLES
OAKLAND, Calif. (Dec. 2,
2013) - The Oakland A’s have acquired Baltimore Orioles closer Jim Johnson
in exchange for infielder Jemile Weeks and a player to be named later, it
was announced by the club this evening.
Johnson, 30, has saved a Major League-leading 101 games over the past two
seasons. He was 3-8 with 50 saves in 59 opportunities and a 2.94 ERA in
2013. The 6-6, 240-pound righthander posted a 2-1 mark with a club-record
51 saves in 54 opportunities and a 2.49 ERA in 2012 for the Orioles,
earning an American League All-Star selection and the AL Rolaids Relief
Man Award. He led the majors in saves in both 2012 and 2013
Pitching parts of six seasons with Baltimore, Johnson owns a
18-26 record and 3.11 ERA. He garnered 122 saves in 150 opportunities.
Weeks, the A’s first-round selection in the 2008 First-Player
Draft, batted .271 with 19 doubles, 10 triples, four home runs and 40 RBI
in 130 games for Triple-A Sacramento last season and tied for the team
lead in stolen bases with 17 in 19 attempts. A September call-up in 2013,
the switch-hitting infielder hit .111 (1 for 9) in eight games with
Oakland. He played parts of the past three seasons with the Major League
club. His best season came as a rookie in 2011 when he batted .303 with 26
doubles, eight triples, two homers and 36 RBI while stealing 22 bases in
A'S AGREE TO TERMS WITH RODRIGUEZ
OAKLAND, Calif. (Dec. 2,
2013) - The Oakland A’s agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Fernando
Rodriguez on a one-year contract for the 2014 season, the club announced
today. Rodriguez was one of
arbitration eligible players on the A’s roster. All the remaining unsigned
players on the A’s roster have been tendered contracts for the 2014
Rodriguez was acquired by the A’s from Houston along with Jed
Lowrie for Chris Carter, Brad Peacock and Max Stassi on Feb. 4, 2013. He
posted a 10.13 ERA in four spring training appearances before going on the
disabled list March 23 with a sprained right elbow. The 29-year-old
right-hander underwent successful UCL reconstruction surgery on the elbow
March 27. The procedure was performed by Dr. Thomas Mehlhoff at the Texas
Orthopedic Hospital in Houston, Texas. Rodriguez is 4-13 with a 4.89 ERA
in 119 career relief appearances with the Los Angeles Angels (2009) and
Houston Astros (2011-12).
SACRAMENTO REPUBLIC TO SIGN 1ST
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Dec. 2, 2013) - Sacramento Republic FC will host its
one-year anniversary celebration at Hot Italian in Sacramento by hosting
the signing of its first player, midfielder Rodrigo Lopez. Lopez is one of
two players that will sign with the club this week. His career includes
stints with Portland Timbers (MLS), Chivas USA (MLS), Orlando City (USL
PRO), L.A. Blues (USL PRO) and Ventura County Fusion (PDL).
The event also celebrates the one-year anniversary of the
club’s formation. Sacramento Republic FC, formerly Sacramento Professional
Soccer, was launched on December 3, 2012 at a press conference that
included USL PRO president Tim Holt, Mayor Kevin Johnson, local leaders
and fans. Tuesday’s event returns to the original site of the launch
event, Hot Italian in midtown Sacramento. Event is open to the public.
Club will also be debuting the first in a series of club scarves.
NINERS SIGN BETHEL-THOMPSON TO
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Nov.
27, 2013) - The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have signed QB
McLeod Bethel-Thompson to the practice squad. To make room for
Bethel-Thompson on the practice squad, the team released LB D’Aundre Reed.
Bethel-Thompson (6-3, 230) was recently waived by the 49ers on November
26, 2013. He spent the previous six games on San Francisco’s 53-man
roster, but was inactive for each game.
He originally entered the league as a rookie free agent with
the 49ers in 2011. Bethel-Thompson was released following training camp
and later signed to the Miami Dolphins practice squad. He was then signed
by the Minnesota Vikings on January 13, 2012, and was inactive for each
game that season. Bethel-Thompson was waived by the Vikings on October 8,
2013 and claimed by San Francisco the following day.
Reed (6-4, 260) was signed to the team’s practice squad on
September 24, 2013.
KINGS RECALL MCCALLUM FROM RENO
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Nov.
27, 2013) - The Sacramento Kings have recalled rookie guard Ray McCallum
from the team’s NBA Development League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns, it
was announced today by General Manager Pete D’Alessandro.
Assigned to the Bighorns on November 21, McCallum averaged a
team-high 22.0 points (.455 FG%, .308 3pt%, .667 FT%), 5.0 rebounds, 3.7
assists, 1.33 steals and a team-high 38.0 minutes per game in three
contests. McCallum led the Bighorns in scoring in all three games he
played in, scoring at least 16 points in each contest. In his first
professional game, he tallied 28 points (12-19 FG, 3-4 3pt, 1-3 FT), a
team-high seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in 41 minutes at
Sioux Falls on November 22.
