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Reyes carries Memphis to win over Round Rock in shortened game

Arturo Reyes tossed a two-hit, rain-shortened complete game to lead the Memphis Redbirds to a 3-1 win over the Round Rock Express on Saturday in Memphis, Tenn. Round Rock had a runner on first in the top of the fifth, but Luis Marte struck out to end the top half of the fifth. The rains came in the middle of the inning to end the possibility of playing a full nine innings. Reyes struck out seven and...

Back-to-back homers by Voit, Kelly fuel Memphis win over Express

Luke Voit and Carson Kelly connected on back-to-back homers in the first inning to help lead the Memphis Redbirds to a 9-1 victory over the Round Rock Express on Friday in Memphis, Tenn. The result evens the series at one game apiece with three left to play. The home runs were both solo shots and gave the Redbirds a 2-0 lead. Memphis added two runs in the second on a double by Todd Cunningham. He...

Hoying leads Round Rock to win over Memphis

Jared Hoying hit two home runs and drove in five runs, as the Round Rock Express defeated the Memphis Redbirds 9-7 on the road Thursday. Preston Claiborne struck out Todd Cunningham with a runner on second to end the game for his third save of the season. Hoying hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning off Josh Zeid and then hit a three-run homer in the ninth off Rowan Wick. Hoying finished the game...

Express win series against Cubs

Drew Robinson hit a two-run double in the fourth inning, and Ronald Guzman doubled and singled twice as the Round Rock Express topped the Iowa Cubs 10-6 on Tuesday. The third straight win for Round Rock gives them a 3-1 series triumph to conclude an eight-game homestand. The double by Robinson capped a three-run inning and gave the Express a 4-2 lead after Doug Bernier hit an RBI single earlier in...

Zagunis hits grand slam, leads Iowa over Round Rock

Mark Zagunis hit a grand slam in the fourth inning, leading the Iowa Cubs to an 8-3 win over the Round Rock Express at Dell Diamond on Saturday night. The loss makes it four in a row for the Express, who fell to 7-10 on the season. The grand slam by Zagunis capped a five-run inning and gave the Cubs (9-8) an 8-3 lead after Victor Caratini hit an RBI single earlier in the frame. Bijan Rademacher also...
Another injury, release by Rangers: Is Josh Hamilton finished?

Another injury, release by Rangers: Is Josh Hamilton finished?

Josh Hamilton has yet another knee injury, and this one could mean the end his career. The Texas Rangers released of the 2010 American League most valuable player from his minor league contract Friday, saying he had injured his right knee in Houston while working his way back from left knee surgery. Hamilton, who will turn 36 next month, underwent reconstructive surgery on his left knee last June...

Soler, O’Hearn lead Omaha to win over Round Rock

Jorge Soler hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning, and Ryan O’Hearn homered and had two hits as the Omaha Storm Chasers defeated the Round Rock Express 6-2 on Friday at Dell Diamond. The win gave the Storm Chasers a 3-1 series victory and improved Omaha to 6-2 against Round Rock this season. The home run by Soler scored Billy Burns and Ramon Torres to give the Storm Chasers a 3-1 lead...
O’Hearn’s single leads Omaha to win over Round Rock

O’Hearn’s single leads Omaha to win over Round Rock

Ryan O’Hearn hit a run-scoring single in the fifth inning, leading the Omaha Storm Chasers to a 5-3 win over the Round Rock Express on Thursday at Dell Diamond. Yender Caramo got Travis Snider to ground out with a runner on first to end the game for his first save of the season. The single by O’Hearn, part of a two-run inning, gave the Storm Chasers a 3-2 lead before Dean Anna scored on...
Bohls: A treasure trove of ‘priceless’ baseball artifacts, memories

Bohls: A treasure trove of ‘priceless’ baseball artifacts, memories

I spent much of Thursday’s sun-dappled afternoon at Prewitt’s hardware store in Taylor, Texas. Once more I wandered bug-eyed up and down those old, creaky hardwood floors of my favorite store just up from the same Howard Theater where I saw “The Ten Commandments” when I was 6 years old. I could hear those magical zip-line containers whisk the paid bills and cash and change...
Storm Chasers rain home runs in win over Express

Storm Chasers rain home runs in win over Express

Four home runs by Omaha helped the Storm Chasers defeat the Round Rock Express 5-4 in a matinee contest at Dell Diamond Wednesday. Parker Morin’s home run in the seventh inning proved to be the game-winner as Round Rock’s comeback attempt fell short. Corey Toups, Dean Anna and Ryan O’Hearn each homered in the game for Omaha (7-6). Anna was 2 for 4 with two runs and an RBI. O&rsquo...

