SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Mar.
3, 2014) - The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have agreed to
terms with WR Anquan Boldin on a two-year contract, lasting through the
We are pleased that Anquan has chosen to continue his career as a 49er,
said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. He is a consummate professional
whose love and respect for the game provide a tremendous example for all
players. Anquan has been a very productive player throughout his career
and we look forward to his future contributions to our team and
After being acquired via trade from the Baltimore Ravens in
March of 2013, Boldin (6-1, 220) went on to lead the 49ers with 85
receptions for 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns last season. It marked the
three-time Pro Bowlers sixth-career 1,000-yard season, and his first
since 2009. In the postseason, Boldin tallied 16 receptions for 227 yards
and one touchdown. He was named the recipient of the teams Bill Walsh
Award, which is presented annually to the 49ers team MVP as selected by
the coaching staff.
Boldin, an 11-year veteran and three-time Pro Bowl selection,
has played in 156 regular season games (153 starts), registering 857
receptions for 11,344 yards and 65 touchdowns. His career receptions rank
20th in NFL history, while his receiving yardage ranks 29th. Boldin has
also started all 14 postseason contests in which he has appeared,
recording 68 receptions for 1,033 yards and eight touchdowns.
Originally selected by Arizona in the second round (54th
overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft, Boldin played for the Cardinals through
the 2009 season, hauling in 586 receptions for 7,520 yards and 44
touchdowns, in that span. He was traded to Baltimore on March 5, 2009, and
went on to tally 186 receptions for 2,645 yards and 14 touchdowns in three
seasons with the Ravens.
Boldin holds the distinction of being the fastest player in
NFL history to reach 400 career receptions (67 games), 500 career
receptions (80 games) and 600 career receptions (98 games). He set the NFL
rookie record with 101 receptions, en route to NFL Offensive Rookie of the
Year honors, in 2003.
A 33-year-old native of Pahokee, FL, Boldin played
collegiately at Florida State.
CAL EXPO APPROVES STADIUM FOR
SACRAMENTO REPUBLIC FC
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Feb.
28, 2014) - Sacramento Republic FC issued the following statement
regarding Cal Expo Board of Directors unanimous vote at todays board
meeting to approve the agreement between California Exposition & State
Fair (Cal Expo) and Ovations Fanfare, LLC:
Todays vote by the Cal Expo Board of Directors approving
the creation of a multi-use sports facility on its grounds, not only
enables Sacramento Republic FC to host one of the largest soccer pitches
in the country, but also provides this region as a whole with the
opportunity to enjoy an additional civic amenity, said Sacramento
Republic FC President Warren Smith. This private-public collaboration
among Cal Expo, Ovations and Sacramento Republic FC provides a means to
generate incremental revenue for Cal Expo, more jobs through Ovations and
a home pitch for our indomitable city and club."
The 2014 Inaugural USL PRO Home Opener taking place on April
26 will be held at Hughes Stadium on the campus of Sacramento City
College. During the past few weeks, Ovations and Republic FC officials met
with numerous engineers, contractors and vendors to explore all potential
options to accelerate construction timelines. Based on a variety of
factors and the revised timelines for completion of the Cal Expo facility,
it was concluded that the first home match would take place at Hughes
Stadium with subsequent additional matches to be announced as details
KINGS BUYOUT FREDETTE'S CONTRACT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Feb.
27, 2014) - The Sacramento Kings and guard Jimmer Fredette have mutually
agreed to a contract buyout, according to Kings General Manager Pete
This was a very tough decision, but were confident that the
agreement reached today represents the most productive path forward, both
for Jimmer and the Kings, said DAlessandro. Echoing a sentiment that
everyone who knows him appreciates about Jimmer, hes a tremendous person
and a consummate professional. We thank him for the meaningful
contributions he made to the team and in the Sacramento community. On
behalf of an entire organization, we wish him nothing but great success in
Through 41 games, Fredette is averaging 5.9 points (.475 FG%,
.493 3pt%, .895 FT%), 1.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 11.3 minutes per game
in 41 games off the bench. He has accrued career averages of 7.0 points
(.416 FG%, .402 3pt%, .855 FT%), 1.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 15.0
minutes per game in 171 career contests with Sacramento.
Fredette was selected by the Kings as a senior out of BYU
with the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
49ERS SIGN KILGORE TO EXTENSION
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Feb.
27, 2014) - The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have signed G/C
Daniel Kilgore to a three-year contract extension through the 2017 season.
We are pleased to extend the contract of a talented, young
player like Dan, said General Manager Trent Baalke. This move is another
example of our philosophy to extend the contracts of our own young
Originally selected by the 49ers in the fifth round (163rd
overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft, Kilgore (6-3, 308) has appeared in 33
regular season games during his three-year career, including all 16
regular season games and all three postseason contests in 2013.
The 26-year-old native of Kingsport, TN, played collegiately
at Appalachian State, where he appeared in 48 games (29 starts) for the
A'S ACQUIRE ELMORE FROM WHITE SOX
OAKLAND, Calif. (Feb. 27,
2014) - The Oakland As have acquired infielder Jake Elmore from the
Chicago White Sox for cash considerations, the club announced this
morning. In a corresponding 40-man roster move, the team has designated
infielder Andy Parrino for assignment.
Elmore, 26, is a .291 career hitter with 110 stolen bases in
six minor league seasons with Chicago, Arizona and Houston. The 5-9,
185-pound Dothan, Ala. native has also seen limited Major League action,
batting .242 with eight doubles, two home runs and 13 RBI in 52 games with
the Astros last season and hitting .191 with four doubles and seven RBI in
30 games with the Diamondbacks in 2012.
A teammate of Eric Sogards at Arizona State, Elmore was
named to the Pacific Coast Leagues Mid-Season All-Star Team and was a
Topps Triple-A All-Star with the Reno Aces in 2012.
Parrino, who was acquired by the Athletics in a 2012 trade
with the San Diego Padres involving pitcher Tyson Ross, batted .118 with
two doubles and one RBI in 14 games in Oakland last season. The
28-year-old infielder also hit .210 with 16 doubles, three triples, four
homers and 36 RBI in 108 games with Triple-A Sacramento last year.
KINGS SIGN JOHNSON TO 10-DAY
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Feb.
26, 2014) - The Sacramento Kings today signed guard Orlando Johnson to a
10-day contract, according to Kings General Manager Pete DAlessandro.
Johnson averaged 2.4 points (.344 FG%, .195 3pt%, .773 FT%),
1.3 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 9.0 minutes per game with Indiana before
being waived on February 20, 2014. In his third NBA season, he has accrued
career averages of 3.3 points (.380 FG%, .326 3pt%, .741 FT%), 1.8
rebounds, 0.7 assists and 10.8 minutes per game in 89 contests.
Originally drafted by the Kings in the second round (36th
overall) of the 2012 NBA Draft, Johnsons draft rights were traded to the
Pacers for cash considerations on draft night, June 28, 2012.
REPUBLIC TO PLAY EARTHQUAKES
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Feb.
26, 2014) - Sacramento Republic FC announced today a second preseason
match has been added to its schedule providing two opportunities for fans
in Northern California to watch the team before their 2014 Inaugural USL
PRO Season. The club will play San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) on March 5 at
and March 16 versus the UC Davis Mens Soccer at UC Davis. A limited
number of tickets are available for fans to both friendlies.
