Even though the heat index is hazardous, the temperature pushing 106 degrees and the air quality diminishing with the arrival of African dust, Central Texas never felt so good to the Round Rock Express.
The Triple-A baseball team returned home from a disastrous West Coast swing, an 0-8 trip that has severely crippled its playoff hopes.
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Opponent: Salt Lake (67-51), Angels affiliate
When: Thursday through Sunday
Where: Dell Diamond
The schedule shows the Express have the most difficult schedule of the contenders in their division:
Oklahoma City (68-50): 13 home, 13 away. 18 games vs. winning teams, but the RedHawks’ final 8 games are against struggling teams.
Albuquerque (64-54): 17 home, 9 away. 17 games vs. winning teams.
Round Rock (62-56): 13 home, 13 away. 21 games vs. winning teams.