Round Rock beats Omaha in walk-off finish

Preston Beck scored the winning run on a wild pitch with one out in the 11th inning, as the Round Rock Express beat the Omaha Storm Chasers 5-4 on Tuesday night at Dell Diamond. The Storm Chasers tied the game 4-4 when Ramon Torres hit an RBI single, scoring Corey Toups in the eighth. Reliever Preston Claiborne (1-0) picked up the win after he struck out one and walked one over two scoreless innings...
Hoying’s heroics lift Express past Cubs, 10-9

Hoying’s heroics lift Express past Cubs, 10-9

Jared Hoying hit an RBI-double that proved to be the game-winning hit as the Round Rock Express defeated the Iowa Cubs 10-9 Monday afternoon in Des Moines, Iowa. The Express (6-6) went into to the top of the ninth inning tied with the Cubs at 9-9 after giving up relief pitcher Allen Webster gave up four runs in the seventh inning. Left-hander Ryne Slack got the win in his first career appearance at...

Iowa Cubs score four runs in fifth inning to top Express

The Iowa Cubs scored four runs in the fifth inning without getting a base hit, ultimately lifting the Cubs to a 6-3 win Sunday afternoon in Des Moines, Iowa. Tyler Wagner took the loss on the mound, giving up six runs, four hits in 4 2/3 innings. He had three strikeouts and walked four. The Cubs’ Eddie Butler got the win, giving up two runs on four hits while striking out three in six innings...

Texas Stars season ends with a loss to the Rampage

The Texas Stars rallied in the third period, but the San Antonio Rampage were able to eventually come away with a 6-3 win at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Saturday night. The loss caps the end to a season in which Texas finished 34-37-1-4. They took nine of the 14 matchups they had against the Rampage (27-42-5-2). Colin Smith had a hat trick for the Rampage, including two goals in the final period...

Express take series opener against Cubs

A four-run fifth inning and a solid ninth-inning performance by Preston Claiborne led the Round Rock Express to a series-opening 7-6 win over the Iowa Cubs on Saturday in Des Moines. Iowa took an early lead, and ended up leading by two runs twice, but the Express had four runs cross the plate in the fifth to take control. Eddie Gamboa allowed four runs on seven hits and walked six in 6 1/3 innings...

Stars top Rampage, earn 600th win for head coach

Phillippe Desrosiers dominated in net and Denis Gurianov provided all the offense the Texas Stars needed as they defeated the San Antonio Rampage 1-0 in San Antonio on Friday night. The win was the 600th for head coach Derek Laxdal. Before becoming head coach of the Texas Stars (34-36-1-4), Laxdal had recorded wins with the Wichta Thunder (CHL), Idaho Steelheads (ECHL) and Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)...

Express close out series with Omaha with a win

The Round Rock Express scored two runs in the eighth to close out the series with Omaha with a 4-2 win in Nebraska on Friday night. The win avoids a series sweep and improves the Express to 4-5 on the young season. Will Middlebrooks hit an RBI single to score Luis Marte in the top of the eighth to give Round Rock the go-ahead run. He finished the game 1 for 4 with two RBIs. Both teams scored in the...

Express manage one hit and drop series to Omaha

The Round Rock Express were shut down by the Omaha pitching staff, falling 3-0 after managing just one hit and striking out 16 times in a Pacific Coast League contest in Omaha Thursday night. The result clinches a series win for Omaha with just one game left in the four-game set. Josh Staumont, Matt Strahm and Bobby Parnell teamed up to hold the Express (3-5) to one hit. Staumont (1-1) earned the...

