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Express’ hot prospect will try for new homer binge at home

Willie Calhoun and the Round Rock Express return Saturday night for the next-to-last homestand of the season, which comes against Omaha. Calhoun, the top prospect the Texas Rangers acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Yu Darvish trade, should be happy to see Dell Diamond. When he last left the ballpark, Calhoun had mashed four home runs in his first five games in Round Rock, quickly becoming...

Perez hits walk-off single, New Orleans beats Round Rock

Eury Perez hit a walk-off single with two outs in the ninth inning, as the New Orleans Baby Cakes beat the Round Rock Express 3-2 on Thursday in Metairie, La. Austin Nola scored the game-winning run after he reached on an error to score two runs and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Perez finished the game 3-for-5 with an RBI and a stolen base. He was the only batter to have more than one hit in...

Perez’s run leads New Orleans to win over Round Rock

Eury Perez scored on an error in the sixth inning to help the New Orleans Baby Cakes secure a 6-3 victory over the Round Rock Express on Wednesday in Metairie, La. The error, part of a two-run inning, tied the game 2-2 before Steve Lombardozzi scored on a forceout later in the inning. The Baby Cakes (49-72) later tacked on three runs in the seventh, including an RBI double by Perez and an RBI single...
Austin Elite Rugby turning pro with expanded stadium plan

Austin Elite Rugby turning pro with expanded stadium plan

Fresh off a club national championship, an Austin team will move into Major League Rugby in 2018 with a new name and plans for an expanded stadium. The Austin Huns Elite pro side is re-launching as Austin Elite Rugby. “It’s important for us to become the Central Texas professional rugby team,” co-owner Richard Osborn told the American-Statesman on Wednesday. “We felt that creating...

Round Rock Express rained out against New Orleans

The Round Rock Express were rained out yet again as they were scheduled to open a four-game series with the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Tuesday in Metairie, La. The game was canceled and and won’t be made up since both teams are eliminated from playoff contention. The cancellation marks the sixth time in 10 days that an Express game has been postponed or canceled due to weather. Anthony Bass is...
Austin downtown soccer facility was too expensive for team, owner says

Austin downtown soccer facility was too expensive for team, owner says

The owner of the new USL Austin franchise, addressing criticism over where the team will play, told a local soccer fan site that he preferred to build a downtown stadium but it wasn’t economically feasible. Circuit of the Americas chairman Bobby Epstein announced plans last week for a 5,000-seat facility at the race track to house a team that will take the field in 2019 in the second-tier...

Round Rock Express rained out for fifth time in five days

The Round Rock Express haven’t played many games over the last five days. Their contest with the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Saturday was postponed due to wet grounds. It’s the fifth postponement for the Express (55-62) in five days. Round Rock has played just two out of seven scheduled contests in that stretch. The teams will try to make up the game in a doubleheader scheduled for 3:35 p...

Round Rock Express win with big inning over Oklahoma City

The Round Rock Express scored ten runs in the sixth inning on the way to an 11-8 win over the Oklahoma City Dodgers in Oklahoma on Friday night. Jurickson Profar hit a home run and drove in three runs in addition to scoring three more to lead the Express to the win. Profar’s homer was the only extra-base hit for the Express, though they had eleven hits in the game and every player in the lineup...

Colorado Springs tops Round Rock Express, Game 2 postponed

The Colorado Springs Sky Sox and Round Rock Express were once again rained out in an evening contest in Colorado Springs Thursday, but the Sky Sox were able to get a win in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader, 4-2. Nate Orf hit a run-scoring single in the first inning, leading the Sky Sox to the win over Round Rock. Rob Scahill struck Will Middlebrooks out with runners on first and third to...