GIANTS RE-SIGN JAVIER LOPEZ
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Nov.
26, 2013) - The San Francisco Giants have re-signed left-handed relief
pitcher Javier Lopez to a three-year contract, club Senior Vice President
and General Manager Brian Sabean announced today. Per club policy,
financial terms were not disclosed.
Lopez, 36, went 4-2 with one save and a career-best 1.83 ERA (8er, 39.1ip)
in a team-high 69 relief appearances in his third full campaign with San
Francisco last season. He struck out 8.5 batters per 9.0 innings and
allowed just 2.7 walks per 9.0 frames, primarily working as a lefty
specialist. He held left-handed batters to a .156 batting average, which
ranked as the seventh-lowest figure among NL pitchers (minimum of 80
batters faced). Lopez also inherited the fourth-most runners in the NL
(57) and allowed just 10.5% to score (6-of-57), which ranked as the lowest
percentage in the league.
Lopez has spent the last three and a half seasons with the
Giants after being acquired from the Pirates at the trade deadline in 2010
in exchange for OF John Bowker and RHP Joe Martinez. In his three-plus
seasons in a Giants uniform he’s gone 14-4 with a 2.26 ERA (37er, 147.1ip)
in 236 relief appearances.
Overall, the 11-year veteran has posted a career record of
27-13 with a 3.64 ERA along with 13 saves in 629 relief outings with
Colorado (2003-05), Arizona (2005), Boston (2006-09), Pittsburgh (2010)
and San Francisco (2010-13).
49ERS ACTIVATE CRABTREE, WAIVE QB
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Nov.
26, 2013) - The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have activated WR
Michael Crabtree from the team’s Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform
List. To make room for Crabtree on the roster, the team has waived QB
Crabtree (6-1, 214) was placed on the Reserve/PUP List on August 27, 2013.
He later returned to practice on November 5.
Originally selected by the 49ers in the first round (10th
overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft, Crabtree has played in 58 career games (56
starts). As a 49er, he has tallied 260 receptions for 3,345 yards and 21
touchdowns. In 2012, Crabtree started all 16 regular season games and set
career-highs with 85 receptions for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns.
Bethel-Thompson (6-3, 230) was claimed off waivers from the
Minnesota Vikings on October 9, 2013, and has been inactive each of the
49ers last six games.
KINGS ACQUIRE DERRICK WILLIAMS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Nov.
26, 2013) - The Sacramento Kings announced today the acquisition of
forward Derrick Williams from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for
forward Luc Mbah a Moute (BAH-ah MOO-tay), according to Kings General
Manager Pete D’Alessandro.
“We’re excited to acquire a player with Derrick’s skillset,” said
D’Alessandro. “He will add size, length and serve as a scoring threat in
our frontcourt. We also want to thank Luc for his contributions during the
short time he was a King. We wish him the best.”
Williams, a 6-8, 240-pound forward, is averaging 4.9 points
(35.2 FG%, 13.3 3pt%, 87.5 FT%), 2.4 rebounds and 14.7 minutes per game in
11 games off the bench this season. Selected by Minnesota with the second
overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, Williams is averaging 10.1 points
(42.0 FG%, 29.8 3pt%, 70.8 FT%), 4.9 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 22.6
minutes per game in 155 career games in three seasons, all with Minnesota.
Mbah a Moute was acquired by the Kings from the Milwaukee
Bucks in exchange for two future second-round picks on July 12, 2013. This
season, Mbah a Moute is posting 4.4 points (46.9 FG%, 33.3 3pt%, 69.2
FT%), 3.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.00 steals and 21.8 minutes per game in
nine games of which five he started for the Kings this season. Mbah a
Moute has career averages of 6.8 points (46.0 FG%, 29.2 3pt%, 67.9 FT%),
5.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 25.0 minutes per game in 344 contests over
six NBA seasons with Milwaukee (2008-09 – 2012-13) and Sacramento
(2013-14). The 6-8, 230-pound forward from Cameroon was selected by the
Bucks in the second round (37th overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft.
A'S ACQUIRE ABAD FROM WASHINGTON
OAKLAND, Calif. (Nov. 25,
2013) - The Oakland Athletics have acquired left-handed pitcher Fernando
Abad from the Washington Nationals in exchange for minor league outfielder
John Wooten, the team announced today. The A’s 40-man roster currently
stands at 39 players.
