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PHOTOS: Sharing your Memorial Day pride

SACRAMENTO - There are hundreds if not thousands of people in the Sacramento, Stockton and Modesto areas extremely proud of somebody this Memorial Day.

Somebody who is serving, or has served this country. 

We're giving those people a chance to share their pride.

PHOTOS: Sharing your proud memories on Memorial Day, 2012

For example, this is from Jan Ziegler, who wrote:

Officials at Raley's Supermarkets declare impasse

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) - A labor disagreement between union workers at Raley's Supermarkets and company officials is heating up after the chain declared an impasse in negotiations.

The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/KQHj8S ) the move means Raley's could implement its "best and final" contract offer when the current contract expires on June 6.

The newspaper says negotiators with the United Food and Commercial Workers could either accept the offer or call for a
strike.

Union officials described themselves as "baffled" by the company's claim of an impasse, while company officials countered by saying the union was making what they termed "outrageous proposals to increase our costs."

Raley's Supermarkets is a privately held chain based in West Sacramento that operates stores under the Raley's, Bel Air Markets, Nob Hill Foods, and Food Source banners in Northern California and Nevada.

Inge shines in rehab stint with River Cats

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - Since joining the Oakland Athletics Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento on Friday, Brandon Inge has been on a tear.

Assigned to a rehabilitation assignment by Oakland, Inge has stolen the spotlight from 12-time All-Star Manny Ramirez who is also in Sacramento as he prepares to return from a 50-game Major League suspension.

On Saturday alone, Inge went 5-for-5 with seven RBIs as the Sacramento River Cats defeated the Reno Aces 10-0 before a crowd of 11,326. 

Inge finished with two home runs, one which was a grand slam, two doubles and a single. His seven RBIs fell one short of the all-time River Cats record of eight - set by Cody McCay in 2002, which was later tied by Dan Johnson in 2004. 

Through two games with the River Cats, Inge has gone 6-for-7 with eight RBIs. He was placed on the disabled list by Oakland on May 13 after suffering a right groin injury. 

Officials at Raley's Supermarkets declare impasse

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A labor disagreement between union workers at Raley's Supermarkets and company officials is heating up after the chain declared an impasse in negotiations.

Union officials described themselves as "baffled" by the company's claim of an impasse, while company officials countered by saying the union was making what they termed "outrageous proposals to increase our costs."

Raley's Supermarkets is a privately held chain based in West Sacramento that operates stores under the Raley's, Bel Air Markets, Nob Hill Foods, and Food Source banners in Northern California and Nevada.

Manny Ramirez brings circus to Sac in Raley Field debut

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - Even before he stepped on the field, it was clear that Friday wasn't your average day at Raley Field.

12-time MLB All-Star Manny Ramirez was making his Sacramento debut with the Triple-A River Cats and a hoard of media was on hand to welcome him.

PHOTOS: Manny Ramirez Raley Field debut on Friday

Making his sixth appearance with Sacramento, Ramirez entered the game just 4-for-16 with two RBI, three runs and five strikeouts. On Friday against the Reno Aces, he'd finish 1-for-4 with a single in front of 9,725, as the River Cats fell 13-3.

The 39-year-old Ramirez, wearing No. 11 is now hitting .250 with at least two more games scheduled in Sacramento, before joining the Oakland A's, the River Cats parent club on Monday, when he turns 40.

Ramirez might not be ready to play for A's May 30

OAKLAND, CA - Manny Ramirez might not be ready to play for the Oakland Athletics by May 30 when his suspension ends.

Manager Bob Melvin says the A's want to make sure Ramirez is fully prepared and comfortable with his swing before he plays in major league games following his stint with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats.

Melvin still hopes that could be on time.

Ramirez turns 40 on May 30, the day he could come back in Minnesota. His 100-game suspension for a second positive drug test was cut to 50 games after he sat out most of last year.

The dreadlocked designated hitter is a .312 hitter with 555 homers and 1,831 RBIs. The 12-time All-Star faced a 50-game suspension for a second positive drug test.

This will be his 20th major league season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manny Ramirez makes River Cats debut

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Manny Ramirez struck out three times as he began a 10-game minor league stint with the Sacramento River Cats to prepare to be activated by the Oakland Athletics from his 50-game suspension.

Ramirez, who went 0 for 4, stepped to the plate Saturday night in Sacramento's uniform to a ballpark full of boos. Ramirez played with the Albuquerque Isotopes in 2009 as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.  

On Saturday night, the River Cats defeated the Isotopes 7-6.

The dreadlocked designated hitter was cheered as he strolled back to the dugout after being called out on strikes without his bat leaving his shoulder.

The 12-time All-Star had to serve a 50-game suspension for a second positive drug test.