Round Rock Express at Colorado Springs Sky Sox postponed again

For the second day in a row a Pacific Coast League contest between the Round Rock Express and Colorado Springs Sky Sox was postponed. The doubleheader scheduled for Wednesday forces a day-night doubleheader scheduled for Thursday. Game one is set to start at 2 p.m. with the second game scheduled for 7:40 p.m. Both games will be seven-inning contests. Rain caused the postponement as it did on Tuesday...
Austin pro soccer franchise will roll in 2019 in 5,000-seat COTA venue

Austin pro soccer franchise will roll in 2019 in 5,000-seat COTA venue

Professional soccer will return to Austin in 2019 after a three-year absence, with a rebranded USL franchise playing in a new 5,000-seat stadium at Circuit of the Americas. COTA chairman Bobby Epstein will be the club’s majority owner in a rapidly growing United Soccer League, which expects to field at least 34 teams in 2019. Since Austin’s aborted USL startup in 2015, the...

Round Rock Express game with Colorado Springs postponed

Tuesday’s game between the Round Rock Express and Colorado Spring Sky Sox was postponed due to wet grounds after heavy rainfall in the afternoon. The teams will play a doubleheader Wednesday at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. to make up for the postponement. Both games will be seven innings with the first scheduled for a 5 p.m. first pitch. The second game will begin 30 minutes...

Dykstra, Profar lead Express in rout of Sky Sox

James Dykstra had his best start of the year and Jurickson Profar smashed a two-run homer to lead the Round Rock Express over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox 9-1 Monday night. Dykstra picked up the win to boost his record to 2-6 and lower his ERA to 7.11. He allowed just one run, five hits and one walk over six innings, striking out four. Colorado Springs (68-44) leads the Pacific Coast League&rsquo...
New young Express slugger: 4 home runs in 1st 5 games

New young Express slugger: 4 home runs in 1st 5 games

Willie Calhoun could get used to this. Chances are, he won’t have that opportunity too much longer. The new Round Rock Express power hitter launched four home runs in his first five games at Dell Diamond, belting two balls over the right-field fence Sunday night in a 5-4 win over Albuquerque. Round Rock now embarks on a 12-game trip and, by the time the team returns home Aug. 19, the 22-year-old...

Willie Calhoun homers again as Round Rock Express top Isotopes

Texas Rangers No. 2 prospect and Round Rock Express second baseman Willie Calhoun hit another home run as Round Rock defeated the Albuquerque Isotopes 7-3 at Dell Diamond on Saturday night. Calhoun had just one hit on the night but it was a three-run blast that gave the Express (52-61) a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. His 25th homer of the season was the beginning of a five-run inning...
Rangers consider bringing Yohander Mendez to Round Rock

Rangers consider bringing Yohander Mendez to Round Rock

A struggling Round Rock Express rotation could get a boost in the closing weeks of the season from the Texas Rangers’ top pitching prospect. Yohander Mendez, the 22-year-old lefty who made a cameo in Round Rock last August, is under consideration for a promotion from Double-A Frisco. “There have been a lot of internal conversations about whether we want to move him up. We go back and forth...

Round Rock Express suffer shutout loss in 10 innings

The Albuquerque Isotopes defeated the Round Rock Express 1-0 in ten innings at Dell Diamond on Friday night. Tony Wolters hit a two-out RBI triple to drive home Tom Murphy for the game’s only run in the tenth. Wolters was 3-for-4, accounting for half of Albuquerque’s hits. Matt Flemer (6-6) earned the win as he pitched three shutout innings in relief. Sam Howard didn’t get the win...
Come 2018, USL will keep growing without reviving Aztex

Come 2018, USL will keep growing without reviving Aztex

The United Soccer League announced plans Thursday for an expanded 2018 season that will feature two new teams, but for the third year in a row, an Austin franchise won’t take the pitch. The Austin Aztex made their USL debut in 2015, playing at high school football stadiums and suffering substantial financial losses. Team owners told the American-Statesman the Aztex would not return to competition...