Abad was 0-3 with a 3.35 ERA in 39 relief appearances for
Washington in 2013. The 27-year-old native of the Dominican Republic
walked just 10 batters, an average of 2.39 per nine innings, and
surrendered just three home runs. His opponents had a .271 batting
average, including a .247 mark against right-handed hitters. Abad was also
1-0 with a 1.06 ERA in 17 relief outings with Triple-A Syracuse.
Wooten batted .257 with 20 home runs and 69 RBI in 133 games
with Single-A Beloit in 2013. He was selected by the A’s in the 37th round
of the 2012 draft.
NINERS SIGN BROCK TO EXTENSION
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Nov.
22, 2013) - The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have signed CB
Tramaine Brock to a four-year contract extension through the 2017 season.
“Tramaine is a great example of what hard work and dedication
can lead to,” said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. “He has taken
of his opportunities since signing with our team as an undrafted free
agent in 2010 and has certainly earned this extension. Extending the
contracts of our young and talented players has always been, and will
continue to be, one of our primary goals.”
After serving as a core special teams players and key reserve
for the 49ers the last three seasons, Brock (5-10, 197) capitalized on his
opportunity this season and increased his role in the team’s secondary. In
his first-career start on October 6, 2013, against the Houston Texans,
Brock registered two interceptions, returning one for his first career
touchdown. He was rewarded for his performance with NFC Defensive Player
of the Week honors. Brock went on to record four interceptions over a
Brock was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent
by the 49ers in 2010, and went on to earn a spot on the team’s opening day
roster. In 40 career games, he has registered 34 tackles, six
interceptions, 14 passes defensed and one touchdown. Brock has also made
an impact on the special teams units, notching 22 tackles and one forced
fumble during his career. In 2012, Brock led the special teams unit with
A 25-year-old native of Gulfport, MS, Brock initially spent
two seasons at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College before
transferring to the University of Minnesota for one season. He finished
his collegiate career at Belhaven University in Jackson, MS, where his
jersey is retired as the only player in the history of the school’s
program to have played in the NFL.
SIZEMORE HEADS TO FREE AGENCY
OAKLAND, Calif. (Nov. 21,
2013) - The Oakland Athletics announced today that infielder Scott
Sizemore has cleared waivers and elected free agency. The A’s 40-man
roster currently stands at 38 players.
Sizemore was 1 for 6 with a double in two games with the A’s
before he was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 10 with a sprained
left knee. An MRI revealed a torn left anterior cruciate ligament and he
underwent successful ACL revision surgery April 16. He was transferred to
the 60-day disabled list April 22. It was Sizemore’s second career stint
on the disabled list as he also missed the entire 2012 season after
tearing the ACL in his left knee in the team’s first full-squad workout
Feb. 27 in Phoenix.
KINGS ASSIGN McCALLUM TO RENO
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Nov.
21, 2013) - The Sacramento Kings have assigned rookie guard Ray McCallum
to the team’s NBA Development League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns, it was
announced today by General Manager Pete D’Alessandro.
McCallum, selected in the second round (36th overall) of the
2013 NBA Draft, has not seen action in the Kings’ 11 games this season. He
averaged 3.8 points, 1.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.20 steals and 12.2
minutes per game in five games off the bench for the Kings in the
preseason. He is reunited with former Kings training camp players Brandon
Heath, DeQuan Jones and Trent Lockett.
The Bighorns open the 2013-14 season with back-to-back games
at Sioux Falls on Friday (November 22) and Saturday (November 23).
A'S ADD RAUL ALCANTARA TO ROSTER
OAKLAND, Calif. (Nov. 20,
2013) - The Oakland A’s selected right-handed pitcher Raul Alcantara from
Single-A Stockton, the club announced today.
Alcantara combined for a 12-6 record and a 3.11 ERA in 27 starts with the
A’s Single-A affiliates at Beloit and Stockton in 2013. He tied for second
in the A’s farm system in wins, ranked third in ERA, fourth in innings
(156.1) and fifth in strikeouts (124). The 20-year-old native of the
Dominican Republic walked just 24 batters, an average of 1.38 per nine
innings, and surrendered 11 home runs. Alcantara was originally signed by
Boston as a non-drafted free agent July 2, 2009 and was traded to the A’s
with Josh Reddick and Miles Head for Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney,
December 28, 2011. He is 24-24 with a 3.51 ERA in 80 games, 70 starts, in
four professional seasons.
GIANTS SIGN HUDSON FOR TWO YEARS
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Nov.
19, 2013) - The San Francisco Giants have signed three-time All-Star Tim
Hudson to a two-year contract, club Senior Vice President and General
Manager Brian Sabean announced today. Per club policy, financial terms
were not disclosed.
Hudson, 38, is a 15-year Major League veteran having played six seasons
with the Oakland Athletics (1999-2004) and his last nine with the Atlanta
Braves (2005-2013). During his 15-season career, Hudson has established
himself as one of baseball’s most consistent pitchers.
