Art Howe’s favorite son is starting at 3B tonight for the AAA Omaha Royals, who are visiting Round Rock in the latter’s Pacific Coast League debut. There’s no score after 3 1/2 innings ; former Kansas City starter Jimmy Gobble has allowed 3 hits so far.

Righty Ezequiel Astacio, previously a candidate for the Astros’ 5th starter spot, has a one hitter going for the Express.

37 year old Trinidad Hubbard is playing CF for Round Rock . Hubbard, a 20 year minor league veteran stole 30 bases last season for Iowa and had already made one nice running catch on the warning track tonight.