After 15 seasons, the River Cats have changed their major-league affiliation from the Oakland Athletics to the San Francisco Giants. Will that shift make a difference to you?

The River Cats, Triple-A affiliate of the A’s since moving to West Sacramento in 2000, are expected to seek an affiliation change after filing last week for permission to talk with other major-league teams.

The River Cats have promoted Jeff Savage from general manager to team president and Chip Maxson from senior vice president of business operations to general manager, the team announced Friday.

Perhaps the most family friendly business in Sacramento, the River Cats, has been getting pounded on social media all week.

Professional baseball has a long, storied and checkered history in Sacramento.

Just as 143 games had not been enough to separate the River Cats and Reno Aces in their Pacific Coast League division race, neither were the first nine innings of Monday’s do-or-die affair at Raley Field.

Mike Jacobs hit his fourth homer of the series and Roger Kieschnick added a two-run shot to lead the Aces to a 7-3 victory over the River Cats on Sunday evening at Raley Field.

With the River Cats needing a victory Monday against Reno in the final game of the regular season to advance to the Pacific Coast League playoffs against the Las Vegas 51s after losing to the Aces 7-3 Sunday at Raley Field, Scarsone approaches his occupation with a similar minimalist efficiency.

Alden Carrithers’ bases-loaded groundout in the eighth inning scored the go-ahead run, and closer Jeremy McBryde got the final three outs as the River Cats edged the Reno Aces 5-4 on Saturday night at Raley Field. The River Cats are one win away from the Pacific Northern Division title.

Elk Grove High School senior Nick Madrigal can play in the majors now, according to former big-league shortstop David Eckstein. That’s a bold statement about someone who is 17 years old and just 5-foot-7 and 145 pounds. Eckstein understands what it takes to make misconception about size in baseball disappear. Eckstein, just 5-6, was the 2006 World Series MVP with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Mike Jacobs hit two home runs and Garrett Weber added another as the Reno Aces downed the River Cats 7-5 on Friday night at Raley Field. The River Cats now trail the Aces by a game in the Pacific Northern Division.

The River Cats batted around in a six-run eighth inning to beat the host Nashville Sounds 8-5 Wednesday night.

Nick Buss and Alden Carrithers each had four hits as all nine River Cats finished with at least two in a 20-1 win Monday night over the host Nashville Sounds.

In a series opener between first-place teams, the host Nashville Sounds scored a season high in routing the River Cats 14-2 Sunday night.

Deck McGuire, who had lost his last three starts, pitched 62/3 strong innings as the visiting River Cats defeated the Memphis Redbirds 6-3 on Saturday to split the four-game series. McGuire allowed one run (earned) on four hits with two strikeouts and no walks.

Sacramento may not remember that Doug Carson was the first player from this region taken in the first Major League Baseball draft, but what he has done in the fight against breast cancer will never be forgotten.

Sacramento’s Nick Buss led off the game with a single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Shane Peterson, but the visiting River Cats went scoreless the rest of the night in a 4-1 loss to the Memphis Redbirds on Friday.

Sacramento starter Drew Pomeranz suffered his first Triple-A loss as the visiting River Cats fell to the Memphis Redbirds 7-1 on Thursday night. Pomeranz (3-1) allowed six runs, all earned, on seven hits in 52/3 innings.

Shane Peterson hit a two-run homer, Colin Walsh had a two-run single, and Jose Martinez collected three hits to lead the River Cats past the Oklahoma City RedHawks 7-4 Tuesday night at Raley Field.

The River Cats suffered their third straight loss, 7-0 to the Oklahoma City RedHawks on Monday night at Raley Field. Sacramento is clinging to a two-game division lead.

Tickets for the five potential River Cats home playoff games are on sale at the Raley Field ticket office and

Ruben Sosa had a bases-loaded triple in a five-run fourth, and Rudy Owens allowed one run over eight innings to lead the Oklahoma City RedHawks over the River Cats 7-2 Sunday night at Raley Field.

Jesus Guzman’s sacrifice fly brought in the go-ahead run in a five-run ninth inning to lead the Oklahoma City RedHawks to a 7-2 victory over the River Cats on Saturday night at Raley Field.

Frank Demaree was 22 when the Chicago Cubs purchased him from the Sacramento Senators midway through the 1932 season, but the Winters High School graduate played in only 23 games as the Cubs won the National League pennant.

Drew Pomeranz and three relievers combined to allow one run and Anthony Aliotti drove in the go-ahead run as the River Cats downed the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 4-1 on Friday at Raley Field.

Alden Carrithers homered and Phillip Humber picked up his fifth win as the River Cats extended their division lead to four games with a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Tuesday night at Raley Field as the Reno Aces lost.