He went 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA (58er, 131.1ip) in 21 starts last
season for the Braves. He missed the last two-plus months of the season
after the Mets’ Eric Young Jr., who was trying to beat a throw to first
base, accidentally stepped on Hudson’s leg above the ankle, resulting in a
fracture that ended his season. However, prior to his injury, he had gone
4-3 with a 2.73 ERA (21er, 69.1ip) and a 50-to-19 strikeout/walk ratio
over a span of his final 10 starts from June 1 through July 24.
A three-time All-Star (2000, 2004, 2010), Hudson has gone
205-111 (.649) in 427 games (426 starts) throughout his career and is one
of three active pitchers with 200-plus victories, joining CC Sabathia
(205) and Roy Halladay (203). His .649 winning percentage ranks as the
third-best among active pitchers behind Halladay (.659) and Jered Weaver
(.653). Hudson has won 15-or-more games in eight of his 15 seasons and has
posted a sub-4.00 ERA in 13 of 15 campaigns.
He was named the 2010 Major League Baseball Comeback Player
of the Year after going 17-9 with a 2.83 ERA in 34 starts for the Braves.
Hudson has been to the postseason six times throughout his
career (2000-03 with Oakland and 2005, 2010 with Atlanta), going 1-3 with
a 3.46 ERA (21er, 54.2ip) in 10 games (nine starts).
RIVER CATS TO GIVE AWAY GNOMES
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif.
(Nov. 18, 2013) - In keeping with the team’s “Home Grown” theme for the
upcoming 2014 season, the Sacramento River Cats will give away five garden
gnomes of former River Cats players, as decided by a fan vote.
The “Home Grown” theme for the 2014 season highlights the pride that River
Cats fans take in the team’s contribution to developing
championship-caliber players as a part of the Oakland Athletics
To guarantee receipt of the entire garden gnome giveaway set,
fans are encouraged to purchase a Super Pack which also includes a ticket
to Opening Day, the July 3 Independence Day Celebration, Mother’s Day,
Father’s Day and 10 fireworks shows. If purchased separately, these
tickets would cost $521, while the Super Pack costs only $225 per seat.
Voting will take place online at www.rivercats.com in
February, where River Cats fans will have the opportunity to decide which
five former River Cats players will be turned into gnomes. A year ago,
River Cats fans voted on the team’s bobblefield giveaway—a nine-part
bobblehead series featuring the best former River Cats at each position.
In the meantime, fans are encouraged to visit
www.rivercats.com for more information on the giveaway and the Super Pack.
A'S AGREE TO TERMS WITH NICK PUNTO
OAKLAND, Calif. (Nov. 13,
2013) - The Oakland A’s agreed to terms with infielder Nick Punto on a
one-year contract for the 2014 season with a vesting option for 2015, the
club announced today.
Punto batted .255 with two home runs and 21 RBI in 116 games with the Los
Angeles Dodgers in 2013. He started 33 games at shortstop, 21 at second
base and 17 at third base. The 36-year-old switch hitter batted .309
against left-handed pitching compared to .228 against right-handers. Punto
also went 2-for-6 (.333) with a double in five NLCS games against St.
Punto is a .248 career hitter in 13 seasons with Philadelphia
(2001-03), Minnesota (2004-10), St. Louis (2011), Boston (2012) and the
Dodgers (2012-13). He was drafted by the Phillies in the 21st round of the
1998 draft but appeared in just 77 games over three seasons before he was
traded to the Twins following the 2003 campaign. Punto had his best season
with Minnesota in 2006 when he batted a career-high .290 with a
career-best 45 RBI. He signed free agent deals with the Cardinals and Red
Sox before he was traded to the Dodgers in a nine-player trade Aug. 25,
2012. Punto has played every position except pitcher and catcher in his
career and has seen his most action at third base (358 games), second base
(356) and shortstop (320). He was a member of the 2011 World Champion St.
Louis Cardinals and has appeared on a postseason roster five times in his
RIVER CATS COACHING STAFF REMAINS
INTACT FOR 2014 SEASON
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif.
(Nov. 12, 2013) - The entire Sacramento River Cats coaching staff—manager
Steve Scarsone, hitting coach Greg Sparks, pitching coach Rick Rodriguez,
and athletic trainer Brad LaRosa—will return for the 2014 season, the
Oakland Athletics announced Tuesday.
Scarsone returns as skipper after piloting the River Cats to a 79-65
record in 2013—his first season in Sacramento. Though the team missed the
playoffs last year for the first time since 2006, its regular season
record was the third-best in the Pacific Coast League. In seven seasons as
a minor league manager, Scarsone has a 489-489 (.500) record, including
stints with Double-A Midland from 2011-12, Single-A Advanced Stockton in
2010, and Single-A Kane County in 2009.