The March 5 friendly or exhibition match will be the first
opportunity for Republic FC to play in front of a Northern California
audience and against its MLS-affiliate, San Jose Earthquakes. Kickoff is 7
p.m. PST at Cal State Stanislaus Warrior Field in Turlock, Calif. The
exhibition is being hosted by the recently announced San Jose Earthquakes
U-23 PDL team, in partnership with the city of Turlock. Tickets for the
exhibition match will be on sale at the gate on the day of the game for
$25. Advanced purchase will also be available in the City of Turlocks
Recreation Office at 144 S. Broadway on business days between 8 a.m. and 5
p.m. PT. Republic FC is holding a block of tickets on a first-come
first-serve basis for season ticket holders and supporter club members at
$25 each. Fans interested in purchasing tickets prior to game day are
encouraged to contact Republic FC at
or (916) 307-6100 as soon as possible.
UC Davis Mens Soccer will host Republic FC on March 16.
Kickoff is 4:00 p.m. PST at Aggie Soccer Field in Davis, Calif. A limited
number of tickets are on sale through the UC Davis Athletic Department.
Students as well as fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets ahead of
time since the exhibition is expected to sell out.
The preseason exhibitions between San Jose Earthquakes and UC
Davis Mens Soccer will be the only matches open to the public in Northern
California. Republic FC will travel to Southern California this week for
exhibitions against UC Santa Barbara and Ventura County Fusion (PDL).
A'S UNVEIL NEW WEB SITE
OAKLAND, Calif. (Feb. 26,
2014) - To ease fan access to the official club website and conform with
most Major League Baseball clubs, the Oakland As have announced a new
brand domain, athletics.com, effective immediately.
Previously, the As had used oaklandathletics.com and now
the shorter brand address will make accessing the Athletics much easier
and faster for fans while seamlessly conforming to the As official social
media accounts, such as @Athletics on Twitter.
While athletics.com is a simpler option for public use, the
team stressed that oaklandathletics.com will continue to function.
TERRY WILL BE OUT REST OF SEASON
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Feb.
22, 2014) - The Sacramento Kings today announced that newly-acquired guard
Jason Terry will spend the remainder of this season rehabilitating his
left knee, according to Kings General Manager Pete DAlessandro.
Our focus remains on reinventing this franchise and building a foundation
for future success, said DAlessandro. Affording Jason time to rehab
during the balance of this season allows him to return at full strength
next year while giving our younger players the minutes and experience
needed to help us improve as a team going forward.
I want to thank the Kings for their understanding during
this process, said Terry. Through my interactions with the front office
and medical staff, its clear that the organization cares about its
players and has their best interest at heart. Im confident that rehab
presents the best opportunity to be ready for next season.
Terry, a 15-year NBA veteran, has accrued career averages of
15.4 points (.446 FG%, .379 3pt%, .846 FT%), 2.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists,
1.31 steals and 32.5 minutes per game in 1136 contests with the Atlanta
Hawks (1999-2004), Dallas Mavericks (2004-2012), Boston Celtics (2012-13)
and Brooklyn Nets (2013-14).
KINGS ACQUIRE TERRY AND EVANS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Feb.
19, 2014) - The Sacramento Kings today acquired guard Jason Terry and
forward Reggie Evans from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for guard Marcus
Thornton, according to Kings General Manager Pete DAlessandro.
Adding Jason and Reggie provides our roster with toughness and veteran
leadership that will help this team continue to grow, said DAlessandro.
They bring a wealth of NBA experience to Sacramento that will undoubtedly
make a positive impact on our younger players. We also thank Marcus for
his contributions and wish him great success going forward.
Terry, a 15-year NBA veteran, has accrued career averages of
15.4 points (.446 FG%, .379 3pt%, .846 FT%), 2.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists,
1.31 steals and 32.5 minutes per game in 1136 contests with the Atlanta
Hawks (1999-2004), Dallas Mavericks (2004-2012), Boston Celtics (2012-13)
and Nets (2013-14).
A member of the 2011 NBA Champion Mavericks, Terry was also
named the leagues 2009 Sixth Man of the Year after posting one of his
best campaigns as a professional, registering 19.6 points (.463 FG%, .366
3pt%, .880 FT%), 2.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.32 steals in 74 games
for Dallas. Additionally, the 6-2 guard touts 93 playoff games on his
resume, including 21 appearances during the Mavs run toward a championship
when he tallied 17.5 points (.478 FG%, .442 3pt%, .843 FT%), 1.9 rebounds
and 3.2 assists.
Terry won a National Championship at the University of
Arizona in 1997 and two seasons later earned First-Team All American and
Pac-10 Player of the Year honors before being selected 10th overall in the
1999 NBA Draft.
In Evans, the Kings receive a veteran known for his
rebounding, hustle and tenacious style of play. Through 12 NBA seasons,
the 6-10 forward is averaging 4.0 points (.465 FG%, .521 FT%) and 7.2
rebounds per game in 738 career contests with the Seattle Supersonics
(2002-03 2005-06), Denver Nuggets (2005-06 2006-07), Philadelphia
76ers (2007-08 2008-09), Toronto Raptors (2009-10 2010-11), L.A.
Clippers (2011-12) and Brooklyn Nets (2012-13 2013-14).
Acquired by Sacramento in February 2011, Thornton was in his
fourth season with the Kings after spending two campaigns with New Orleans
prior to being selected 43rd overall in the 2009 NBA Draft. Through 315
career games, he is averaging 13.5 points (.432 FG%, .359 3pt%, .830 FT%),
3.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 26.3 minutes per game. Thornton twice
matched his career-high in a Kings uniform, registering 42 points on Mar.
14, 2011 versus Golden State and matching the output this season on Jan.
24 against the Indiana Pacers.
A'S SIGN REDDICK FOR ONE-YEAR
OAKLAND, Calif. (Feb. 16,
2014) - The Oakland As agreed to terms with outfielder Josh Reddick on a
one-year contract for the 2014 season, avoiding arbitration, the club
Reddick, acquired in a trade from Boston prior to the 2012
season, batted. 226 with 12 home runs and 56 RBI in 114 games last year in
a season interrupted by two stints on the disabled list due to a sprained
right wrist that required surgery during the offseason. In 2012, he led
the As in most offensive categories, including 32 home runs and 85 RBI,
and also earned his first Rawlings Gold Glove award. His highlight last
season was a five-homer binge over two games in Toronto Aug. 9-10, which
tied the Major League record.
Originally a 17th-round selection by the Red Sox in the 2007
First-Year Draft, Reddick played parts of three seasons 2009-2011) with
Boston prior to joining Oakland. The Savannah, Ga. Native turns 27 years
old this Wednesday.
REPUBLIC ADD MORE PLAYERS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Feb.
14, 2014) - Sacramento Republic FC announced the signing Northern
California players Max Alvarez and Emrah Klimenta, pending league
approval. Alvarez, a senior at California State University Sacramento (CSUS)
and Klimenta, a San Francisco Bay Area resident, were offered contracts
in Republic FC combines. Both players will report to Republic FC training
camp beginning February 17.
Sacramento has an immense amount of local talent, and
finally, these players will be able to wear Sacramento across their chest
when they take the field as professional athletes, said Republic FC
President Warren Smith. Both these players were evaluated during tryouts
and combines, and after feedback from our coaching staff, worked on their
skills only to return and prove they belong on the roster. These players
represent the best of Sacramento and Northern California.
