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River Cats Media Day game washed away

Steve Scarsone, back for his second season with the sacramento River Cats addresses the media.
Steve Scarsone, back for his second season with the sacramento River Cats addresses the media.
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The winds picked up, and the sky let loose a sizeable downpour that quickly put an end to the possibility of baseball being played in Sacramento at Raley Field on Monday. The annual pre-season exhibition game between the Oakland Athletics’ minor league affiliate Triple-A River Cats and Single-A Ports was cancelled more than a few hours before it’s official 6:05 p.m. start time.

This day each year also serves as a meet and greet between the team and the local media, and there was time for optimism about the team for when they do get on the field. “Hopefully we’ll pick up where we left off last year,” said River Cats second-year manager Steve Scarsone. “We have a competitive group of offensive players that will be out to impress, and we hold them accountable to play the game right. We’re here to win, and we take that seriously.”

Returning catcher, Stephen Vogt who spent time in both a River Cats and Athletics uniform in 2013 shared the importance of taking charge, but not getting too up or too down and just playing the game. “I enjoy being a leader wherever I go. You have to come out and give it your all everyday, whether that’s an 0-4 or a 4-4 performance,” he said.

Weather permitting; the River Cats and Ports are scheduled to play at Banner Island Ballpark in Stockton on Tuesday as the second part of their exhibition series between the two minor league franchises.

Sacramento opens their season on the road Thursday in Salt Lake City in a four-game series against the Bees before heading to Las Vegas to take on the 51s in another four-game set. The River Cats home opener is on Friday, April 11 against Salt Lake at Raley Field.

There are many options available if you are still looking to purchase your River Cats online tickets or by phone at 916-371-HITS (4487).

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