ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — The Round Rock Express open the MiLB season at home against the Las Vegas Aviators on April 8 in the first of a six-game series.
This home opener will carry significance within the Express franchise. Round Rock reunited with the Texas Rangers after spending the past two years within the Houston Astros organization.
The Express will also be playing a meaningful minor league game for the first time in nearly 19 months.
The April date will be the first Express game at the Dell Diamond since Sept. 13, 2019 — a loss in the Pacific Coast League Championship series to Sacramento. Last season was canceled before it started due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Express officially agreed to a 10-year Professional Development License with the Rangers on Feb. 9.
Major League Baseball restructured its minor league system from top to bottom, creating long term deals between the major league clubs and its affiliates to add more stability to the system. Under the new PDL system, MLB will govern all aspects of MiLB moving forward.
The new-look Triple-A scheduled will be 142 games and run through Sept. 21. One of the big changes are the longer series to cut down on travel for teams. The Express will be in the East Division of the West League, which was formerly the Pacific Coast League. Albuquerque (Rockies), El Paso (Padres), Oklahoma City (Dodgers) and Sugarland (Astros) will join the Express in the division.
The Express and Skeeters form a new rivalry and will play each other a total of 36 games, 24 of them in Round Rock. Their first series will be April 29-May 4 at Constellation Field in Sugarland. The two teams will play for the first time at the Dell Diamond May 13-18.
Earlier this month, the Texas Rangers named Kenny Holmberg as Express manager. Holmberg is in his 13th year in the Rangers organization.
Express 2021 Schedule
Home games in bold
|Dates||Opponent||Major League Affiliate|
|April 8-13||vs||Las Vegas Aviators||Oakland Athletics|
|April 15-20||at||Oklahoma City Dodgers||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|April 22-27||vs||Albuquerque Isotopes||Colorado Rockies|
|April 29-May 4||at||Sugar Land Skeeters||Houston Astros|
|May 6-11||vs||Oklahoma City Dodgers||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|May 13-18||vs||Sugar Land Skeeters||Houston Astros|
|May 20-25||at||Tacoma Rainiers||Seattle Mariners|
|May 27-June 1||at||Salt Lake Bees||Los Angeles Angels|
|June 3-8||vs||El Paso Chihuahuas||San Diego Padres|
|June 10-15||at||Sugar Land Skeeters||Houston Astros|
|June 17-22||vs||Oklahoma City Dodgers||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|June 24-29||at||El Paso Chihuahuas||San Diego Padres|
|July 1-6||vs||Sugar Land Skeeters||Houston Astros|
|July 8-11||vs||Albuquerque Isotopes||Colorado Rockies|
|July 15-20||at||Sacramento River Cats||San Francisco Giants|
|July 22-27||at||Reno Aces||Arizona Diamondbacks|
|July 29-August 3||vs||Oklahoma City Dodgers||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|August 5-10||vs||Sugar Land Skeeters||Houston Astros|
|August 12-17||at||Oklahoma City Dodgers||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|August 19-24||vs||El Paso Chihuahuas||San Diego Padres|
|August 26-31||at||Albuquerque Isotopes||Colorado Rockies|
|Sept. 2-7||at||El Paso Chihuahuas||San Diego Padres|
|Sept. 9-14||vs||Sugar Land Skeeters||Houston Astros|
|Sept. 16-21||at||Oklahoma City Dodgers||Los Angeles Dodgers|