2014 will be Sparks’ third consecutive season as Sacramento’s
hitting coach after spending the previous eight seasons as Oakland’s
roving hitting instructor. Prior to that, Sparks managed in the A’s minor
league system for six seasons, compiling a 359-352-1 (.505) record between
Double-A Midland (2003), Single-A Modesto (2000-02) and Single-A Southern
Oregon (1998-99). He earned Northwest League Co-Manager of the Year honors
in 1999 while with Southern Oregon.
Rodriguez—a Folsom, Calif. resident—returns for his 12th
season as pitching coach for the River Cats. He held the position from
2000-02, and again from 2004-10. From 2011-12, he served as the A’s
bullpen coach before returning to Sacramento in 2013. Drafted by Oakland
in the second round of the 1981 first-year player draft, Rodriguez spent
seven years in the A’s organization as a player, including two in the
majors. He also spent time in the big leagues with Cleveland (1988) and
San Francisco (1990).
LaRosa has served as Sacramento’s athletic trainer since 2008
and was named the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS)
PCL Trainer of the Year in 2012. Prior to joining the A’s organization,
LaRosa spent five seasons as an athletic trainer at the Double-A level
(three years with the St. Louis Cardinals organization, two years with the
Florida Marlins). He was named the Texas League Trainer of the Year in
2006 and 2007, and was also named the PBATS Minor League Athletic Trainer
of the Year in 2007.
Sacramento’s 2014 campaign begins on the road on April 3,
with the home opener coming on Friday, April 11 at Raley Field as the team
looks to win its 12th division championship in its 15th season.
A'S ANNOUNCE 2014 SPRING TRAINING
OAKLAND, Calif. (Nov. 6,
2013) - Gunning for their third straight AL West title and postseason
appearance, the Oakland A’s will start anew Wednesday, Feb. 26 when Bob
Melvin’s club christens the 2014 Cactus League season against their
cross-bay rival San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium.
According to the Spring Training schedule released by the club today, the
A’s and Giants will play seven times in the preseason, including the
Cactus League opener and traditional three-game Bay Bridge Series in
Northern California March 27-29 which serves as the final tune-up before
the regular season for both clubs.
The A’s are offering exclusive travel packages, which include
game tickets (both home and away), choice of hotel and flight options,
exclusive pre-game meet and greets with private lunch, and custom A’s
merchandise. Details on travel packages, along with complete schedule and
ticket information, is available online at
www.oaklandathletics.com/spring. Single game tickets will go on sale
Friday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. by calling 1-877- 493-BALL (2255) or visiting
The 2014 Athletics will play 31 games in the desert this
spring before returning home for the Bay Bridge Series. Following an off
day March 30, Oakland will usher in the new campaign by hosting one of
last year’s AL Wild Card entries, the Cleveland Indians, on Opening Night
at the O.co Coliseum Monday, March 31 at 7:05 p.m.
The A’s will stage 15 home games at Phoenix Municipal Stadium
this spring, which will be their last year at the facility before
relocating their Spring Training and minor league operation to Mesa, Ariz.
in 2015. Oakland’s Phoenix Muni debut comes Thursday, Feb. 27, when they
host the Milwaukee Brewers. Other top home attractions include the
defending NL West Champion Los Angeles Dodgers Monday, March 3, a pair of
2013 Wild Card clubs in the Texas Rangers Saturday, March 1 and Saturday,
March 15 and the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday, March 25, and the traditional
St. Patrick’s Day contest against the Chicago Cubs Monday, March 17.
Besides the Cactus League opener, the A’s and Giants will
square off Feb. 28 at Phoenix Muni, and March 15 and 21 at Scottsdale
Stadium. The subsequent Bay Bridge Series features night games (7:15 p.m.)
at AT&T Park in San Francisco March 27 and 28, and an afternoon finale
(1:05 p.m.) at Oakland’s O.co Coliseum March 29.
Remaining home exhibition games in Phoenix include the
Brewers March 4, the Arizona Diamondbacks March 7, Chicago White Sox March
9, Kansas City Royals March 12, Colorado Rockies March 13 (the spring’s
only home night game at 7:05 p.m.), Seattle Mariners March 22, the Cubs
March 23 and the Los Angeles Angels March 26.
Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training Friday, Feb.
14 and participate in their first workout in Phoenix Feb. 15, while the
remainder of the team reports Wednesday, Feb. 19, with the first day of
full squad workouts Feb. 20.
All single game tickets will be priced dynamically and will
fluctuate based on factors affecting supply and demand. Suite and group
tickets can be booked by calling 602-392-0074 or emailing
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif.
(Nov. 5, 2013) - The 2014 Sacramento River Cats schedule—complete with
home start times—is now official as the club makes a run at its 12th
division championship in 15 seasons.