Wagner, Guzman lead Round Rock to series-opening win over Albuquerque

Ronald Guzman doubled and singled twice, and Tyler Wagner allowed just two hits over 6 1/3 innings as the Round Rock Express beat the Albuquerque Isotopes 6-1 on Thursday at Dell Diamond. Wagner (3-9) allowed one run while striking out four and walking three to get the win. Newly acquired Willie Calhoun hit a home run for Round Rock, making it 24 on the year for the No. 2 prospect. He finished 2-for-4...
New Express slugger unafraid to take swing at greatness

New Express slugger unafraid to take swing at greatness

Willie Calhoun just likes to have fun. The 22-year-old centerpiece of a three-player package the Texas Rangers received from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Yu Darvish deal repeatedly made that point when he met the media for the first time as a member of the Round Rock Express. Express fans could watch Calhoun on a given night and recognize the swing of one of baseball’s greats. Or several of...
Willie Calhoun quiet in Round Rock debut against El Paso

Willie Calhoun quiet in Round Rock debut against El Paso

Bryan Rodriguez tossed a five-hit shutout, leading the El Paso Chihuahuas to a 4-0 win over the Round Rock Express on Tuesday. Willie Calhoun made his debut with the Express (50-60) after being acquired by the Texas Rangers in a trade for Yu Darvish. The second baseman, and No. 4 prospect, went 0-for-4 on the night. He played in left field Tuesday and despite his performance at the plate, he&rsquo...

Austin Spurs hire Blake Ahearn as new head coach

Blake Ahearn will be the new head coach of the Austin Spurs next season in the NBA G-League, Spurs Sports & Entertainment announced Tuesday. Ahearn was coaching high school basketball last season, leading his alma mater, De Smet Jesuit in St. Louis, Missouri. Before that he was head coach at Clayton High school in St. Louis. “The opportunity to be a part of the best basketball organization in...

Middlebrooks’ walk-off double in 11th lifts Express over El Paso

Trailing by a run and down to their last out in the bottom of the 11th, the Round Rock Express got a two-run double from Will Middlebrooks to beat the El Paso Chihuahuas 7-6 in a Pacific Coast League game Monday night at Dell Diamond. The Chihuahuas had taken a 6-5 lead in the top of the 11th when Tony Cruz hit a home run. El Paso reliever Christian Bethancourt (2-2) got two outs in the bottom half...

Jimenez, Kozma lead the way as Express top El Paso

A.J. Jimenez homered, doubled and singled, scoring a pair of runs while also driving home a couple as the Round Rock Express defeated the El Paso Chihuahuas 7-3 Sunday in a Pacific Coast League game at Del Diamond. Pete Kozma doubled and singled twice and scored two runs for Round Rock. Down 2-0, the Express took the lead for good with five runs in the third inning as they sent 10 men to the plate...
Keith Ginter’s trot to Express Hall took a few detours

Keith Ginter’s trot to Express Hall took a few detours

Keith Ginter looked like the model ballplayer to Round Rock Express fans who saw the second baseman dominate the franchise’s magical 2000 debut season. His manager noticed one flaw and wasted no time correcting it. The two shared a laugh about it Saturday night at Dell Diamond during ceremonies honoring Ginter as the club’s fourth Hall of Famer. Jackie Moore, his manager, was the first...
Keith Ginter inducted into Hall, and Express bats salute

Keith Ginter inducted into Hall, and Express bats salute

On a night honoring a Texas Tech alum from the Express’ lone championship season, the big name from the Texas Longhorns’ last College World Series winner reminded Round Rock fans of the good, old days. Drew Stubbs, the All-American center fielder on Texas’ 2005 NCAA title team, singled, doubled, tripled and drove in three runs, igniting Round Rock to a 9-2 win over El Paso on sweltering...

Bernier, Hoying lead the way for Round Rock Express

Doug Bernier homered and singled twice, driving home two runs as the Round Rock Express defeated the Sacramento River Cats 7-2 on Friday in West Sacramento, Calif. The win halts a three-game losing streak in which the Express (47-59) lost by a single run. It also prevented a sweep. Jared Hoying doubled and singled twice with two runs for Round Rock. Bernier went 3-for-3 from the plate. Jurickson Profar...
Keith Ginter on deck for Express Hall of Fame induction

Keith Ginter on deck for Express Hall of Fame induction

The Round Rock Express return home Saturday for a night when they can forget their current struggles and honor their franchise’s past. Second baseman Keith Ginter will become the fourth member of the minor league club’s Hall of Fame during pregame ceremonies at Dell Diamond before the Express (46-59) play the El Paso Chihuahuas (52-53). Ginter, a 41-year-old Texas Tech alum, will...