Sacramento Republic FC will be Max Alvarezs first
professional experience. He was featured by the club in its The Goal
video as a representation of local players. The CSUS athlete is one of
three Hornets to earn all-league honors after appearing in 18 games as a
junior in 2011.The left-footed forward was voted second team freshman
All-America by Soccer America in 2009 by leading MPSF in scoring (10
goals) and points (23 points) including one of the biggest goals in
Hornets history versus UCLA in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. A native of Napa,
Calif., Alvarez led Napa High School as the 2008 Napa County Player of the
Year with 42 goals and a 15-9-2 record. He scored a total of 108 goals
during his final three years of high school. At the club level, he
competed for Davis Legacy Soccer Club including an appearance in 2009 at
the Disney Soccer Showcase during which he earned MVP honors. He is
currently a coach with the Sacramento youth club, Team BOCA Soccer.
Republic FC discovered Klimenta during local open tryouts
held on November 16-17, 2013 at Davis Legacy Fields. Subsequently, he was
invited to return to tryouts in January 2014, and the invite-only
combines. Following the combines, Klimenta was offered a contract by the
club based on his performance and improvement following feedback from
coaching staff. Klimentas professional career includes multiple
experiences overseas in Germany and Turkey. He is a third-generation
professional football player. His father and grandfather were both
professional players in the former Yugoslavia. A native of Montenegro,
Klimenta and his family fled the country in 1991 following the violence
associated with the breakup of Yugoslavia. They moved to the United States
in 1999 to follow the American Dream and eventually settled in Walnut
Creek, Calif. Klimenta was recognized as Second Team All-League and team
MVP (2007, 2008) as a four-year varsity player at Las Lomas High School.
His most recent professional experience was with the Bay Area Ambassadors
of NPSL in Oakland, Calif.
The opportunity to play for Preki and the extra push from my
father are why I tried out for Republic FC," said Klimenta. When you hear
a countrymans name it becomes a big deal because you are from the same
Additional player announcements are expected during the
clubs training camp that commences on February 17-21 at Cosumnes River
College in Sacramento, Calif.
RAIDERS SIGN KORY SHEETS
ALAMEDA, Calif. (Feb. 12,
2014) - The Oakland Raiders have signed RB Kory Sheets, General Manager
Reggie McKenzie announced Wednesday.
Sheets entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with San
Francisco in 2009 and spent time on the 49ers practice squad before
signed to the active roster of the Miami Dolphins later that season.
Sheets was with Miami from 2009-10, appearing in two games and totaling
one rush for five yards. After being waived by the Dolphins, the
5-foot-11, 208-pounder spent time on the practice squad of the Carolina
Panthers in 2011.
Following his first NFL stint, Sheets played two seasons with
the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League from 2012-13.
In his two years in the CFL, Sheets totaled 2,875 rushing yards on 516
attempts (5.6 avg.) and 23 touchdowns. He also added 781 receiving yards
on 86 receptions and two touchdowns. Sheets was named the 2013 Grey Cup
Most Valuable Player after rushing for a Grey Cup-record 197 yards on 20
carries with two touchdowns in a win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Sheets played four years at Purdue (2005-08), finishing his
collegiate career ranked second in school history with 3,341 rushing yards
on 664 carries, and holding the school record with 48 rushing touchdowns.
REPUBLIC SIGNS PLAYERS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Feb.
11, 2014) - Sacramento Republic FC announced the signing of veteran Major
League Soccer (MLS) forward Justin Braun and 18-year-old rising star
Mawolo Gabe Gissie pending league approval. Both players will report to
Republic FC training camp beginning February 17.
I knew when I first saw Justin play in 2008 that he was a
great potential, and now it will be even better to work with him due to
his experience of playing in the MLS for five years, said Sacramento
Republic FC Head Coach Predrag Preki Radosavljević. Justins veteran
experience will be leveraged not only on the field but off it as he guides
one of the sports most exciting young players in Gissie.
Brauns professional career includes stints with Chivas USA
(2008-2011), Montreal Impact (2012), Real Salt Lake (2012) and Toronto FC
(2013). Braun has appeared in 110 regular season matches, four playoff
matches and has scored 24 goals over five seasons in MLS. The
6-foot-3-inch forward made his professional debut on March 30, 2008 after
being discovered by then Chivas USA Head Coach Preki at an amateur
tournament held at Home Depot Center. His career includes team-high nine
goals along with three assists in 2010, MLS Player of the Week honors and
a hat trick against the New York Red Bulls on May 15, 2011. Braun is a
native of Salt Lake City where he was named an All-State first team player
during his junior and senior years in high school.
Gissie is an up-and-coming talent who has captured attention
while only a sophomore in high school. The Liberian-born forward led the
New England Revolutions U16 in goals (15) and assists (8) in 2011-12 and
he made his professional debut in 2012 on the Revolution Reserves. He is
known for his speed, running six-minute miles, and ability to score
serving as an offensive catalyst for his teams. In high school, he scored
the go-ahead goal in a 3-1 win for North High; a rare championship win for
the Worcester public school system.
Braun and Gissie join previously signed players Rodrigo
RoRo Lopez and Mickey Daly on the Republic FCs club roster. Additional
player announcements are expected prior to the clubs training camp which
commences on February 17-21 at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento,
A'S AGREE TO TERMS WITH COCO CRISP
OAKLAND, Calif. (Feb. 7,
2014) - The Oakland As have agreed to terms with outfielder Coco Crisp on
a two-year contract extension through the 2016 season with a vesting
option for 2017, the club announced today.
Crisp, 34, enters his 13th major league season and fifth year
with the As. He is a career .272 hitter with 108 home runs, 531 RBI and
stolen bases in 1,294 games with Cleveland (2002-05), Boston (2006-08),
Kansas City (2009) and Oakland (2010-13).
One of the best leadoff hitters and center fielders in
baseball, Crisp batted .261 with 22 doubles, three triples, 22 home runs,
66 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 131 games as a key leader on the AL West
champions last year. He became only the 10th player in Athletics franchise
history with at least 20 homers and 20 stolen bases and was the first
since Ruben Sierra in 1993. In addition, he led all major league
outfielders in total chances per nine innings (3.03), which was the best
mark by an As outfielder since 1992 (Willie Wilson, 3.54). His 309 total
chances were second most in the American League among outfielders with no
errors. He enters the 2014 season with a 138-game errorless streak, the
fifth-longest in Oakland history by an outfielder.
The speedy outfielder has been successful in 141 of 162
(87.0%) stolen base attempts in an Oakland uniform, which is the best
percentage in Athletics history. All of his career-high 22 home runs last
year came batting first in the order, which was the most in the majors and
tied for third most in Athletics history.
Crisp was also voted the 2013 Jim Catfish Hunter Award
winner by his teammates, coaches and staff, an accolade that honors an As
player whose play on the field and conduct in the clubhouse best
exemplifies the courageous, competitive and inspirational spirit
demonstrated by the late Hall of Fame pitcher.
KINGS' McLEMORE SELECTED TO SLAM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Feb. 6,
2014) - Sacramento Kings rookie guard Ben McLemore was selected to
participate in the 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk contest, held on Saturday,
February 15 at the NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, announced by the
McLemore becomes the fourth Kings player to take part in the
contest and the first to do so since Gerald Wallace in 2002.