After finishing the 2013 season with the third-best record in the Pacific
Coast League, the River Cats embark on another 144-game slate including 72
home games at Raley Field. The team’s 2014 home schedule is highlighted by
a doubleheader on Sunday, April 13, and eight games against the PCL’s
newest team, the El Paso Chihuahuas. The River Cats will also have home
games on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and July 3. Other highlights include a
visit from the Triple-A National Champion Omaha Storm Chasers, 11 Friday
home games, 10 Saturday home games, and a stretch of 12 home games in 13
days in the middle of May.
The 2014 season will be Sacramento’s first in the Pacific
North Division, putting the team in the same division as the rival Reno
Aces and Tacoma Rainiers, along with long-time division foe Fresno
Grizzlies—the Triple-A Affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. As a result
of the division realignment, the River Cats now play the Albuquerque
Isotopes—Triple-A Affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers—16 times, and will
play the Colorado Springs Sky Sox just four times.
GIANTS ANNOUNCE 2014 HOME SPRING
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Nov.
4, 2013) - The San Francisco Giants announced their 2014 Cactus League
home schedule today. The Giants are scheduled to play 15 home games in
Arizona this spring with an additional two at AT&T Park against the
San Francisco’s home spring schedule will begin on Wednesday, February 26
at home versus the Oakland Athletics. The Giants, who have trained in
Scottsdale since 1982, will embark on their 32nd Spring Training at
Scottsdale Stadium. More than 168,000 fans witnessed the beginning of the
Giants 2013 season at Scottsdale Stadium last spring.
Manager Bruce Bochy and his Giants will host each of the
Cactus League clubs at least once, except for the Los Angeles Dodgers and
Texas Rangers. San Francisco will host three home games against the
Oakland Athletics and two against the Colorado Rockies.
The Giants will break camp from Arizona on March 26 and head
north to play two games against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park (March
27 and 28). The Giants are scheduled to begin their 2014 campaign at the
Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, March 31 and play their home opener also
against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, April 8.
Single game tickets for contests at Scottsdale Stadium will
go on-sale Thursday, January 9, 2014. Tickets may be purchased via phone
at 1-877-4SFGTIX, online at www.sfgiants.com, or in person at either the
Giants box office at AT&T Park or all Giants Dugout Stores. In the greater
Phoenix area, tickets will be sold at the Scottsdale Stadium box office.
Tickets are also available through all participating tickets.com outlets
The Giants also offer the only officially endorsed travel
packages to Spring Training in Scottsdale. Packages include spring game
tickets, lodging and ground transportation. For further information on
such packages, call 800-670-0858 or visit www.sfgiants.com.
PASL HEADS INTO SIXTH SEASON WITH
(Nov. 1, 2013) - When the
Professional Arena Soccer League kicks off its sixth season tonight with
the Illinois Piasa hosting the Tulsa Revolution it will be the beginning
of what the league hopes will be a watershed season for the league.
The PASL heads into the season with an all-time high of 20 teams split
over three divisions. 17 American teams will join three Mexican teams will
compete in the Eastern, Central, and Pacific Divisions in the hunt for the
Ron Newman Cup.
The offseason was filled with news of expansion and high
profile player and coaching acquisitions. The final tally shows seven
expansion teams and three teams were sold. As a result of all the changes,
the league should find itself in the best overall health, and with the
most competitive parity, in its history.
Here is a team by team overview of the 2013/14 season. EASTERN DIVISION (2012/13 record in parenthesis)
Chicago Mustangs (11-5): The Mustangs just missed the
playoffs last year while playing in the tough Central Division. Leading
scorer Nestor Hernandez was traded to Dallas, but the Mustangs bring back
a strong core including Miguel Vaca, Omar Santillan, and goalkeeper Jesus
Flores as well as young break out stars Bryan Velazquez and Luis "Pee Wee"
Ortega. The Mustangs signed Efrain "Wilo" Martinez and former Honduran
National Team defender Yermy Hernandez. Chicago will play three of their
games at The Odeum this year because of high ticket demand at the smaller
Grand Sports Arena.
Cincinnati Saints (7-0-1 in PASL-Premier; Cincinnati Kings
11-5): The Saints bought the Cincinnati market rights and moved their
organization up to the PASL after spending the last four seasons in the
PASL-Premier. The Saints now have the best of both worlds matching their
best players with longtime PASL veterans such as Sam Fiore, Jeff
Henderson, Eddie Hertsenberg, and Kwame Sarkodie. Matt Breines heads into
his first full season as Head Coach.
Cleveland Freeze (expansion): The Freeze made some big noise
when they signed indoor soccer's all-time leading scorer Hector Marinaro
as their Head Coach. Marinaro and the new ownership will bring stability
to the region and should be a lot more competitive than the Ohio Vortex
had been. Allen Eller, John Ball, Steve Gillespie, and Stefan Ostergren
headline the roster.