Round Rock Express drop third straight game by a single run

Andrew Suarez struck out nine hitters over seven innings, leading the Sacramento River Cats over the Round Rock Express in a 2-1 win on Thursday. It was the third straight loss for the Express by a single run. Suarez (4-4) picked up the win after he walked two while allowing one run and four hits. Round Rock (46-59) started the scoring in the first inning. After reaching base on a walk, Jurickson...

Lollis hits walk-off single, Sacramento beats Round Rock Express

Ryan Lollis hit a walk-off single with two outs in the ninth inning, as the Sacramento River Cats beat the Round Rock Express 6-5 in West Sacramento, Calif. on Wednesday. It was the second straight walk-off win for the River Cats over Round Rock. Jarrett Parker hit a walk-off, solo home run to take Tuesday’s series-opening win, 4-3. Pablo Sandoval scored the game-winning run after he led off...

Parker hits walk-off homer, Sacramento beats Round Rock Express

Jarrett Parker hit a walk-off, solo home run in the bottom of the ninth to deny the Round Rock Express back-to-back wins as the Sacramento River Cats won 4-3 in West Sacramento, Calif. on Tuesday. A night after the Express narrowly avoided a sweep at the hands of the Fresno Grizzlies, Round Rock wasn’t able to come out on top in the series opener with Sacramento. Jae-Gyun Hwang hit an RBI single...

Profar leads Round Rock Express over Fresno Grizzlies

Jurickson Profar hit a two-run home run and had three hits as the Round Rock Express beat the Fresno Grizzlies 7-5 on Monday to avoid a sweep in Fresno, Calif. Round Rock went up 6-2 in the fourth after Profar hit a two-run home run. After Fresno added a run in the fourth on a home run by J.D. Davis, the Grizzlies cut into the deficit in the seventh inning when Jon Kemmer drew a bases-loaded walk...

Hernandez, Tucker power Fresno over Express

Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run home run and Preston Tucker added a two-run homer and had two hits as the Fresno Grizzlies beat the Round Rock Express 11-8 Sunday in a Pacific Coast League game at Fresno, Calif. The home run by Hernandez capped a three-run fifth inning and gave the Grizzlies a 5-3 lead. Jon Kemmer had hit a solo home run earlier in the inning. The Grizzlies added four runs in the...

Round Rock Express rally falls short in Fresno

Despite scoring five runs in the final three innings, the Round Rock Express fell for the second straight game against the Fresno Grizzlies, 8-7, in California on Saturday. The Express (45-55) scored two runs in the ninth to pull within a run, but three straight strike outs by Jordan Jankowski ended the game. It was Jankowski’s eighth save of the season. Jacob Dorris (1-0) earned the win, allowing...

Deetz helps Fresno Grizzlies shut out Round Rock Express

Dean Deetz and three other pitchers combined for a shutout as the Fresno Grizzlies defeated the Round Rock Express 5-0 on Friday in Fresno, Calif. Deetz (3-3) picked up the win after he struck out seven and walked three while allowing five hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings. David Ledbetter (2-2) took the loss as he went 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs off three home runs and six hits in the Pacific...

Blackburn, Snider lead Round Rock to sweep over New Orleans

Travis Snider homered and had two hits, and Clayton Blackburn threw five scoreless innings as the Round Rock Express beat the New Orleans Baby Cakes 3-2 on Thursday at Dell Diamond. With the victory, the Express swept the four-game series. R.J. Alvarez got Christian Colon to hit into a force out with a runner on first to end the game for his fifth save of the season. Blackburn (4-2) allowed two hits...

Martinson’s single leads Round Rock to third straight win

Jason Martinson hit a two-run single in the seventh inning, leading the Round Rock Express to a 6-4 win over the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Wednesday at Dell Diamond. The win was the third straight for the Express, the first time that’s happened since June 17. The single by Martinson scored Brett Nicholas and Jared Hoying and was the game’s last scoring play. The Express (44-53) tied the...