He joins Toronto guard and defending champion Terrence Ross,
Indiana forward Paul George, Portland guard Damian Lillard, Washington
guard John Wall, and Golden State forward Harrison Barnes in the
six-player field. KINGS IN THE SLAM DUNK CONTEST
1986 Terry Tyler
1990 Kenny Smith (runner-up)
2002 Gerald Wallace (runner-up)
CAPITALS MOVING TO LAS VEGAS
NEW YORK, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2014) -
For the first time in league history, Las Vegas will be home to a Mylan
World TeamTennis professional team. The Sacramento Capitals announced
today they are moving the franchise to Las Vegas where they will compete
in Mylan WTT as the Las Vegas Neon at the Amanda and Stacy Darling
Memorial Tennis Center.
With the move, the conferences are set for the 39th season of
Mylan World TeamTennis. The Neon will join the Western Conference with the
San Diego Aviators, Austin Aces and Texas Wild.
The 2013 Mylan WTT Western Conference champion Springfield
Lasers will be moving to the Eastern Conference in 2014 to join the
defending league champion Washington Kastles, Boston Lobsters, and
Philadelphia Freedoms. Washington won its third consecutive championship
last July with a 25-12 victory over Springfield at the Mylan WTT Finals.
Sacramento moves to Las Vegas after playing 28 seasons in the
California state capital. The Capitals won a league record six Mylan WTT
championships, including four straight from 1997-2000.
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman welcomed the Mylan WTT
franchise to Las Vegas at a press conference at Darling Tennis Center
Tuesday afternoon. We couldn't be more thrilled to welcome the Las Vegas
Neon and World TeamTennis to our great city, Mayor Goodman said. The
Darling Tennis Center is a beautiful facility and I'm excited that we will
have action-packed and electrifying professional tennis making its home in
Las Vegas will play 14 regular season matches, including
seven home matches at the Darling Tennis Center this July. The Mylan WTT
regular season starts on Sunday, July 6 and runs through Wednesday, July
23. The top two teams from each conference advance to the Mylan WTT
Conference Championships on Thursday, July 24. The Eastern and Western
Conference champions will face off at the Mylan WTT Finals on Sunday, July
27, on the home court of the Western Conference champion.
Las Vegas also announced plans to bring back Las Vegas
resident and current ATP player Sam Querrey, who played for Sacramento
last year. Querrey was part of the U.S. Davis Cup team that fell to Great
Britain this past weekend. Las Vegas will have the option to retain the
rights to the 2013 Sacramento players although their 2014 team lineup will
not be determined until the Mylan WTT Marquee Player Draft on Tuesday,
Feb. 11 and the Mylan WTT Roster Player Draft on Tuesday, March 11. Las
Vegas will pick third in both drafts.
Kolleen McNamee, who has served as Sacramentos general
manager since the fall 2012, will continue in the role for the Neon. The
Capitals franchise enjoyed many great years in Sacramento and we will miss
our truly dedicated fan base there, McNamee said. But we cant wait to
start this new chapter and to bring a fun, exciting brand of tennis to the
Las Vegas community.
McNamee said the move was necessitated because the franchise
was unable to find a permanent home in Sacramento. In past years, the team
has constructed a temporary stadium and in 2013 played its home matches in
a mall parking lot.
REPUBLIC RELEASES 2014 SCHEDULE
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Jan.
30, 2014) -
USL PRO released the 2014
schedule today including
Sacramento Republic FCs upcoming home matches. The schedule includes
14 home matches highlighted by its inaugural home opener on April 26
versus Harrisburg City
a match up with Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion franchise and 2013 USL
PRO Champion Orlando City SC on July 17 and its last home match on
September 6 versus LA Galaxy II.
All home matches are
scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. PST start except for the one Sunday match. Six
home matches will take place on Saturday, three Thursday matches, two
Wednesday matches, two Friday matches and one Sunday match. The club will
begin its season with a 5-game road trip beginning with its season opener
versus the newest USL PRO Club, LA Galaxy II. It will also play the
reserve squads of MLS clubs Chivas USA (April 7) and Colorado Rapids (June
20). Preseason schedule and friendlies to be released in the coming weeks
including match ups versus an MLS club, European Premier League club and
Mexican Premiere Club.
Sacramento Republic FC is
currently planning to play its home matches at
Cal Expo in a new 8,000 seat multi-use facility, pending Cal Expo
Board of Directors approval of an agreement between Cal Expo and Ovations
S.F. BULLS HOCKEY PULLS THE PLUG
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Jan.
27, 2014) - The San Francisco Bulls Professional Hockey team closes its
doors after a season and a half, since the first game was played at the
Cow Palace in October of 2012.
We want to thank all of our fans for your support and
loyalty over the last two seasons, said President and Head Coach of the
Curcio. Its been such a memorable time here with you in San Francisco,
and weve especially appreciated all of your positive feedback over the
The team was hoping to secure new ownership, however the
terms of an updated deal were unable to be finalized.
We had a great opportunity come to us that wouldve kept the
Bulls in San Francisco at least through the end of the 2014 season, with
potential for future seasons, but we ran out of time to complete all ends
of the deal, said Curcio. At this point, the best thing to do
financially is to reluctantly end the season. We will miss playing here,
miss our fans, and miss this city.
The Bulls finish the season at 15-20-5 with 32 games left
un-played in the season. Having made the playoffs in their first season,
they were still in the running to make it again in 2014.
Bringing hockey to San Francisco was a dream; we have great
talent on our team, and had a great vision for what the team could be.
Things didnt pan out the way we had hoped. Its sad, and disconcerting,
but were unfortunately left with no other choice at this point.
For fans that have already purchased tickets to upcoming
games, the Bulls Staff will take requests for refunds up until February
28 via E-MAIL ONLY. Season ticket holders and single game ticket holders
can contact their ticket reps for more information at
GIANTS ACQUIRE HUFF FROM YANKEES
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Jan.
24, 2014) - The San Francisco Giants have acquired left-handed pitcher
David Huff from the New York Yankees in exchange for cash considerations,
club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced
Huff, 29, has gone 21-27 with a 5.32 ERA (191er, 323.0ip) in 69 games (54
starts) in parts of five seasons at the Major League level with the
Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees. In 2009 he led the Indians in
victories (11) and finished tied for fourth among AL rookie pitchers.
The Southern California native split last season between
Cleveland (three games) and New York (11) appearing in 14 games (two
starts) at the Major League and went 3-1 with a 5.50 ERA (23er, 37.2ip).
He was acquired by the Yankees in late May after being placed on waivers.
Originally drafted by the Indians in the Sandwich round (39th
overall) of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Los
Angeles, Huff owns a 48-27 record with a 3.78 ERA (279er, 664.2ip) in 126
minor league games (115 starts).
The Giants now have 40 players on their 40-man roster and
will have 66 players in big league camp this spring.
REPUBLIC ALIGNS WITH QUAKES-TIMBER
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Jan.
23, 2014) - Sacramento Republic FC has entered into separate affiliate
agreements between the Portland Timbers and the San Jose Earthquakes of
Major League Soccer (MLS), making Republic FC the official USL PRO
affiliate to both MLS clubs. The agreements come following a development
partnership between MLS and USL PRO in 2013 to help further the
development of professional soccer in North America.