Stars hold on to defeat Rampage

The Texas Stars stayed one step ahead of the San Antonio Rampage all night and ended up winning 4-3 at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Wednesday night. The game was the first of three the teams will compete in through Saturday. It also marked the 599th career head coaching win for Derek Laxdal. Justin Peters got the win in net for the Stars (33-36-1-4), making 24 saves and not allowing a tying goal...

Express drop second straight to Omaha

Ryan O’Hearn and Jorge Bonifacio connected on back-to-back homers in the second inning to help lead the Omaha Storm Chasers to a 6-3 victory over the Round Rock Express on Wednesday in Nebraska. The home runs were both solo shots and were part of a four-run inning that gave the Storm Chasers a 4-0 lead. Billy Burns also drew a bases-loaded walk in the inning, allowing Cam Gallagher to score...

Round Rock drops series opener to Omaha

The Omaha Storm Chasers pounded out 15 hits on the way to defeating the Round Rock Express 9-1 in the series opener in Omaha, Neb. on Tuesday night. Jorge Bonifacio had a double, a triple and four runs batted in while Omaha starter Jonathan Dziedzic didn’t allow a run to lead the Storm Chasers. Dziedic (1-1) earned the win after allowing no runs on six hits through 5 2/3 innings. He struck out...

Express earn series win over Sounds

Ronald Guzman drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh inning to lift the Round Rock Express to a 5-4 win over the Nashville Sounds at Dell Diamond Monday night. Preston Beck scored on the play that turned out to be the series clincher. It was the second win in a row after the Express had fallen behind 2-1 on the season-opening series. Beck finished the game 3 for 5 with a double and a run scored while...
Will Middlebrooks: A Texan back on right track to majors

Will Middlebrooks: A Texan back on right track to majors

Will Middlebrooks owns a Word Series ring from 2013 that will forever stamp him as a member in good standing with Red Sox Nation. It’s not his only cherished championship bling. The Round Rock Express third baseman has a pair of UIL rings from his days at Liberty Eylau High School, when he played shortstop for the Class 3A title team in 2006 and was quarterback for the Leopards’ state...

Nashville takes 100th win against the Express

The Nashville Sounds took an early lead and defeated Round Rock 8-3 for their 100th win against the Express at Dell Diamond on Saturday night. Both teams entered the game with 99 wins apiece in the all-time series, but Nashville (2-1) plated seven runs through three innings and didn’t look back. Franklin Barreto stayed hot as he went 3 for 4 from the plate with three runs scored, a home run...

Checkers hammer Texas Stars in Charlotte

Matej Stransky scored twice, but that was well short of overcoming the Charlotte Checkers who defeated the Stars 9-3 in Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday. The Checkers (38-29-5-0) scored four first-period goals while Dennis Roberts scored two goals and made an assist to lead the onslaught. Aleksi Samuelsson, Levko Koper, Connor Brickley and Jake Chelios each assisted on two goals for Charlotte. Aleksi Saarela...

Another 11-inning game for Express, but this time a defeat

Two nights. Two 11-inning games. One win for Round Rock. One win for Nashville. If there’s anything to draw from the early taste of Triple-A baseball at Dell Diamond, it’s that these teams, so different in roster makeup, look pretty even on the field. Renato Nunez, 0 for 5 coming into the at bat, singled in Jaff Decker, and Chris Parmelee, who homered in the 10th inning, knocked in an...
Texas college alums lift Express to Opening Night victory

Texas college alums lift Express to Opening Night victory

A Texas college connection lifted the Round Rock Express to an 11-inning 2-1 win over Nashville on Opening Night Thursday at Dell Diamond. Shortstop Jason Martinson, a Texas State alum playing his first game for the Express, drove in the season’s first run with a second-inning single. Nine innings later, designated hitter Preston Beck, a former UT-Arlington player, knocked in the game winner...

Stars take early lead and hold on to defeat Bakersfield

The Texas Stars scored three times in the opening period and held on to defeat the Bakersfield Condors 4-3 in an American Hockey League contest Wednesday night at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Matt Mangene had two assists while Cole Ully scored a goal and assisted on another to power the Stars’ attack. Ethan Werek gave the Stars (32-34-1-4) a 1-0 lead with the help of Brandon DeFazio&rsquo...
Round Rock Express 2017 season preview: Will experience equal wins?

