Major Leaguer Mike Hampton assigned to Reno

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Two-time All-Star and 15-year Major League veteran Mike Hampton has been signed to a minor league contract by the Arizona Diamondbacks and today was assigned to the Triple-A Reno Aces, the D-backs and Aces have announced.

Hampton agreed to terms with the Diamondbacks on Saturday and will be in uniform for the Aces in tonight’s 7:05 p.m. game against the Tacoma Rainiers at Aces Ballpark. Hampton is expected to pitch out of the Aces bullpen tonight. Tickets are available now at the Reno Aces box office, by calling (775) 334-7000 or by visiting RenoAces.com<http://renoaces.com/>.

The southpaw is 148-115 in 15 Major League seasons, having played for Seattle, Houston, New York (NL), Colorado and Atlanta. He was selected to two All-Star teams and was the Sporting News’ 1999 National League Pitcher of the Year.

Hampton won five-straight NL Silver Slugger awards from 1997-2003, and in 2003 he became the first pitcher in baseball history to win a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award in the same season.

He has pitched in 11 postseason games in his Major League career, including a start in the 2000 World Series as a member of the New York Mets.

Hampton spent the 2009 season with the Houston Astros (7-10, 5.30 ERA, 21 starts) before undergoing surgery in September on his left shoulder. He missed the 2006 and 2007 seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but made 13 starts for the Atlanta Braves in 2008 (3-4, 4.85 ERA).

Hampton was Seattle’s sixth-round pick in the 1990 first-year player draft. As an 18-year old in 1991, he pitched in Reno, Nev. for the Single-A San Bernardino Spirit against the Single-A Reno Silver Sox of the California League.

Tickets for all Aces games start at just $7, and are available by calling the Reno Aces box office at (775) 334-7000 or by visiting RenoAces.com<http://renoaces.com/>. The brand-new Freight House District, located just outside Aces Ballpark, is open seven days a week, on both game days and non-game days.

Rainiers top Reno in 10 innings, 7-5

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Brandon Allen hit a game-tying two-run home run in the eighth inning for the Aces Sunday night, but the Tacoma Rainiers pushed across two runs in the top of the 10th to escape with a 7-5 victory over Reno at Aces Ballpark.

Reno trailed early before battling back to tie the score through six innings. In the seventh, the Rainiers used back-to-back RBI hits to take a two-run lead that wouldn’t last long. In the bottom of the eighth, Allen smashed his team-leading 24th long ball of the season, knotting the score at five apiece.

The game would stay that way until the 10th, when Mike Carp smacked a run-scoring triple to give Tacoma a lead it would not relinquish. In the bottom half of the frame, the Aces went in order, evening the series at a game apiece.

Aces starter Cesar Valdez dealt a quality start, yet did not figure into the decision. Valdez worked six innings, allowing three runs on five hits. Valdez walked three and struck out five. Out of the Aces bullpen, Jason Urquidez allowed two runs in the seventh inning before Kasey Olenberger came on to deal two scoreless frames. Jose Marte (3-3) entered the game in the 10th and surrendered both Tacoma runs to take the loss.

Tacoma starter Ryan Feierabend worked 6.1 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out five. The win went to reliever Dan Cortes (1-1), who held Reno hitless over the game’s final 2.1 frames.

Jeff Bailey singled and walked for the Aces, extending his home on-base streak to a 2010 Pacific Coast League best and franchise-record 40-consecutive games. Ryan Roberts and Carlos Corporan finished with two hits apiece for the Aces, while Allen finished with three runs batted in.

The series rolls on with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch on Monday night at Aces Ballpark. RHP Kevin Mulvey (6-8, 4.64 ERA) gets the nod for Reno, while Tacoma will counter with LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith (2-1, 4.08 ERA).

Tickets for all Aces games start at just $7, and are available by calling the Reno Aces box office at (775) 334-7000 or by visiting RenoAces.com<http://renoaces.com/>. The brand-new Freight House District, located just outside Aces Ballpark, is open seven days a week, on both game days and non-game days.

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The Reno Aces Baseball Club will open its 2011 home slate on April 15, and will enjoy home games on Memorial Day, Labor Day and the holiday weekend prior to Independence Day, the organization announced today.

The third season of Aces baseball will again feature 144 regular season games, including 72 at Aces Ballpark. The Aces will play host to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on April 15 for the club’s home opener, which will kick-off an eight-game homestand.

