Eight Express Join Rangers Over Weekend

ROUND ROCK, Texas - The Round Rock Express sent eight players to the Texas Rangers over the past weekend as the major league rosters expanded to 40 players on September 1.

The following Express members will continue their seasons as a part of the Texas Rangers:

  • OF Jim Adduci (contract purchased September 1)
  • OF Engel Beltre (recalled September 2)
  • RHP Cory Burns (recalled September 1)
  • OF Joey Butler (recalled September 2)
  • C Robinson Chirinos (recalled September 1)
  • RHP Neftali Feliz (reinstated from ML rehab September 1)
  • LHP Michael Kirkman (reinstated from ML rehab September 1)
  • RHP Ross Wolf (recalled September 2)

Adduci, 28, will be in his first major league action after having his contract purchased on September 1. The left-handed hitting outfielder has spent time in the outfield and at first base for the Express in 2013, playing 127 games at the Triple-A level. Adduci led the Express in average (.298), runs (75), home runs (16), stolen bases (32) and was second in RBI (65). He finished the season with Round Rock by hitting safely in 13 of his last 14 games, including going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a run scored in his final game in an E-Train uniform (August 30 at Omaha).

ImageBeltre, 23, hit .278 (10-for-36) with a double, two RBI and seven runs scored in 17 games with the Rangers this season. He played 94 games with the Express over the course of the 2013 campaign, hitting .292 (115-for-394) with seven homers, 34 RBI, 58 runs scored and 15 stolen bases at the top of the E-Train order. He finished off his Triple-A season by hitting in five straight games to end the year and had not hit below the .290 mark with Round Rock since June 18.

ImageBurns, 25, pitched in 38 games with the Express throughout 2013, saving a team-best 20 games which ranked him among the leaders of the PCL. The right-hander posted a 0-2 record and 2.15 ERA (37.2ip/9er) at the back end of the Round Rock bullpen. He racked up 48 strikeouts and finished 35 games for the E-Train. Burns also pitched in nine games for the Rangers, posting a 1-0 record and 1.64 ERA (11.0ip/2er) in two stints with the club. His last appearance with Texas came on July 21 against Baltimore.

ImageButler, 27, will be in his second stint with the Rangers after making his major league debut with the club on August 7. In two games with Texas, Butler went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored, making his first major league start on August 9 at Houston. Butler played 119 games with the Express, garnering the Rangers’ Minor League Player of the Month award in April. The 2012 Express MVP batted .291 (124-for-426) with 12 homers, 51 RBI, drew a team-leading 69 walks and led the team in on-base percentage (.395).

ImageChirinos, 29, has played in 10 games with the Rangers over the course of the 2013 season, batting .154 (4-for-26) with a pair of doubles and three runs scored. With the Express, the backstop batted .257 (68-265) with eight home runs, 40 RBI and 35 runs scored. He hit .279 (19-for-68) against left handers at the Triple-A level, but clubbed five homers off right-handed pitchers. After hitting .305 (18-for-59) in June, Chirinos combined to hit .204 (21-for-103) over the final two months of the season with the E-Train.

ImageFeliz, 24, was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list after completing his rehab assignment with the Express. Feliz underwent “Tommy John” surgery on August 1, 2012 and spent his 2013 campaign rehabbing with Round Rock. In six games with the Express, the right-hander did not allow a run, posting 8.2 scoreless innings. In his final outing with the E-Train, Feliz struck out a season-high four over a season-best 3.0 frames, facing 11 batters and throwing 41 pitches (28 strikes).

ImageKirkman, 26, opened the season with the Rangers and pitched in 25 games at the major league level before being placed on the DL retroactive to June 7 with a recurrence of a cutaneous lymphoma located in the area of his right triceps. The southpaw began his rehab assignment with the Express on August 2, making six appearances (five starts) with the E-Train. He went 2-3 with a 6.98 ERA (29.2ip/23er) at the Triple-A level but had allowed just seven earned runs over his last three outings (16.1ip). In his lone relief appearance, he tossed 5.0 scoreless innings and earned the win at Nashville (August 20).