Every Reno starter had at least one hit and all but one drove in a run as the Aces pounded the visiting River Cats 17-4 Monday night.

The River Cats drew a season-high 11 walks and took advantage of six Reno errors to beat the host Aces 15-11 Sunday night.

Buck Martinez (Elk Grove High School, Sacramento City College, Sacramento State) always has been considered one of baseball’s toughest players. He certainly proved it July 9, 1985. Martinez was catching for the Toronto Blue Jays against the Seattle Mariners in the Kingdome when he was the centerpiece of one of the most gruesome and greatest double plays in a major-league game.

The visiting River Cats beat Reno 4-2 on Friday to end their losing streak at four games and increase their division lead over the Aces to two games.

Rafael Montero allowed one hit and no runs over eight innings and struck out 11 as the Las Vegas 51s downed the River Cats 3-0 on Tuesday night at Raley Field.

Logan Verrett pitched eight innings of one-run ball and Matt den Dekker homered to lead the Las Vegas 51s past the River Cats 4-2 on Monday night at Raley Field.

Pitching a perfect game isn’t baseball’s rarest feat. It’s more common than an unassisted triple play. Yet the luck and precision involved in retiring every batter of a game, as River Cats pitcher Phil Humber knows, define baseball’s most revered fraternity.

Matt Reynolds homered, doubled and singled twice, and Cory Mazzoni pitched six strong innings to lead the Las Vegas 51s past the River Cats 7-2 on Sunday evening at Raley Field.

Shane Peterson’s two-out single in the eighth inning broke a 2-2 tie, and Jose Martinez added a two-run double and Nick Buss a two-run single in the five-run outburst to lead the River Cats past the Las Vegas 51s 7-5 on Saturday night at Raley Field.

The Sacramento River Cats baseball team announced Saturday that it would be adding an enclosed club with a bar and patio to its stadium in West Sacramento.

Shane Peterson had two hits and drove in two runs, Daric Barton added three hits and Zach Neal allowed three hits over eight innings as the River Cats downed the Albuquerque Isotopes 6-1 on Friday night at Raley Field.

Nate Freiman doubled home two runs in the fourth inning and hit a solo homer in the sixth, and recently acquired Deck McGuire tossed six shutout innings to lead the River Cats past the Albuquerque Isotopes 5-0 on Thursday night at Raley Field.

Nate Freiman had three hits, Anthony Aliotti and Jake Elmore hit two doubles each, and Arnold Leon won his 10th game as the River Cats halted a three-game losing streak, beating the Albuquerque Isotopes 7-2 on Wednesday afternoon at Raley Field.

Joc Pederson and Brock Peterson homered in the first inning to jump-start the Albuquerque Isotopes to a 7-4 victory over the River Cats on Tuesday night at Raley Field.

Right-hander Matt Buschmann allowed two runs and five hits in eight innings, but the River Cats let a ninth-inning lead slip away as the Tacoma Rainiers scored twice to walk off with a 4-3 victory Monday in the rubber match of a five-game series. Buschmann walked none and struck out eight.

The River Cats took the lead in the top of the 14th inning on Jose Martinez’s sacrifice fly, but the Rainers answered with two runs in the home half for a 4-3 victory Sunday at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash. Tacoma first baseman Jesus Montero singled in Xavier Henry for the winning run.

The River Cats’ 3-4-5 hitters combined for six hits and eight RBIs en route to an 8-5 victory over the host Tacoma Rainiers in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday night.

Ted Wilborn and Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente have something in common. The former McClatchy High School star and the 12-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner, four-time batting champion and 1966 National League MVP were both selected in the Rule 5 draft.

Three Tacoma pitchers combined on a three-hitter as the Rainiers routed the River Cats 7-0 on Friday night at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash., in the opener of a four-game series.

Nick Buss went 3 for 6, finishing a home run shy of a cycle, and drove in four runs to lead the River Cats over the host El Paso Chihuahuas 13-2 on Thursday.

The El Paso Chihuahuas pounded out 16 hits and scored in six of the eight innings they batted in a 16-7 victory over the visiting River Cats on Wednesday night.

With two outs and the bases loaded in the13th inning, Shane Peterson reached on a run-scoring infield single, and the River Cats went on to a 3-2 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas on Tuesday night.

Daric Barton had a two-run single in Sacramento’s three-run first inning, and the River Cats went on to beat the host El Paso Chihuahuas 6-1 on Monday night to end a three-game losing streak.

The River Cats scored five runs over the last three innings but suffered their third straight loss, 7-6 to the host Albuquerque Isotopes on Sunday night.

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