Regional rival Sacramento will play eight games at Aces Ballpark, April 19-22 and May 27-30. The Fresno Grizzlies, Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, will make a pair of trips to Reno on July 18-21 and August 29-Sept. 1. The Aces and Las Vegas 51s will renew the vaunted Silver State Diamond Challenge with eight games in Reno on June 21-24 and July 26-29.

Reno will play host to the River Cats on Memorial Day (May 30). The 2011 home slate comes to a close on Labor Day, Sept. 5.

Full and partial season tickets for the 2011 season are on-sale now. Full season ticket packages are being offered in six different seating locations, with a number of exclusive season ticket holder benefits available, including in-seat wait service, private autograph sessions and an opportunity to take batting practice on the Aces Ballpark playing field. The Aces will offer 36-game, 20-game and new 12-game partial plans in the 2011 season. Partial plans start as low as $102.

Beginning tonight, there are just eight home games remaining on the 2010 Aces schedule. Tickets for all Aces games start at just $7, and are available by calling the Reno Aces box office at (775) 334-7000 or by visiting RenoAces.com<http://renoaces.com/>. The brand-new Freight House District, located just outside Aces Ballpark, is open seven days a week, on both game days and non-game days.

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Reno flies past Redhawks, 5-3

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK-A two-run homer for Doug Deeds and another quality start by Matt Torra helped lift the Reno Aces to a 5-3 win over the Oklahoma City RedHawks Thursday night at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.

The Aces scored all five of their runs between the second and fourth innings-capped by a two-run blast off the bat of Deeds, his 10th of the season. Torra would make those five runs stand up, as he surrendered just two runs over seven innings of work.

Oklahoma City put up a run in the seventh and another in the eighth, but Carlos Rosa came on in the ninth to slam the door.

Torra (10-6) earned his team-leading 10th win, Jason Urquidez collected his team-best 12th hold, and Rosa earned his team-leading eighth save.

The loss fell to RedHawks starter Guillermo Moscoso (7-6), who allowed five runs on 10 hits over six frames.

At the plate for Reno, Ed Rogers doubled and singled twice, while Mark Hallberg collected two hits, a run and an RBI. Deeds finished with two hits and three runs driven in.

The Aces and RedHawks close out the series on Friday night at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. RHP Bryan Augenstein (5-7, 6.68 ERA) earns the start for Reno, while Oklahoma City will counter with RHP Brandon McCarthy (2-0, 2.48 ERA). First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. PT.

Reno returns home Saturday, August 21, for a four-game series against Tacoma. Tickets for all Aces games start at just $7, and are available by calling the Reno Aces box office at (775) 334-7000 or by visiting RenoAces.com<http://renoaces.com/>. The brand-new Freight House District, located just outside Aces Ballpark, is open seven days a week, on both game days and non-game days.

Aces fall behind early, lose 10-4 to Redhawks

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—Jeff Bailey put Reno on the board with a solo homer in the fourth, but seven early RedHawk runs were enough to push Oklahoma City to a 10-4 win over the Aces in the series opener Tuesday night at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.

The RedHawks tapped Aces starter Cesar Valdez for five runs in the first inning and never looked back. Oklahoma City added a run in the second, another in the third and two more in the fourth to build a lead that was never seriously threatened. Reno pushed across three runs in the eighth, but the effort fell short, snapping a four-game winning streak.

Valdez (4-9) was pinned with the loss, surrendering nine earned runs over four innings of work. Four Aces relievers combined to hold the RedHawks to just one run and no hits over the next four frames.

The win went to Oklahoma City reliever Michael Kirkman (13-3), who allowed just a run over four frames.

At the dish for Reno, Bailey homered and doubled, finishing with three runs batted in. Doug Deeds, Ed Rogers and Mark Hallberg chipped-in two hits apiece.

The Aces and RedHawks meet again on Wednesday night from AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. RHP Kevin Mulvey (6-8, 4.85 ERA) will start for Reno. RHP Guillermo Moscoso (7-5, 5.26) counters for the RedHawks. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. PT.

Reno returns home Saturday, August 21, for a four-game series against Tacoma. Tickets for all Aces games start at just $7, and are available by calling the Reno Aces box office at (775) 334-7000 or by visiting RenoAces.com. The brand-new Freight House District, located just outside Aces Ballpark, is open seven days a week, on both game days and non-game days.