Each respective affiliate agreement between the Timbers, Earthquakes and
Republic FC, set to play its inaugural season in USL PRO in 2014,
encompasses multiple strategic elements including but not limited to
We are excited to partner with the Timbers and Earthquakes
in an effort to develop talent on the field, emulate each clubs business
success and to entertain our fans with the high quality talent from each
club," said Warren Smith, president of Sacramento Republic FC. Our
organization is twice blessed with the ability to learn from not one, but
two MLS clubs, their experienced operating teams and engaged, passionate
supporters. Each affiliate agreement is an important part of our efforts
to provide Sacramento Republic FC, as well as the entire Sacramento
region, one of the most talented USL PRO clubs in the league and a MLS
vision for our community.
In addition to providing loan opportunities for select
players, Rod Underwood, an assistant coach for the Timbers Academy and
Timbers U-23s and a longtime professional coach, will join the coaching
staff of Republic FC as an assistant coach to Head Coach Preki.
We are pleased to form an affiliation with Sacramento
Republic FC for 2014, said Gavin Wilkinson, Timbers general manager.
This partnership allows us the ability to aid in the development of
players by getting them more consistent playing time in a competitive
environment, while helping Republic FC strive for success on the field.
The Timbers and Earthquakes annually will loan a minimum of
two players to Republic FC for the entire USL PRO season to further aid in
player development, but will retain the ability to recall those players as
needed. Each MLS Clubs agreement with Sacramento Republic FC are one-year
"We are excited to team up with Republic FC as our USL PRO
affiliate," said Earthquakes President Dave Kaval. Establishing a USL PRO
affiliation is a critical step in our continued investment in player
development that includes our Academy, our PDL team, and our homegrown
player efforts. Beyond the player development benefits, we feel that it is
important to help develop professional soccer in Sacramento with an eye to
eventually making it a home of its very own MLS team."
COUSINS NAMED TO US BASKETBALL
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Jan.
23, 2014) - Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is among 28 players
who have been selected for the 2014-16 USA Mens National Team pool, from
which the 2014 USA World Championship Team and, if the U.S. qualifies, the
2016 U.S. Olympic Team will be selected, announced by USA Basketball
I am humbled by the invitation and opportunity to compete for a spot on
Team USA, Cousins said. It would be a huge honor for me to represent my
This season, Cousins is averaging a team-leading 22.6 points
(.488 FG%, .721 FT%), a team-high 11.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.78 steals,
1.20 blocks and 32.0 minutes per game in starting all 40 games he has
played in. He has recorded 28 double-doubles, including a streak of 15
straight, the longest in Sacramento-era history and the NBA this season.
Of the 28 players, Cousins is among 10 (Bradley Beal, Anthony
Davis, Andre Drummond, Kenneth Faried, Paul George, Gordon Hayward, Kyrie
Irving, Damian Lillard and Klay Thompson) who participated this past July
in the 2013 USA Basketball Mens National team mini-camp and is among six
players (George, Hayward, Irving, Kawhi Leonard and Thompson) who were
part of the 2012 USA Select Team that trained against the 2012 U.S.
The 2014-16 USA Basketball Mens National Team roster
includes: LaMarcus Aldridge, Carmelo Anthony, Bradley Beal, Tyson
Chandler, DeMarcus Cousins, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond,
Kevin Durant, Kenneth Faried, Paul George, Blake Griffin, James Harden,
Gordon Hayward, Dwight Howard, Andre Iguodala, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James,
Kyle Korver, David Lee, Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard, Kevin Love, Chris
Paul, Derrick Rose, Klay Thompson, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams.
The 2014-16 USA Basketball National Team coaching staff
features USA head coach and Duke Universitys Mike Krzyzewski. Serving as
assistant coaches are USA Basketball and Syracuse University veteran Jim
Boeheim, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and New Orleans Pelicans
head coach Monty Williams.
A'S AGREE TO TERMS WITH FLAHERTY
OAKLAND, Calif. (Jan. 22,
2014) - The Oakland As agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Eric
OFlaherty on a two-year contract through the 2015 season, the club
announced today. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster the As designated
outfielder Corey Brown for assignment.
OFlaherty was 3-0 with a 2.50 ERA and .188 opponents batting
average in 19 games with Atlanta last year before he was placed on
disabled list May 18 with a strained left elbow. He underwent Tommy John
surgery on the elbow May 21 and missed the remainder of the season.
Over the last three years, the 28-year old has compiled a
1.45 ERA in 161 appearances, which is the lowest mark among Major League
relievers with 125 or more innings pitched. OFlaherty has held opponents
to a .220 batting average over that span, including .156 against
left-handed hitters. The left-hander has spent eight seasons in the majors
with Seattle (2006-08) and Atlanta (2009-13) and is 20-9 with a 2.85 ERA
in 373 career appearances.
Brown was acquired from Washington for cash considerations
Dec. 19, 2013 after going 2-for-12 (.167) with a home run and RBI in 14
games during a September call-up with the Nationals. He spent the balance
of the season with Triple-A Syracuse where he hit .254 with 19 home runs
and 56 RBI in 107 games. Brown was originally drafted by the As as a
compensation pick following the first round of the 2007 draft and was
traded to Washington as part of the Josh Willingham trade following the
A'S SINGLE GAME TICKETS ON SALE
OAKLAND, Calif. (Jan. 22,
2014) - Single game tickets to all Oakland Athletics regular season home
games will go on sale Friday, January 24 beginning at 9 a.m., the team
Fans can purchase tickets online at www.oaklandathletics.com
and over the phone by calling 1-877-493-BALL (2255). Tickets can also be
in person at the O.co Coliseum Gate D Box Office Monday through Friday
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fans can
also use the electronic ticket kiosks in front of D Gate at any time to
purchase tickets using a credit card with no added fees.
In 2014, tickets to all As games with be priced dynamically,
with prices fluctuating based on factors affecting supply and demand. For
the best possible prices, fans are encouraged to buy tickets early.
Popular promotions including Chevy Free Parking Tuesday, BART $2
Wednesday, Throwback Thursday and the XFINITY Friday Family Pack all
return this season.
In addition, fans can lock in pricing at the lowest package
rate by purchasing a season ticket plan. Plans are available by calling
510-638-GO As (4627).
OAKLAND SIGNS MORE PLAYERS
OAKLAND, Calif. (Jan. 17,
2014) - The Oakland As agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Luke
Gregerson, infielders Jed Lowrie and Brandon Moss and outfielder Craig
Gentry on one-year contracts for the 2014 season, the club announced
today. The only arbitration eligible player remaining on the As roster is
outfielder Josh Reddick.
Gregerson was acquired from San Diego on Dec. 3 for Seth Smith after going
6-8 with four saves and a 2.71 ERA in a team-leading 73 games. He topped
70 games for the fourth time in the last five years and has appeared in at
least 61 games in each of his five seasons. The 29-year-old right-hander
allowed a .203 opponents batting average, including .192 against
right-handed hitters. Gregerson logged a 2.88 ERA in 363 relief
appearances in five seasons with the Padres and his games pitched are the
most in the majors since 2009.
