Cats glance: Season ends on high note with 9-6 victory

Published: Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 4C

• Highlight: The River Cats got home runs from Derek Norris and Jake Goebbert in defeating the Tacoma Rainiers 9-6 in the season finale on Monday afternoon at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash.

• Rehab report: Norris, making his third rehabilitation start with the River Cats, went 2 for 5 with a solo home run, giving the A's catcher two homers and six hits in his three games.

• The good, the bad: The A's top prospect, Addison Russell, collected his first Triple-A hit and run but struck out four times.

• That's a wrap: The River Cats finished 79-65 for the third time in franchise history and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2006, snapping a six-year division title streak.

• Looking ahead: With the Tucson franchise moving to El Paso, Texas, next season, the River Cats will be realigned into the Pacific Conference North Division with Fresno, Reno and Tacoma, according to Baseball America. Albuquerque, El Paso, Las Vegas and Salt Lake will comprise the South Division. The River Cats open the 2014 season at Salt Lake on April 3. Their home opener is April 11 against Salt Lake.

– rivercats.com

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