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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.

Best viewing opportunities for Sunday solar eclipse

SACRAMENTO -- A solar eclipse occurs when the sun, the moon, and the Earth are in alignment. Sunday's event will be a "annular" solar eclipse because the moon will only cover 95 percent of the sun and therefore will leave a "ring of fire" around the edge of the moon.

The best viewing opportunities in Northern California will be from 5:15 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. along and northeast of a line from Yuba City to Pollock Pines. Locations such as Reno, Carson City, Truckee, Redding and Eureka will be prime viewing areas.

The Sacramento, Stockton, and Modesto areas will see a partial eclipse in the western and northwestern sky.

The NEWS10 Weather Team says skies will be clear across the region allowing for a very clear view.

UPDATE: Missing West Sacramento woman found safe

WEST SACRAMENTO, CA - An 82-year-old West Sacramento woman missing since Tuesday afternoon was found safe on Wednesday around 10:45 a.m. 

Sgt. Nathan Steele said Georgina Crespo disappeared from her residence in the Southport area on May 15 around 4:35 p.m. Crespo went for a walk and when she did not return by 10:45 p.m., her family members contacted police.

Steele did not indicate where Crespo was found or where she had gone while reported missing.

Sacramento to again host CIF NorCal Regional Basketball Championship

SACRAMENTO, CA - For the 13th straight year, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) NorCal Regional Basketball Championship Tournament will return to Sacramento's Power Balance Pavilion in 2013.

Maloof Sports and Entertainments announced that the NorCal Regionals will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2013 and they will continue to host the CIF State Basketball Championships through the 2015 season.

Since 1992, the venue, formally known as ARCO Arena has hosted thousands of athletes in search of a State title in both boys and girls basketball. Among them, current NBA players Jason Kidd, Jeremy Lin, Tayshaun Prince, Jrue Holiday and Chuck Hayes - the Modesto Christian product currently playing with the Kings - have all competed and showcased their talents.

The agreement extend's the venue's 26-year history as a host site for both regional and state basketball tournaments.

Police, Fire and Legal Lore

Police, Fire and Legal Lore

Come hear the stories of lawmen, lawyers and firemen who sought to establish law and order in the early days of Sacramento.  This free tour is hosted by Eric Bradner.  Parking is located across the street from the 10th Street gate.  Tours are free; however, donations are appreciated and go for restoration and preservation of the cemetery artifacts.  For more information call 916.264-7839 or 916.448.0811.

“Police, Fire and Legal Lore”

Historic City Cemetery

1000 Broadway, Sacramento

Saturday, May 5, 2012, 10AM