• Catcher Chris Gimenez has taken his free agency rather than accept outright assignment to Triple-A Round Rock. Accepting the assignment would have given the Express four catchers on their roster, including Chris Snyder, Brett Nicholas and Jose Felix.
• Pitcher Cody Buckel, who missed almost all of last season while dealing with control issues, made his first start for Class A Myrtle Beach on Friday, and pitched four scoreless innings. He walked four, including the first two batters he faced, but allowed just one single and struck out two.
• Nick Tepesch threw six scoreless innings in his first start for Round Rock on Friday, and Luke Jackson threw five scoreless for Frisco.
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