ImageWolf, 30, made six starts with the Express from April 10-May 17 before joining the Rangers in his first stint. The right-hander made 21 appearances (three starts) for Texas over the course of the 2013 season, posting a 1-3 record and a 4.14 ERA (45.2ip/21er). He was optioned back to the Express on August 31 and pitched in one game (September 1 at Omaha) before being recalled on September 2. Over his brief time at the Triple-A level (seven appearances, six starts), Wolf went 1-1 with a 1.77 ERA (35.2ip/7er).

ImageFor more information on the Express, visit www.RoundRockExpress.com or call (512) 255-2255. Keep up with the Express on Facebook and Twitter!

Fan Friday

Happy Fan Friday Express Fans!

The 2013 home schedule has wrapped up and we’re blessed to say we have some of the BEST fans in professional baseball! Thanks for supporting your Round Rock Express and we can’t wait to see you at Dell Diamond on April 3, 2014 for Opening Day against the Oklahoma City RedHawks.

If you would like a chance to be featured on our weekly Fan Friday blog post, use our official hashtag (#RRExpress) on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, tag us on Facebook or email us at streetteam@rrexpress.com.

See you on the streets!

The Round Rock Express Street Team

Julia, Meredith and Westin

E-Train Pre-Game: 8/25 vs. Oklahoma City

The Express wraps up the 2013 home schedule tonight at 6:05 p.m. against the Oklahoma City RedHawks. In the series finale, southpaw Michael Kirkman will get the ball to try and hold off the hot RedHawks, winners of two straight.

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Express Lineup:

1. LF Jim Adduci

2. CF Engel Beltre

3. 2B Yangervis Solarte

4. RF Joey Butler

5. 3B Alex Buchholz

6. 1B Chris McGuiness

7. DH Mike Bianucci

8. SS Brendan Harris

9. C Eli Whiteside

LHP Michael Kirkman

RedHawks Lineup:

1. LF Trevor Crowe

2. 2B Jose Martinez

3. CF George Springer

4. 3B Brandon Laird

5. RF Jimmy Paredes

6. DH Japhet Amador

7. 1B Jon Singleton

8. C Rene Garcia

9. SS Raoul Torrez

RHP Jake Buchanan

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After a Mike Bianucci solo blast evened the score at one apiece, the RedHawks strung together a two-out rally in the fifth that plate four runs to take a commanding lead. Round Rock battled back in the bottom of the fifth with a pair of solo home runs from Brendan Harris and Jim Adduci, but an insurance run for Oklahoma City in the eighth gave the RedHawks a 6-3 victory.

E-Train Pre-Game: 8/24 vs. Oklahoma City

With the home portion of the schedule coming to a rapid close, the Express takes on the RedHawks for game four of a five-game set tonight. RHP Evan Meek takes the mound in search of his seventh victory in hopes of keeping Round Rock’s playoff hopes alive.

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Express Lineup:

1. 1B Jim Adduci

2. CF Engel Beltre

3. 2B Yangervis Solarte

4. RF Joey Butler

5. 3B Alex Buchholz

6. LF Chris McGuiness

7. DH Mike Bianucci

8. SS Brendan Harris

9. C Eli Whiteside

RHP Evan Meek

RedHawks Lineup:

1. LF Trevor Crowe

2. 2B Jose Martinez

3. CF George Springer

4. 3B Brandon Laird

5. 1B Jon Singleton

6. DH Jimmy Paredes

7. RF Marc Krauss

8. C Rene Garcia

9. SS Raoul Torrez

RHP Bobby Doran

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Last night, the Express grabbed an early 2-0 lead to back starter Josh Lindblom’s perfect 4.1 innings, but Oklahoma City touched up the right-hander in the sixth. A pair of home runs bumped the RedHawks from two runs down to one run ahead at 3-2. An insurance run in the ninth gave Oklahoma City a 4-2 advantage that would hold for a game three win.

Fan Friday

Happy Fan Friday Express Fans!

You’ve been great to us this season and we’d like to honor you this weekend! Join us for Fan Appreciation Weekend at Dell Diamond this Friday through Saturday. Here’s a rundown of the weekend:

  • Friday, August 23: Last Budweiser Fireworks of the season.
  • Saturday, August 24: Shirt Off the Back Night. This is your chance to win an Express player’s jersey in a raffle!
  • Sunday, August 25: Fan Appreciation Day. This will be our last Kids Day and will feature the largest fireworks show of the season after the game!