Aces rally in the 8th to top Zephyrs, 7-4

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(METAIRIE, LA)Brandon Allen’s 23rd home run and a three-run eighth inning helped Reno continue its second-half surge, as the Aces rolled past the New Orleans Zephyrs, 7-4, Sunday night at Zephyr Field.

The victory marks Reno’s fourth-straight overall, and their season-high third-straight on the road.

The Aces and Zephyrs traded leads through the first six frames Monday night, heading to the seventh with the game knotted at 4-4. After a 29-minute rain delay halted play, the Aces came back firing, posting three runs in the eighth to unlock the tie and put Reno ahead for good.

Josh Collmenter went six innings for the Aces, allowing four runs—three earned—on six hits with nine strikeouts. Jose Marte (3-2) was outstanding out of the bullpen, tossing three scoreless frames to finish the proceedings and collect the victory.

Sunday’s loss fell to New Orleans reliever Matt Peterson (3-1), who was charged with all three eighth-inning tallies.

At the dish for Reno, Allen put the Aces on the board for the first time with a solo homer to straightaway centerfield, his team-leading 23rd of the season. Allen, Chris Rahl, Tony Abreu, Ed Rogers and Collmenter all finished with two hits on the night. Rahl and Abreu knocked in two runs apiece.

The Aces go for the series sweep on Monday night at Zephyr Field. RHP Cesar Valdez (4-8, 5.35 ERA) toes the slab for Reno, while New Orleans will counter with RHP Brian Lawrence (9-7, 4.68 ERA). First pitch is set for 5 p.m. PT, and all the action can be heard live on Fox Sports Radio 1450 AM or online at RenoAces.com.

Reno returns home Saturday, August 21, for a four-game series against Tacoma. Tickets for all Aces games start at just $7, and are available by calling the Reno Aces box office at (775) 334-7000 or by visiting RenoAces.com. The brand-new Freight House District, located just outside Aces Ballpark, is open seven days a week, on both game days and non-game days.

Aces win slugfest, 11-8 over Redbirds

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Carlos Corporan had three hits—including his ninth home run of the season—and four RBIs, as Reno salvaged a series split with an 11-8 win over Memphis Wednesday afternoon at Aces Ballpark.

Reno dug itself a hole early, as Matt Torra (9-6) surrendered five first-inning runs, staking the Redbirds to an early 5-0 lead. The Aces would fight back, scoring one in the first and two in the second before taking the lead for good with five runs in the bottom of the third. In the third, Cole Gillespie hit an opposite field two-run homer off the foul pole in right and Tony Abreu added an RBI-single before Corporan capped the scoring with a two-run double.

Torra settled down after the first, giving the Aces seven innings while allowing just one earned run after Memphis’s big first inning. Torra scattered nine hits while striking out five without walking a batter. Jason Urquidez earned his team-leading 11th hold, throwing a scoreless eighth, while Carlos Rosa tossed the ninth for his seventh save.

Nate Robertson (1-1) took the loss for Memphis, surrendering 10 runs on 11 hits in five innings of work.

Corporan finished 3-for-4 with a double, home run and four RBIs. Gillespie chipped in with his sixth homer of the year, while Chris Rahl, Brandon Allen and Abreu all recorded two hits for Reno.

The Aces will enjoy an off day Thursday before opening an eight-game road trip Friday night in New Orleans. Reno will send LHP Zach Kroenke (4-3, 4.24 ERA) to the mound against Zephyrs RHP Nic Ungs (1-0, 4.66 ERA). First pitch is set for 5 p.m. PT from Zephyr Field, and all the action can be heard locally on Fox Sports Radio 1450 AM or online at RenoAces.com.

Reno returns home Saturday, August 21, for a four-game series against Tacoma. Tickets for all Aces games start at just $7, and are available by calling the Reno Aces box office at (775) 334-7000 or by visiting RenoAces.com. The brand-new Freight House District, located just outside Aces Ballpark, is open seven days a week, on both game days and non-game days.

Aces win fifth straight, 8-2 over Redbirds

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Josh Collmenter gave Reno a solid start and Brandon Allen crushed his team-leading 21st home run of the season on Sunday, as the Aces cruised to an 8-2 victory over the Memphis Redbirds at Aces Ballpark.

The win is Reno’s season-best fifth-straight. The Aces have now won seven of eight and nine of their last 12 games.

The Aces scored six times between the third and fifth innings on Monday, and that was plenty of cushion for Collmenter (4-3), who leads all Arizona minor leaguers with 12 overall victories. Collmenter worked 6.0 innings, scattering two runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Kasey Olenberger, TJ Beam and Jose Marte each worked a spotless frame to preserve the victory.

