After 19 month hiatus, Round Rock Express opens minor league season at Dell Diamond in April

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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 OpponentMajor League Affiliate
April 8-13vsLas Vegas AviatorsOakland Athletics
April 15-20atOklahoma City DodgersLos Angeles Dodgers
April 22-27vsAlbuquerque IsotopesColorado Rockies
April 29-May 4atSugar Land SkeetersHouston Astros
May 6-11vsOklahoma City DodgersLos Angeles Dodgers
May 13-18vsSugar Land SkeetersHouston Astros
May 20-25atTacoma RainiersSeattle Mariners
May 27-June 1atSalt Lake BeesLos Angeles Angels
June 3-8vsEl Paso ChihuahuasSan Diego Padres
June 10-15atSugar Land SkeetersHouston Astros
June 17-22vsOklahoma City DodgersLos Angeles Dodgers
June 24-29atEl Paso ChihuahuasSan Diego Padres
July 1-6vsSugar Land SkeetersHouston Astros
July 8-11vsAlbuquerque IsotopesColorado Rockies
July 15-20atSacramento River CatsSan Francisco Giants
July 22-27atReno AcesArizona Diamondbacks
July 29-August 3vsOklahoma City DodgersLos Angeles Dodgers
August 5-10vsSugar Land SkeetersHouston Astros
August 12-17atOklahoma City DodgersLos Angeles Dodgers
August 19-24vsEl Paso ChihuahuasSan Diego Padres
August 26-31atAlbuquerque IsotopesColorado Rockies
Sept. 2-7atEl Paso ChihuahuasSan Diego Padres
Sept. 9-14vsSugar Land SkeetersHouston Astros
Sept. 16-21atOklahoma City DodgersLos Angeles Dodgers

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