Detroit Waza Flo (14-2): The Waza Flo won the US Open
Championship last year, but fell short against San Diego for the second
straight year in the Newman Cup Final. Detroit enters their sixth year in
the league with unfinished business. The Waza warriors will play their
first season at the Melvindale Civic Arena after they sold it out last
year for the US Open championship game.
Harrisburg Heat (6-10): The Heat head into the season knowing
that Head Coach Richard Chinapoo will be retiring at the end of the
season. Last year's young team returns largely intact led by Tyler Witmer,
Tom Mellor, and big-bodied late season acquisition Val Teixeira.
Illinois Piasa (4-12): The Piasa were a tough team at home
but struggled on the road last year, and new Head Coach Doug Montroy went
big and went Bosnian in the offseason. The Piasa have 11 players who are
at least six foot and a seven players from Bosnia. They are once again led
by Roger Gemoules, Greg Crook, and goalkeeper Alan Hagerty. CENTRAL DIVISION
Dallas Sidekicks (13-3): The Sidekicks ran out of gas in
their first season despite winning the Central Division and ending San
Diego's 48-game winning streak. Dallas brings almost everyone back except
RJ Luevano who is taking time off to deal with his son's recovery.
Building on last season, the Sidekicks added 38 and 24 goals in Nestor
Hernandez (from Chicago) and Bronil Koochoie (Turlock), respectively.
Hidalgo La Fiera (12-4 as RGV Flash): The RGV Flash were sold
and renamed in the offseason and much of Mariano Bollella's squad is back.
The team, edged out by Detroit in the league semifinal last year, has
added indoor superstar Carlos "Chile" Farias who seems plays his best
under Bollella, and goalkeeper Jose Bontti is back.
Monterrey Flash (expansion): The former RGV Flash owner has
once again set up shop in Monterrey, where the Flash started as an LMFR
team. The Flash have made numerous headlines, first announcing Genoni
Martinez as a player/coach and announcing Arena Monterrey as their venue.
The Flash then hired renowned administrator Jorge Urdiales, the longtime
President of Rayados. Finally the team signed former Mexican National Team
star Jesus "el Cabrito" Arellano, and former Chilean National Teamer
Claudio "El Diablo" Nunez.
Saltillo Rancho Seco (expansion): Rancho Seco comes to the
PASL from the LMFR. Saltillo is located about an hour west of Monterrey.
Rancho Seco came in second place this spring in the LMFR and lost in the
semifinals to eventual champion Guerreros Guadalajara.
Texas Strikers (3-13): There was a time last year when it
looked like a sure thing that Texas would not win a game. That they ended
up winning three was a moral victory. When they almost upset Rio Grande
Valley before losing 11-10 in overtime, showed that the young team had
potential. Head Coach and GM Topper Cogan is back for a second season at
Tulsa Revolution (expansion): Like Monterrey and Saltillo,
the Revolution are new to the PASL, but not a new team. A handful of
players remain from when the Revolution played in the AISL in 2007/08.
Owner Adam Mellor has added partners and moved into the Cox Business
Center. The Revolution feature only three PASL veterans, Josh Danza, Levi
Coleman, and 20-goal scorer Franck Tayou.
Wichita B-52s (expansion): Another new team with a history,
the B-52s carry over seven players from the MISL's Wichita Wings, who
ceased operations at the end of last season. The rest of Wichita's roster
is filled with mostly young, local, players whose development Head Coach
Larry Inlow has likely been watching for some time. Matt Clare and Kevin
Ten Eyck have demonstrated some offensive capability in the MISL and could
be leaned on early until the younger players gain their footing. The PASL
should get an attendance bump from Wichita who average 2,870 in the MISL
last year. PACIFIC DIVISION
Bay Area Rosal (4-2-2 PASL-Premier): The Rosal finished as
runners up this August in the PASL-Premier Summer season and now will move
up to the PASL for the first time. Head Coach Mario Astorga will have his
hands full in the Pacific Division. Craig Scheer and Uriel Robledo have
the most professional indoor experience on the roster and Zak Ibsen is a
former US National Team player returning to indoor soccer for the first
time since he played for the Baltimore Spirit in 1996. Former Sacramento
Knights Luis Orellana is trying to make a comeback at the age of 44.
Las Vegas Legends (13-3): The Legends could be the team that
unseats San Diego in the Pacific Division as they nearly did in last
year's playoffs. Their top five scorers from last year are back including
fancy-footed rookie sensation Ricardo Sobreira, and veteran playmaker
Enrique Tovar, who had a career year last year, playing in the best shape
of his life. Jesus Molina is back, but the Legends will probably increase
the workload of Zeke Sanchez. Las Vegas snagged Turlock's leading scorer
Ivan Campos to more than make up for the loss of Franck Tayou.