Lowrie batted .290 with 45 doubles, two triples, 15 home runs
and 75 RBI in 154 games in his first season with Oakland last year. He set
an Athletics record for doubles by a switch hitter and an Oakland record
for hits by a switch-hitter (175), while tying the Oakland record for
batting average by a switch-hitter. The 45 doubles ranked second in the
American League, second in Oakland history and tied for seventh in
Athletics history. The 29-year old switch hitter posted career highs in
batting average, on-base percentage (.344), games, at bats (603), runs
(80), hits, doubles, RBI, walks (50) and extra base hits (62).
Moss led the As with 30 home runs and finished second with
87 RBI last year despite spending most of the season in a platoon. He made
106 of his 115 starts against right-handed pitching and started just three
games against a left-handed pitcher after May 12. The 30-year old ranked
fourth in the American League in fewest at bats per home run (14.9), fifth
in fewest at bats per RBI (5.1), sixth in slugging percentage (.522) and
tied for eighth in home runs. Moss has a .269 average with 51 home runs
and 139 RBI in 229 games in two seasons with the As.
Gentry was acquired from Texas in a four-player trade on Dec.
3 after batting .280 with two home runs and 22 RBI in 106 games. He had
career highs in at bats (246), runs (39), triples (4), home runs, walks
(29), on-base percentage (.373), stolen bases (24) and extra base hits
(18) and matched his best in doubles (12). The 30-year old was successful
in 24-of-27 (88.9%) stolen base attempts, which was the third best
percentage in the American League, and is now 56-for-66 (84.5%) in his
career. Gentry hit .338 with a .428 on-base percentage in 55 games after
the All-Star Break.
A'S AGREE TO TERMS WITH JOHNSON
OAKLAND, Calif. (Jan. 16,
2014) - The Oakland As agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Jim
Johnson on a one-year contract for the 2014 season, the club announced
Johnson was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles December 2
for infielder Jemile Weeks and minor league catcher David Freitas after
tying for the Major League lead with 50 saves in 2013. It was his second
consecutive season leading the majors in saves as he had 51 in 2012. He is
one of just two pitchers to lead the majors in saves in back-to-back
seasons, along with Rollie Fingers (1977-78). The 30-year old right-hander
was 3-8 with a 2.94 ERA in a career-high 74 appearances last year. Johnson
racked up 122 saves in 360 games in parts of eight seasons with Baltimore
from 2006-13 and leaves the Orioles ranked second on their career saves
Johnson was one of six arbitration eligible players on the
As roster. The remaining five include Craig Gentry, Luke Gregerson, Jed
Lowrie, Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick.
A'S AGREE TO TERMS WITH JASO
OAKLAND, Calif. (Jan. 16,
2014) - The Oakland As agreed to terms with catcher John Jaso on a
one-year contract for the 2014 season, the club announced today.
Jaso batted .271 with three home runs and 21 RBI in 70 games
last year in a season that ended July 25 after suffering a concussion. He
added 38 walks for a .387 on-base percentage, which was fifth best in the
American League among batters with 200 or more plate appearances. The
30-year old made each of his 55 starts (42 at catcher, 13 at designated
hitter) against right-handed pitchers, batting .282 with all 15 of his
extra base hits, 20 of his 21 RBI and 37 of his 38 walks. Jaso is a .258
career hitter with a .364 on-base percentage in 381 games over five
seasons with Tampa Bay (2008, 10-11), Seattle (2012) and Oakland (2013).
Jaso was one of seven arbitration eligible players on the As
roster. The remaining six include Craig Gentry, Luke Gregerson, Jim
Johnson, Jed Lowrie, Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick.
COUSINS NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Jan.
13, 2014) - Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was named NBA Western
Conference Player of the Week after leading the Kings to a 3-0 record,
averaging 25.0 points (.562 FG%) and 12.7 rebounds in 37.2 minutes per
Cousins recorded a double-double in all three wins for the Kings,
highlighted, by a 35 point and 13 rebound performance in a 123-119 win
over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, Jan. 7. He also registered a
game-high 24 points (.562 FG%), 14 rebounds and six assists in a 103-83
triumph over the Orlando Magic on Friday, Jan. 10, followed by 16 points
(.555 FG%) and 11 rebounds en route to a 124-80 win against the Cleveland
Cavaliers last night at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.
Cousins has amassed 23 double-doubles on the season (18 of
which are 20-point, 10-rebound efforts) and has logged a double-double in
10 consecutive games.
Through 45 games, the 6-foot-11 center is averaging 23.3
points and 11.5 rebounds, per game, joining Kevin Love and LaMarcus
Aldridge as one of three players averaging 23 points and 11 rebounds in
A'S EXPAND FAN FEST TO O.CO &
OAKLAND, Calif. (Jan. 7,
2014) - The two-time defending AL West champion Oakland Athletics will
make their first public appearance of the 2014 season at As FanFest on
Saturday, February 8. For the first time, the event, presented by Comcast
SportsNet California, has expanded to include both O.co Coliseum and
We are thrilled to give our fans and our back-to-back AL West champs the
chance to interact as we get ready for another exciting season, said Jim
Leahey, As Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Using both venues will
allow us to take advantage of the strengths of each, and enable us to
provide a great experience for more fans.
Tickets to As FanFest, which cost $10, will go on sale
Thursday, January 9 and can be purchased at
The event is expected to
sell out and fans are encouraged to buy tickets early. Admission is free
for children ages six and under. Parking at the event is also free.
As FanFest will feature free autograph sessions with current
and former As players, including Josh Donaldson, who finished fourth in
the 2013 AL MVP voting, and standout pitchers Sean Doolittle and Sonny
Gray, among others; photo opportunities with players and the As four
World Series trophies, presented by Grant Thornton LLP; tours of the As
clubhouse; the Comcast SportsNet sportscaster experience; the first
opportunity to sign up for the 2014 As Kids Club; a memorabilia sale,
with proceeds benefiting the As Community Fund; various coaching clinics;
and much more. Each of these events will be held at O.co Coliseum. Player
introductions and question-and-answer sessions, meanwhile, will take place
at Oracle Arena. The event will begin with the introductions at 10 a.m.
and conclude at 4 p.m.
In addition, As FanFest will give fans their first
opportunity to celebrate two special anniversaries in 2014. As the As aim
for their third consecutive AL West title, this season represents the 40th
anniversary of another major three-peat the As 1974 World Series title.
In 74, the As became one of only two Major League franchises to win
three or more consecutive World Series, the other being the New York
Yankees (1936-39, 1949-53, 1998-00). The As are also celebrating the 25th
anniversary of their 1989 World Series title, a four-game sweep of the
cross-bay rival San Francisco Giants.
As legends from both the 74 and 89 World Series teams are
anticipated to attend As FanFest. During the regular season, the As will
hold a 74 World Series reunion on Saturday, May 31 when 15,000 fans
receive a Catfish Hunter bobblehead, presented by State Farm.
Individual game tickets and season ticket packages will also
be on sale at As FanFest. Tickets can be purchased at the O.co Coliseum
box office, online at
www.oaklandathletics.com/tickets and over the phone by calling
877-493-BALL (2255). Individual tickets will first go on sale Friday,
January 24 at 9 a.m.
For more information about As FanFest, visit
A'S AGREE TO TERMS WITH JESSE
OAKLAND, Calif. (Jan. 7,
2014) - The Oakland As agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Jesse
Chavez on a one-year contract for the 2014 season, the club announced
Chavez spent most of the 2013 season with the As and was 2-4
with a save and a career-low 3.92 ERA in 35 games over two stints. He also
logged career lows in opponents batting average (.230), on-base percentage
(.302) and slugging percentage (.318) while striking out a career-high 55.