The loss fell to Memphis starter Brandon Dickson (9-8), who surrendered six runs—five earned—on 11 hits over five innings of work. Dickson walked three and punched out five.

At the plate for Reno, Chris Rahl backed-up a  four-hit night on Saturday with three more hits on Sunday—hitting safely in seven-straight at-bats. Jeff Bailey finished with three hits and two RBIs, and Allen wrapped up the scoring with a monster solo home run in the eighth inning.

Sunday’s game was delayed 19 minutes due to rain in the area.

The Aces and Redbirds hook-up again on Monday night at Aces Ballpark. RHP Cesar Valdez (4-7, 4.95 ERA) toes the slab for Reno, while Memphis counters with RHP Lance Lynn (9-8, 5.34 ERA). First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. PT.

Tickets for all Aces games start at just $7, and are available by calling the Reno Aces box office at (775) 334-7000 or by visiting RenoAces.com. The brand-new Freight House District, located just outside Aces Ballpark, is open seven days a week, on both game days and non-game days.

Aces take second straight over Sounds, 3-2

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Ryan Roberts drove in two of Reno’s three runs, and pitchers Kevin Mulvey and Carlos Rosa did the rest, leading the Aces to a 3-2 victory over Nashville Thursday night at Aces Ballpark.

Trailing 2-1 in the fifth, Reno rallied to take the lead for good. Tony Abreu and Ed Rogers led off the frame with back-to-back singles. After Ed Easley reached on an error that scored Abreu, Kevin Mulvey moved the runners up with a sacrifice bunt. Roberts would give the Aces the lead with a sacrifice fly, and the pitching staff held on to give Reno its second victory in as many nights.

Kevin Mulvey (6-7) earned the victory, scattering eight hits and allowing just two runs over seven innings of work. Carlos Rosa slammed the door over the final two innings, striking out three en route to earning his fifth save of the season.

Chase Wright (7-7) suffered the loss for the Sounds, giving up all three runs—two earned—in six innings.

Roberts finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Aces, while Abreu chipped in with two hits in his first game in Reno since June 13.

Reno and Nashville face off again Friday night, with Aces RHP Matt Torra (7-6, 4.14 ERA) set to take the ball against Sounds RHP Marty McLeary (5-6, 7.13 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., and is the final Saint Mary’s Fireworks Friday presented by KOLO 8 of the 2010 season.

Tickets for all Aces games start at just $7, and are available by calling the Reno Aces box office at (775) 334-7000 or by visiting RenoAces.com. The brand-new Freight House District, located just outside Aces Ballpark, is open seven days a week, on both game days and non-game days.

Aces rout Nashville, 12-1

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Five Reno Aces hitters recorded multi-hit games, and Cesar Valdez was brilliant out of the bullpen as Reno took the series opener Wednesday night, 12-1, over the Nashville Sounds at Aces Ballpark.

With the game tied 1-1 in the fourth, Reno exploded for 11 runs in a two-inning stretch and coasted to the victory. The Aces sent 10 men to the plate in the fourth, with Ryan Roberts and Brandon Allen each belting a two-run homer in the frame. In the following inning, Reno sent nine men to the plate for a five-run rally, capped by a Cole Gillespie two-run double

Kris Benson made a Major League rehabilitation start for the Aces, allowing a run on three hits over three innings of work. Valdez (4-7) entered the game in the fourth and retired the first nine batters he faced. He ended up striking out nine and allowing just three hits over six shutout innings of work.

Nashville starter Chuck Lofgren (7-6) took the loss, surrendering 10 runs—four earned—and 11 hits over 4.1 innings pitched.

Jeff Bailey collected three hits on the night, extending his home consecutive on-base streak to 32 games, a new Aces franchise record.

The Aces and Sounds will hook up again on Thursday night from Aces Ballpark. RHP Kevin Mulvey (5-7, 5.11 ERA) takes the ball for Reno, while LHP Chase Wright (7-6, 4.58 ERA) toes the slab for Nashville. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT, and this is another Coors Light Thirsty Thursday™.

Tickets for all Aces games start at just $7, and are available by calling the Reno Aces box office at (775) 334-7000 or by visiting RenoAces.com. The brand-new Freight House District, located just outside Aces Ballpark, is open seven days a week, on both game days and non-game days.