Mexico Toros (7-9): The Toros worked hard this offseason
revamping their roster, but brought back top offensive contributors Jose
Juan Caballero and Gerardo Guerrero. Gerardo Villa returns after sitting
out last season. The bigger question with the Toros is always the defense
and losing a preseason game in Ontario 16-8 didn't do anything to quiet
those doubts. The Toros will go with rookie American goalkeeper Obie
Clibourne this season.
Ontario Fury (expansion): The Fury went heavy on the veteran
talent for their first season. Head Coach Bernie Lilavois' team has as
much professional indoor experience as almost any team in the league. It
starts with Sanaldo in net and extends to playmakers Tiguinho and Majell
Aterado. Israel Sesay and Tino Nunez have both played in MLS and the MISL.
The Fury put on a show this preseason doubling up Mexico 16-8 before 5,285
at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
Sacramento Surge (1-14): The Surge struggled in their first
season but always gave Turlock a hard time. Now in a triangle with Turlock
and Bay Area, the Surge will need to fend off their local rivals and try
to play spoiler. The addition of Hugo Bramila should help the offense and
player/coach Jorge Fernandez has brought in several rookies.
San Diego Sockers (15-1): The Sockers showed they were human
last year, but just barely. The Sidekicks ended their 48-game winning
streak and Detroit took the US Open title off of them, but the Sockers
still managed to win their fourth PASL league title in as many years. John
Krause, Dan Antoniuk, and Antonio Sutton were all limited in the number of
games played last year and all three will not return this year. Paul
Wright retired after a marvelous career that spanned four decades. The
Sockers did not rest on their laurels. Evan McNeley returns to the PASL
after five years in the MISL and Jeff Hughes planted his flag with the
Sockers after spending last year with the Cincinnati Kings and Missouri
Comets. The addition of Hughes gives the Sockers all five PASL MVPs
joining with Brian Farber and Kraig Chiles.
Turlock Express (9-7): Turlock is the PASL's smallest market
and yet Head Coach Art Pulido continues to develop talented players.
Turlock has lost Ivan Campos, Bronil Koochoie, Uriel Robledo, Armando
Martinez and goalkeeper Javier Pedroza this offseason and yet Pulido is
confident the new players he has assembled will make the team more
competitive than ever this season. Adrian Gutierrez, Arturo Pulido, and
Jesse Horta are among the top returning players.
A'S EXERCISE OPTIONS ON LHP
ANDERSON AND OF COCO CRISP
OAKLAND, Calif. (Nov. 1,
2013) - The Oakland A’s exercised their contract options on left-handed
pitcher Brett Anderson and outfielder Coco Crisp for the 2014 season, the
club announced today. The A’s declined to exercise their options on
catcher Kurt Suzuki and outfielder Chris Young.
Anderson was the A’s Opening Day starting pitcher in 2013 but finished the
season in the bullpen after spending four months on the disabled list with
a stress fracture in his right foot. He was 1-4 with three saves and a
career-high 6.04 ERA in 16 games, including five starts. The 25-year old
left-hander missed 103 games while on the DL and has missed 399 games over
the last four years. Anderson signed a four-year contract through the 2013
season with club options for 2014 and 2015 on April 16, 2010.
Crisp hit a career-high 22 home runs and stole 21 bases to
become the 10th player in Athletics history with 20 home runs and 20
stolen bases in a season. He also had career highs in runs (93) and walks
(61) while batting .261 in 131 games. The switch hitter, who turns 34
today, led the majors and tied for third in Athletics history in home runs
batting leadoff. He also went errorless in 110 games in the outfield and
led Major League outfielders with 3.03 total chances per nine innings.
Crisp ranks second on the Oakland career list in leadoff home runs (11)
and is sixth in stolen bases (141). He agreed to terms on a two-year
contract with a club option for 2014 on Jan. 5, 2012.
Suzuki returned to the A’s following an Aug. 23 trade with
Washington and batted .303 with two home runs and seven RBI in 15 games
with Oakland. He also hit .222 with three home runs and 25 RBI in 79 games
with the Nationals for a .232 average in 94 games overall. The 30-year old
right-handed hitter was originally drafted by the A’s and signed a
four-year contract through 2013 with a club option for 2014 on July 23,
2010. Suzuki was traded by the A’s to the Nationals Aug. 3, 2012.
Young hit .200 with 12 home runs and 40 RBI in 107 games in
his first season with the A’s in 2013. The batting average was second
lowest in the American League and fourth lowest in the majors among
players with 350 or more plate appearances. Young was acquired from
Arizona Oct. 20, 2012 for Cliff Pennington and Yordy Cabrera. He was in
the fifth year of a five-year contract with a club option for 2014.
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