The 30-year old right-hander also went 2-2 with a 2.70 ERA in five starts
with Triple-A Sacramento. Chavez has a 5.48 ERA in 191 career games in six
seasons with Pittsburgh (2008-09), Atlanta (2010), Kansas City (2010-11),
Toronto (2012) and Oakland (2012-13).
Chavez was one of eight arbitration eligible players on the
As roster. The remaining seven include Craig Gentry, Luke Gregerson, John
Jaso, Jim Johnson, Jed Lowrie, Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick.
A'S SIGN 1B BARTON TO 1-YEAR
OAKLAND, Calif. (Dec. 20,
2013) - The Oakland Athletics have signed first baseman Daric Barton to a
one-year contract, avoiding arbitration, it was announced today. It was
also announced that the
have released left-handed pitcher Pedro Figueroa to clear a 40-man roster
spot for catcher Chris Gimenez, who was claimed off waivers earlier today.
Barton had two stints with the As in 2013 and batted a
combined .269 with three home runs and 16 RBI in 37 games, including 36
games at first base. Barton, 28, has now played 504 games at first base in
his career, which is third most in Oakland history. Barton spent the
balance of the season at Triple-A Sacramento where he batted .297 with
seven home runs and 69 RBI in 110 games. He added 87 walks for a .423
Figueroa was 3-4 with a 4.10 ERA and .252 opponents batting
average in 46 appearances with Sacramento in 2013. He was recalled by the
As on September 1 and was 0-0 with a 12.00 ERA in five relief
appearances. The 28-year-old is 0-0 with a 4.38 ERA in 24 appearances in
his career with Oakland.
A'S CLAIM CHRIS GIMENEZ OFF WAIVERS
OAKLAND, Calif. (Dec. 20,
2013) - The Oakland Athletics have claimed catcher Chris Gimenez off
waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays, the team announced today. A corresponding
40-man roster move will be announced later.
Gimenez batted .224 with three home runs and 22 RBI in 95
games with Triple-A Durham in 2013, including 56 games at catcher, 19
games in right field, 13 games in left field, seven games at first base
and one game at third base. He also added 57 walks for a .350 on-base
percentage. Gimenez, 30, earned a September call-up with the Rays where he
batted .333 with no home runs or RBI in four games. In his career, he has
a .199 average, six home runs and 30 RBI in 143 Major League games with
Cleveland, Seattle and Tampa Bay. He has tossed out 21 of 82 (25.6%)
attempted base stealers in the majors.
A'S ACQUIRE BROWN FROM WASHINGTON
OAKLAND, Calif. (Dec. 19,
2013) - The Oakland Athletics have acquired outfielder Corey Brown from
the Washington Nationals in exchange for cash considerations, the team
announced today. The As 40-man roster is now full at 40 players.
Brown batted .254 with 19 home runs and 56 RBI in 107 games
with Triple-A Syracuse in 2013 en route to a September call-up with the
Nationals, where he hit .167 with one home run and one RBI in 14 games.
Brown was originally selected by the As as a compensation pick following
the first round, the 59th selection overall, in the 2007 draft. He was
traded to Washington on December 16, 2010 with right-handed pitcher Henry
Rodriguez in exchange for outfielder Josh Willingham.
GIANTS SIGN MORSE FOR ONE-YEAR
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Dec.
17, 2013) - The San Francisco Giants have signed Michael Morse to a
one-year contract, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian
Sabean announced today. Per club policy, financial terms were not
Morse, 31 years old, appeared in 88 games last season with the Mariners
(76) and Orioles (12), batting .215 (67-for-312) with 13 doubles, 13 home
runs and 27 RBI. He missed significant time with a left wrist injury and a
strained right quadriceps that placed him on the disabled list.
The Fort Lauderdale, FL native has experienced success in the
NL West posting a .333 avg. with 18 doubles, 15 home runs and 57 RBI in 78
games against opponents in the division. From 2010-2012 Morse ranked 10th
among all NL regulars in slugging (.516) and 11th in OPS (.861). He has
recorded four-straight seasons with double digit home runs and throughout
his career, has batted .284 against left-handed pitching, with a .340
on-base pct. and an .819 OPS.
Originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2000, Morse
owns a lifetime .281 avg. with 83 home runs and 272 RBI in 573 big league
games over the course of nine season with Seattle (2005-08, 2013),
Washington (2009-12) and Baltimore (2013).
ESPN ACQUIRES BROADCAST RIGHTS TO
ARENA FOOTBALL IN 2014
SAN JOSE, Calif. (Dec. 17,
2013) - ESPN and the Arena Football League (AFL) have agreed to a
multi-year agreement beginning in 2014. The new deal grants ESPN rights to
more than 10 regular season and postseason games on its television
networks per year, including ArenaBowl and one conference championship
game, as well as 75 or more games annually on ESPN3, ESPNs live
multi-screen sports network. ESPNs video player will also be available on
the AFL website,
The relationship between
the AFL and ESPN began more than two decades ago when ESPN televised the
very first ArenaBowl live in 1987. Since then, ESPN televised a
combination of AFL regular season and playoff games for five years
(1995-99), AFL playoff games from 2000-02 and both regular season and
playoff games from 2007-08. Additionally, ABC presented the ArenaBowl for
five years from 1998-2002.
ESPN has a long history of working with the Arena Football
League and this new agreement is a great opportunity to showcase the AFL
as part of our year-round commitment to football, said Matthew Volk, ESPN
director, programming and acquisitions.
"The AFL's return to ESPN is the latest example of the
strides our sport has made in recent years," said AFL Commissioner Jerry
B. Kurz. "Having the ArenaBowl on the ESPN family of networks for years to
come puts our Championship game alongside some of the most prominent
events in television."
Among the 14 franchises in the Arena Football League is the
newly-formed LA KISS of the National Conference West Division -- owned by
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the rock band KISS -- and the 2013
American Conference Champion Philadelphia Soul, which is owned in part by
longtime ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski. The Soul played the AFL champion
Arizona Rattlers in ArenaBowl XXVI.
A'S SEND FREITAS TO ORIOLES
OAKLAND, Calif. (Dec. 12,
2013) - The Oakland As have sent minor league catcher David Freitas to
the Baltimore Orioles as the player to be named later to complete last
weeks Jim Johnson trade which also included As infielder Jemile Weeks,
the club announced today.
In other As news, the team has outrighted left-handed pitcher Andrew
Werner to Triple-A Sacramento. He had been designated for assignment Dec.
4 and cleared waivers today.
Freitas, 24, batted .231 with 14 doubles, seven home runs and
30 RBI in 90 games with Triple-A Sacramento and Double-A Midland in 2013.
Originally acquired by Oakland for Kurt Suzuki in an Aug. 3, 2012 trade
with Washington, Freitas batted .268 with eight doubles, one homer and
nine RBI in 29 games with Sacramento.
Werner, 26, was ranked second on the River Cats in victories
last season, posting a 12-14 record and 5.78 ERA in 27 games, including 26
starts. He allowed 202 hits and 38 walks in 165.0 innings while striking
out 111. He joined the As on Nov. 16, 2012, when he and infielder Andy
Parrino were traded by San Diego for Tyson Ross and A.J. Kirby-Jones.