If you would like a chance to be featured on our weekly Fan Friday blog post, use our official hashtag (#RRExpress) on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, tag us on Facebook or email us at streetteam@rrexpress.com.

See you on the streets!

The Round Rock Express Street Team

Julia, Meredith and Westin

Fan Friday

Happy Fan Friday Express Fans!

The 2013 season has brought to fruition a ton of “good ol’ fashioned” fun in Central Texas! We want to thank you for posting pictures of your experiences at Dell Diamond and encourage you to continue doing so during the last few home games of the season!

If you would like a chance to be featured on our weekly Fan Friday blog post, use our official hashtag (#RRExpress) on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, tag us on Facebook or email us at streetteam@rrexpress.com.

See you on the streets!

The Round Rock Express Street Team

Julia, Meredith and Westin

E-Train Pre-Game: 8/12 vs. Tacoma

The Express and Rainiers open a four-game set tonight at Dell Diamond. Right-hander Josh Lindblom takes the hill for the first time since becoming a father in search of his team-leading ninth victory.

Last night, the Express held a 5-2 lead but Salt Lake rallied for nine unanswered runs, six off the bullpen over the final two innings to sink the Express in the series finale.

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Express Lineup:

1. CF Jim Adduci

2. SS Guilder Rodriguez

3. 2B Yangervis Solarte

4. DH Manny Ramirez

5. LF Joey Butler

6. 1B Chris McGuiness

7. 3B Mike Bianucci

8. RF Jared Hoying

9. C Eli Whiteside

RHP Josh Lindblom

Rainiers Lineup:

1. CF Abraham Almonte

2. DH Franklin Gutierrez

3. 2B Ty Kelly

4. RF Carlos Peguero

5. 1B Rich Poythress

6. LF Nate Tenbrink

7. SS Carlos Triunfel

8. C Brandon Bantz

9. 3B Leury Bonilla

LHP James Paxton

E-Train Pre-Game: 8/11 vs. Salt Lake

The Express looks for the series split tonight in the final game of a four-game set against the Bees. RHP Jake Brigham is on the hill for Round Rock to try and keep the winning ways flowing. The E-Train snapped a Triple-A franchise record 10-game losing streak last night with a 9-6 win over Salt Lake.

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Express Lineup:

1. CF Jim Adduci

2. DH Lance Berkman

3. 2B Yangervis Solarte

4. LF Joey Butler

5. 1B Chris McGuiness

6. 3B Robinson Chirinos

7. RF Jared Hoying

8. SS Guilder Rodriguez

9. C Eli Whiteside

RHP Jake Brigham

Bees Lineup:

1. DH Peter Bourjos

2. SS Andrew Romine

3. 3B Luis Jimenez

4. 1B Efren Navarro

5. 2B Luis Rodriguez

6. LF Roberto Lopez

7. RF Drew Heid

8. C Luke Carlin

9. CF Matt Long

RHP Billy Buckner

E-Train Pre-Game: 8/8 vs. Salt Lake

The Express opens an eight-game homestand tonight with game one of four against the Salt Lake Bees. The E-Train enters riding an eight-game losing streak, dropping all eight games of its West Coast swing. Southpaw Michael Kirkman will make his second rehab start with Round Rock tonight.

ImageExpress Lineup:

1. SS Leury Garcia

2. CF Jim Adduci

3. 2B Yangervis Solarte

4. DH Mike Bianucci

5. 3B Alex Buchholz

6. 1B Chris McGuiness

7. C Robinson Chirinos

8. LF Aaron Cunningham

9. RF Jared Hoying

LHP Michael Kirkman

Bees Lineup:

1. CF Peter Bourjos

2. SS Andrew Romine

3. LF Roberto Lopez

4. 1B Efren Navarro

5. 3B Andy Marte

6. RF Scott Cousins

7. DH Robbie Widlansky

8. C John Hester

9. 2B Matt Long

LHP Jason Vargas

Fan Friday

Happy Fan Friday!

With only two homestands left in the 2013 season, keep the fan photos coming! We enjoy getting a glimpse of your experience at Dell Diamond!

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If you would like a chance to be featured on our weekly Fan Friday blog post, use our official hashtag (#RRExpress) on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, tag us on Facebook or email us at streetteam@rrexpress.com.

See you on the streets!

The Round Rock Express Street Team

Julia, Meredith and Westin

 

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