Round Rock Express 2017 season preview: Will experience equal wins?

For more on the 2017 Express, click on these links: Round Rock excited to open at home Express player-by-player sketches Home schedule highlights —- A year ago, an American-Statesman photo shoot on the Round Rock Express media day brought together three elite prospects at Dell Diamond, all of them itching to do some serious damage for the Texas Rangers’ top farm club. Nomar Mazara. Joey...
2017 Round Rock Express: Scouting the roster

2017 Round Rock Express: Scouting the roster

For more on the 2017 Express, click on these links: Season preview: Will more experience bring more wins? Express excited to be opening at home Headliners: Who’s coming to Dell Diamond —- MEET THE ROUND ROCK EXPRESS INFIELDERS Ronald Guzman, 21: The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Dominican is the lone blue-chip prospect on the team. He’s ranked No. 4 in the organization, according to MLB.com...
2017 Round Rock Express: Home schedule highlights

2017 Round Rock Express: Home schedule highlights

For more on the Express, click these links: Season preview: Will experience pay off? Express excited to open at home Player-by-player scouting report —- SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS Notable dates for the Round Rock Express this year at Dell Diamond: Thursday-Monday vs. Nashville: Not only is it the season-opening series, but the Sounds had the best record (83-59) in the Pacific Coast League last year...
For the Express, there’s nothing quite like opening a season at home

For the Express, there’s nothing quite like opening a season at home

An 8-foot, 800-pound statue of Nolan Ryan will greet fans outside the home plate entrance to Dell Diamond. A lush green playing field and a new sound system have been installed inside the ballpark, along with two additional dining areas. The Round Rock Express assembled for a workout Tuesday on media day, and next up is opening night on Thursday against the Nashville Sounds. “We did about our...

Austin Spurs fall to close out season at .500

With a spot in the playoffs out of the picture, the Austin Spurs had an opportunity to finish the season with a winning record but fell 136-120 to the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Saturday night at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. The Spurs had seven players score in double digits, but it wasn’t enough as they finished the season at 25-25. Jeff Ledbetter led the Spurs with 29 points while Orlando...

Stars come back to defeat Admirals

The Texas Stars fell behind by two goals but eventually came back to defeat the Milwaukee Admirals 5-2 in Milwaukee on Saturday night. Brandon DeFazio scored twice and Ethan Werek assisted on two goals to lead the Stars (31-33-1-4) back to the win column after two straight losses. Nick Ebert scored what turned out to be the winning goal at 6:08 into the final frame. Justin Peters gave up two goals...
Rangers preview: Aging Texas may not be able to wait till next year

Rangers preview: Aging Texas may not be able to wait till next year

The Texas Rangers sense the pressure. They won the American League West in 2015 before losing — in excruciating fashion — to Toronto in the first round of the AL playoffs. They repeated as division champs in 2016 only to be swept by the Blue Jays in the postseason. And as the 2017 season opens, the Rangers aren’t getting any younger. Adrian Beltre turns 38 Friday. Mike Napoli is...

Stars fall to IceHogs in series finale

The Texas Stars took an early lead, but the Rockford IceHogs scored three straight goals to win 3-1 in Rockford, Ill. on Friday night. Caleb Herbert scored on a penalty shot in the first period, but it’s all the offense the Stars could create as they dropped the series finale to Rockford. It was the first penalty-shot goal for the Stars this season. Brandon Mashinter scored on a power play to...

Austin Spurs make it three straight wins with victory over Suns

Four members of the Ausitn Spurs scored at least 18 points as they made it three wins in a row with a 114-101 win over the Northern Arizona Suns in Prescott Valley Wednesday night. Charles Garica scored 21 while Orlando Johnson added 20 to help Austin (25-24) keep the winning streak alive. Jeff Ledbetter contributed 19 points, including 4 for 5 from 3-point range, as the Spurs connected on 50 percent...