A'S SELECT ATHERTON IN RULE 5 DRAFT
OAKLAND, Calif. (Dec. 12,
2013) - The Oakland Athletics today selected right-handed pitcher Tim
Atherton in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft. Atherton pitched the
entire 2013 season with the Single-A Cedar Rapids Kernels in the Minnesota
Atherton, a 24-year-old converted outfielder from New South
Wales, Australia, was originally signed as a free agent by Minnesota in
2007 and made the conversion to pitching in 2011. He holds a career record
of 12-7 with a 2.54 ERA in 67 games, 16 starts. In 2013 with Cedar Rapids,
he appeared in 31 games, 11 starts, and posted an 8-5 record with a 2.54
ERA and one save. He struck out 102 batters in 95.2 innings pitched.
A'S ACQUIRE BURNS FOR BLEVINS
OAKLAND, Calif. (Dec. 11,
2013) - The Oakland Athletics have acquired minor league outfielder Billy
Burns from the Washington Nationals in exchange for left-handed pitcher
Jerry Blevins, the team announced today.
Burns was named the Nationals Minor League Player of the Year in 2013
after batting .315 with no home runs and 37 RBI in 121 games between
Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg. Burns, 24, also recorded 74
stolen bases, added 72 walks en route to a .425 on-base percentage and was
selected to the Carolina Leagues Postseason All-Star team. The
switch-hitter was selected by Washington in the 32nd round of the 2011
draft out of Mercer University.
Blevins completed his seventh season with the As in 2013 and
was 5-0 with a 3.15 ERA and .218 opponents batting average in a
career-high 67 games. He is 13-6 with a 3.30 ERA in 281 career
appearances, all with the As. The appearances are tied for sixth most on
the Oakland career list.
A's TRADE ANDERSON FOR POMERANZ
OAKLAND, Calif. (Dec. 10,
2013) - The Oakland As have acquired left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz
and minor league pitcher Chris Jensen from the Colorado Rockies in
exchange for left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson and cash, it was announced
by the club this evening.
Pomeranz, a former first-round draft choice of the Cleveland Indians out
of Ole Miss in 2010 (fifth overall), has fashioned a 4-14 record and 4.77
ERA in 34 career big league appearances, including 30 starts, with the
Rockies in 2011, 2012 and 2013. He has struck out 115 batters and walked
70 in 136.2 innings. Colorado obtained the 6-5, 230-pound left-hander in a
trade with Cleveland involving Ubaldo Jiminez prior to the 2011 season.
This past season, Pomeranz went 0-4 with a 6.38 ERA in eight
games, including four starts, with the Rockies. He fanned 19 batters and
walked 19 while allowing 25 hits in 21.2 innings.
Jensen, a right-hander, has posted a 19-12 record and 4.22
ERA in 61 minor league starts. Colorados sixth-round pick in the 2011
Draft out of the University of San Diego, he recorded a 5-8 mark and 4.55
ERA in 28 starts for Single-A Modesto last season.
Anderson, 25, was the As 2013 Opening Day starting pitcher
but finished the season in the bullpen after spending four months on the
disabled list with a stress right foot fracture. The 6-4, 233-pound
southpaw, who originally was acquired by Oakland from Arizona in an
eight-player traded in 2007, registered a 1-4 record with three saves and
a career-high 6.04 ERA in 16 games, including five starts. His best two
seasons thus far were his first two years in the majors, posting an 11-11
mark and 4.06 ERA in 2009 and a 7-6 mark with a 2.80 ERA in 2010.
He appeared in one American League Division Series game this
past postseason, allowing one run on one hit in 0.1 innings in Oaklands
8-6 loss in Game 4 at Detroit. Anderson joins the Rockies with a 26-28
record and 3.81 ERA in 84 career games, including 73 starts.
49ERS NEW STADIUM TO HOST
WRESTLEMANIA IN 2015
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Dec.
10, 2013) - Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews, the City of Santa Clara, the
City of San Jose, the San Francisco 49ers and WWE® are proud to announce
that Levi¹s® Stadium will host WrestleMania 31 on Sunday, March 29, 2015.
The historic announcement was made at a press conference held
at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Mayor Matthews, Executive Director
of the San Jose Sports Authority Patricia Ernstrom, Chief Executive
Officer of the San Francisco 49ers Jed York and San
49ers Tight End Vernon Davis joined WWE Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer Vince McMahon, WWE Executive Vice President of Creative Stephanie
McMahon and WWE Executive Vice President of Special Events John P. Saboor
in making the announcement. WWE Superstars John Cena®, Alberto Del Rio®,
Big Show®, Sheamus®, Mark Henry®, Fandango®, The Great Khali®, R-Truth®
and WWE Divas Brie Bella, Nikki Bella and Summer Rae also made special
guest appearances at the announcement.
³On behalf of the entire Silicon Valley, we are grateful that
WWE chose Levi¹s® Stadium to host its largest annual celebration in 2015,²
said Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews. ³WrestleMania is certain to be one
of the highlights of the stadium¹s inaugural year."
³The San Francisco 49ers organization is thrilled that WWE
has chosen Levi¹s® Stadium to host WrestleMania 31,² said Jed York, Chief
Executive Officer of the San Francisco 49ers. ³The vision for the stadium
has always been to bring together all that is special about the Bay Area
through the use of innovation and technology. WWE is certainly a model for
innovation as they have perfectly blended the worlds of sports and
entertainment. We look forward to providing the most
technologically-integrated WrestleMania experience ever.²
³We are proud to bring WWE¹s premier event, WrestleMania, to
Silicon Valley, and grateful for the tireless efforts the City of Santa
Clara, the City of San Jose and the San Francisco 49ers have put forth to
make this dream become a reality,² said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer. ³The innovative technology and connectivity at
Levi¹s® Stadium will set a new standard of customer service for our fans
and ensure they have the most interactive experience in WrestleMania
WrestleMania is more than just a one-day event; it¹s a
week-long celebration that will stretch throughout the Bay Area. In
addition to WrestleMania 31, other activities will include: WrestleMania
Axxess WWE¹s four-day interactive fan festival at the San Jose
Convention Center; the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at SAP
Center; Monday Night Raw® at SAP Center; Be a STAR anti-bullying rallies;
hospital visits and other pro-social activities designed to give back to
the host community. The pay-per-view event will be televised in more than
100 countries. Last year, WrestleMania 29 at MetLife Stadium generated
more than $100 million in economic impact for New York/New Jersey region.
Next year, WrestleMania 30 takes place Sunday, April 6 from Mercedes-Benz
Superdome in New Orleans, LA.
KINGS ACQUIRE RUDY GAY FROM RAPTORS
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 DAlessandro.
Were excited to welcome these additions to our team, said
DAlessandro. In Rudy weve acquired one of the leagues 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
Oaklands 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 Pittsburghs 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, hes 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 As 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 As 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 As 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 its 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.
Lopezs 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.
Lopezs 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. Cant 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 Americas 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 Philadelphias 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 As 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 As 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 As 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 As 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 As 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
Oaklands vice president and general manager has won the publications
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 As 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 As 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 leagues 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 As 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 As 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 As 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 As roster. All the remaining unsigned
players on the As roster have been tendered contracts for the 2014
Rodriguez was acquired by the As 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
clubs 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. Tuesdays 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.
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