New starters for strug­gling Ex­press

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - Amer­i­can-States­man staff Ok­la­homa City vs. Round Rock When: Colorado Springs vs. Round Rock When: About the Sky Sox:

When the Round Rock Ex­press re­turn to Dell Di­a­mond on Tues­day night, the club will have three new starters as com­pared to its sea­son-open­ing lineup on April 5.

In­juries in Ar­ling­ton forced the Texas Rangers to bring up first base­man Ron­ald Guz­man and ver­sa­tile in­fielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa for their ma­jor-league de­buts. Veteran ma­jor-league third base­man Trevor Plouffe, mean­while, was granted his re­lease to search for a clearer path back to the big leagues.

The Rangers signed first base­man Tommy Joseph to a mi­nor-league deal, and he’s fill­ing Guz­man’s spot. The 26-year-old Joseph hit 21 and 22 home runs in each of the past two sea­son with the Phillies.

Nick Noo­nan, an­other mi­nor-league signee who played for the Gi­ants and Padres in re­cent years, has taken over at third.

Joseph home­red Mon­day, but it wasn’t nearly enough as Round Rock lost 7-2 at Colorado Springs.

Brew­ers prospect Brett Phillips, an out­fielder, dou­bled and tripled to pace the Sky Sox of­fense, and Brandon Woodruff, con­sid­ered the best young pitcher in the Mil­wau­kee sys­tem, shut down the Ex­press over 5 2/3 in­nings.

Hanser Al­berto sin­gled three times for Round Rock (3-9).


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