Austin Huns rugby teams with Flo Sports for live streaming

The Austin Huns rugby team, hustling for ways to bring their game to a wider audience, announced a partnership Wednesday with FloSports to live stream their remaining six matches. Austin-based FloSports is an innovator in live digital sports and original content. It currently shows about a dozen sports and other athletic activities, from gymnastics to wrestling to volleyball. The Huns will be the...

Texas Stars end season series against Stockton with a loss

Matej Stransky scored his 23rd goal of the season, but it wasn’t enough as the Texas Stars closed out the season series against the Stockton Heat with a 4-1 loss at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. Hunter Shinkaruk led the Heat with a goal and two assists in the Heat’s second win out of three straight games against the Stars (30-32-1-4). Jon Gillies earned the win for Stockton (29-25-4-2)...
Hoying, Middlebrooks, Guzman highlight early Express roster

Hoying, Middlebrooks, Guzman highlight early Express roster

Might as well call him Captain Express. Center fielder Jared Hoying will be back in Round Rock for a fifth consecutive season, the Express learned Tuesday when the Texas Rangers set the majority of the rosters for their minor league clubs. Hoying, 27, who earned his first major league playing time in 2016, has swatted 73 home runs in an Express uniform and driven in 224 runs while making a couple...

Austin Spurs take a narrow win over Texas Legends

Jeff Ledbetter nailed a 3-pointer with 20.7 seconds left in regulation to help lift the Austin Spurs to a 117-114 win over the Texas Legends in Frisco on Saturday night. Charles Garcia and Orlando Johnson each scored 21 points to lead six Spurs that scored in double digits. Garcia was 8 for 10, including a layup with 1:26 left to play that gave Austin the lead for good. Hollis Thompson scored 18....

Texas Stars win in a shootout over Stockton

The Texas Stars converted three penalty shots in a shootout against the Stockton Heat to take a 5-4 win at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Saturday night. Gemel Smith proved to be the most valuable Star on Saturday as he assisted on three goals and scored the winning goal in the 3-2 shootout. Ethan Werek and Travis Morin also put the puck in the net in the tiebreaker. Mike McMurtry and Matt Mangene...

Stockton Heat come back to defeat Texas Stars

Ethan Werek scored two goals and Texas led by three goals, but the Stockton Heat came back to defeat the Stars 5-4 in an American Hockey League game at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park on Friday night. The Stars took a 3-0 lead before Stockton even got on the scoreboard, but four straight goals by the Heat completed the comeback. Morgan Klimchuk’s goal a little over midway through the final period...
Express Fan Fest on Saturday offers variety of entertainment options

Express Fan Fest on Saturday offers variety of entertainment options

The Round Rock Express will put on their annual Fan Fest on Saturday at Dell Diamond, a chance for patrons to do everything from take batting practice to throw in the bullpen to participate in a hot-dog eating contest. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and there’s no charge for admission. Batting practice, a fan favorite, will take place from 10 a.m. to noon. The Express will provide...

Santa Cruz tops Austin with late run

The Santa Cruz Warriors went on an 8-0 run to close the game as they topped the Austin Spurs 106-103 in an NBA Development League contest at the H-E-B Center on Thursday night. James Southerland, Damian Jones and Phil Pressey each made field goals and Terrence Drisdom knocked down two free throws in the final 1:20 to seal the win for Santa Cruz. Pressey scored 24 points to lead the Warriors in scoring...
COTA offers up free racing this weekend

COTA offers up free racing this weekend

Circuit of the Americas launches its 2017 race season this weekend with the Hoosier SCCA Super Tour Southwest Shootout. The Hoosier Tour is the Sports Car Club of America’s top-level amateur road racing series, and this will be the first time in four years that a premier SCCA amateur series has visited COTA. More than 450 cars from across the South and Southwest regions, including more than...

Texas Stars top Roadrunners in overtime

Matej Stransky scored his 21st goal of the season to lift the Texas Stars to a 4-3 win over the Tucson Roadrunners in overtime at the H-E-B Center on Wednesday night. The Stars (29-30-1-4) led 3-1 in the third period, but the Roadrunners (24-27-7-0) scored two goals to force an extra period. Justin Peters made 26 saves on 29 shots to hold on for the win. It didn’t take long for the Stars to...
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