Marte hits walk-off homer in 10th, Round Rock beats New Orleans

Luis Marte hit a walk-off three-run homer with one out in the 10th inning, as the Round Rock Express beat the New Orleans Baby Cakes 5-3 on Tuesday at Dell Diamond. The home run was Marte’s first in his Triple-A baseball career. The win is the second straight for the Express (43-53) over New Orleans (38-58). If Round Rock wins Wednesday, it will have its first three-game winning streak since...
Final season series tally: Memphis 14 wins, Round Rock 2

Final season series tally: Memphis 14 wins, Round Rock 2

If there’s anything positive to report from Round Rock’s long and frustrating weekend in Memphis — and, quite frankly, there’s really nothing good — it’s that the Express won’t have to get beaten by the Redbirds any more this year. Memphis completed a four-game sweep Sunday with a 2-1 win punctuated by Nick Martini’s home run in the bottom of the ninth...

Memphis Redbirds win ninth straight over Round Rock Express

Carson Kelly and Patrick Wisdom each homered and drove in two runs as the Memphis Redbirds defeated the Round Rock Express 9-1 on Saturday in Memphis, Tenn. The number of runs scored by Memphis matched the number of consecutive wins (9) the Redbirds have against the Express. Memphis (59-33) started the scoring in the first inning when Kelly hit a two-run home run. Kelly finished the game 2-for-3 with...

Memphis Redbirds beat Round Rock Express with walk-off single

Carson Kelly hit a walk-off single, as the Memphis Redbirds beat the Round Rock Express 2-1 on Friday night in Memphis, Tenn. Harrison Bader scored the game-winning run after he entered the game as a pinch runner on second base. The Redbirds (58-33) tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the eighth when Alex Mejia hit a solo home run. Memphis starter John Gant went six innings, allowing one run and five...

Homer leads Memphis Redbirds to win over Round Rock Express

Patrick Wisdom hit a three-run home run in the second inning, leading the Memphis Redbirds to a 6-2 win over the Round Rock Express on Thursday in Memphis, Tenn. The home run by Wisdom scored Jose Adolis Garcia and Breyvic Valera to give the Redbirds a 3-2 lead. The Redbirds (57-33) later tacked on three runs in the seventh, including a double by Rangel Ravelo that scored Aledmys Diaz. Alberto Rosario...
Mexican pro teams are crowd pleasers before 7,757 fans

Mexican pro teams are crowd pleasers before 7,757 fans

Former Mexico national team coach Jose Manuel de la Torre said his Santos Laguna team wanted to entertain during its trip to Central Texas on Wednesday night. That they did. Toluca beat Santos Laguna on penalty kicks (4-2) after the teams combined for four goals, a few shots that hit the crossbar or posts and several other near misses during a high-speed Liga MX friendly at Dell Diamond. “There...
Why have Express gone off the rails?

Why have Express gone off the rails?

If the Texas Rangers want to upgrade their pitching for a wild-card push, they’ll have to look outside the organization because the top farm clubs don’t have a lot to offer. The disappointing Round Rock Express (41-49) pulled into the Triple-A All-Star break with historically bad pitching numbers. They are on pace to allow 90 more runs than their previous worst mark, and their 5.55 staff...
Here’s your only chance to catch pro soccer in Austin

Here’s your only chance to catch pro soccer in Austin

For the second year in a row, the only chance to see professional soccer in the Austin area comes in the form of a friendly between two Liga MX clubs at Dell Diamond. The Austin Aztex of the United Soccer League remain grounded by financial woes. English Premiership giants Manchester United and Manchester City were supposed to play at Royal-Memorial Stadium next week, but that was scrapped because...
Four home runs power Express to All-Star break

Four home runs power Express to All-Star break

Preston Beck, who provided a walk-off hit on Opening Night, sent the Round Rock Express to the All-Star break with another game-winning hit. Beck’s first home run of the season, a three-run blast, broke a 4-4 tie in the sixth inning Sunday night, and Round Rock handled Colorado Springs 8-4. The Express pounded four homers to pin a second straight loss on the American Northern Division-leading...
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