Sports - Hooks Sports - Hooks en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:04:24 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 Hooks Roll to Best Start Sports - Hooks Sun, 13 Apr 2014 7:22:02 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Hooks Roll to Best Start

CORPUS CHRISTI - Home runs by Preston Tucker and Jio Mier off Jonathan Cornelius keyed a four-run fifth as Corpus Christi cruised past Springfield 9-1 before 5,107 at Whataburger Field Sunday.

At 8-2, the Hooks are off to their best start ever.

Tucker, whose walk-off hit gave Corpus Christi a 3-2 decision over Tulsa Saturday night, planted a one-out, full-count fastball on the left-field berm. Mier's first-pitch fastball blast to the Goodwill Zone came with Enrique Hernandez (single) and Tyler Heineman (double) aboard.

Cornelius (0-2) surrendered 11 hits over 4 2/3 but was plagued by defensive struggles as three of the eight runs during his shift were unearned.

Corpus Christi hung such a run on Springfield in the first. Delino DeShields, Jr., opened with a single and advanced 180 feet as the result of first baseman Curt Smith's throwing error on a tag play at second. Andrew Aplin's one-out hit to right picked up DeShields.

Another throwing miscue - this one by catcher Travis Tartamella - enabled two Hooks second-inning scores. His attempt at a hung-up Heineman retreating to third on Mier's bunt skipped well past the bag. Trailing runner Leo Heras also crossed.

A double steal two innings later made it 4-0 Hooks. With Nolan Fontana at bat, a delayed break by Mier to second prompted Heras' dash from third and the return throw was tardy.

Hooks starter David Rollins withdrew due to injury after just six pitches. He issued a full-count walk to Mike O'Neill before calling for assistance from the dugout and was replaced by Jordan Jankowski. Jankowski induced a 4-6-3 double-play ball off the bat of James Ramsey.

Jankowski went on to toss three scoreless frames. He yielded a hit, a walk and fanned two. Aaron West (2-0) continued the mastery, filing five scoreless innings in which he faced one over the minimum. Ramsey spoiled the shutout by cracking a lead-off homer in the ninth off Travis Ballew.

DeShields' solo homer off Anthony Ferrara in the eighth left the Corpus Christi DH a triple shy of the cycle. Tucker also collected three hits and has hit in eight straight. Hernandez's streak is six games.

The series continues Monday at 7:10 with Hooks left-hander Luis Cruz (2-0) meeting Kurt Heyer (0-1). Mrs Baird's presents $1 Hot Dogs and Soda.


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Hooks Rally Late, Win Sixth Straight Sports - Hooks Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:11:24 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Hooks Rally Late, Win Sixth Straight

CORPUS CHRISTI - Dan Winkler no-hit the Corpus Christi Hooks for six-plus innings Thursday night at Whataburger Field.

When things went south for Winkler and the Tulsa Drillers, it happened quickly. The result was Corpus Christi's sixth consecutive triumph.

The Hooks sent eight men to the plate during a four-run, four-hit seventh against Winkler and Carlos Hernandez in a 6-0 home-opening triumph before 6,658.

Nolan Fontana's lead-off base-on-balls and a single to right by Andrew Aplin forced Winkler from the mound in the wake of 87 pitches; the right-hander entered Thursday on a 90-pitch limit. He retired 16 consecutive hitters before Fontana worked a 3-1 walk.

Matt Duffy greeted Hernandez with an RBI single to left and Preston Tucker followed suit. Enrique Hernandez's bunt single loaded the bases for Leo Heras, whose ground ball pushed Duffy across. Hernandez later scored on an errant throw.

Winkler (0-1), who walked two and fanned three, threw 58 strikes.

The outburst made a winner of Luis Cruz (2-0), who permitted four hits, walked two and struck out four over three innings.

The Hooks added a pair off Nate Striz in their last turn at bat, Aplin and Duffy picking up RBIs.

Tulsa had the makings of a threat in the second but came up empty. Ryan Casteel looped a single to right and was erased when Tyler Massey bounced into a 6-4-3 double play. It was a fortuitous development for the Hooks, as Brian Humphries then doubled over the head of center fielder Delino DeShields, Jr.

Humphries was gunned at the plate by Fontana on a fielder's choice throw from deep in the hole at short.

The fifth looked promising for the Drillers as well, but another twin killing took Hooks starter Ross Seaton off the hook. Humphries opened the frame with a bunt single and advanced to the keystone as Harold Riggins grounded out. Joey Wong's walk and a single by Delta Cleary, Jr., loaded the bases for Taylor Featherston, who hit a 3-0 offering into a 5-4-3 DP.

That was all for Seaton after five hits, a walk and six strikeouts. Forty-six of his 67 pitches were strikes.

Cruz benefited from an alert play by battery mate Rene Garcia to escape the sixth. With two away, Humphries at the plate, Cristhian Adames (lead-off single) on second and Casteel (walk) at first, Garcia's snap-throw caught Casteel upright returning to the bag. Casteel drifted off the base at the sight of Cruz's pitch in the dirt.

Tulsa's Jon Gray (0-1) meets Matt Heidenreich (0-0) Friday when the teams reconvene at 7:10. Bud Light Friday Fireworks light up the skies at the Port of Corpus Christi.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.


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Hooks Rally to Beat Cards 7-6 Sports - Hooks Tue, 8 Apr 2014 6:13:45 PM Hooks Rally to Beat Cards 7-6

SPRINGFIELD - Jio Mier's lead-off home run in the 11th inning Tuesday afternoon capped an improbable 7-6 come-from-behind victory for the Hooks, who authored a series sweep of the Cardinals at Hammons Field.

With Corpus Christi trailing 5-1, Andrew Aplin opened the ninth by coaxing a walk from Ronnie Shaban. Preston Tucker was next and smashed a double off the glove of first baseman Jonathan Rodriguez and down the right-field line. Enrique Hernandez chased them home with a book-rule double into the Hooks bullpen in left field.

Leo Heras kept the line moving with a walk. MP Cokinos served a single to center, scoring Hernandez from second to bring the Hooks within a run. Heras took third on the throw. Later in the inning, Cokinos stole second base, placing a pair in scoring position for Joe Sclafani. In his second game with the Hooks, Sclafani line a base hit to center field to tie the game. Delino DeShields, Jr., was next and pushed a squeeze bunt up the first-base line for a 6-5 Corpus Christi lead.

Lefty David Rollins, who entered in the sixth, walked Mike O'Neill to begin the Cardinal ninth. Jorge De Leon was called upon from the Corpus Christi bullpen. O'Neill then stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by catcher Tyler Heineman. With the infield drawn in, De Leon (1-0) induced a chopper to second for the first out. Aledmys Diaz followed and hit a broken-bat flare to shallow center to square the score at 6.

In the 11th, Mier, who came off the bench in the ninth as a defensive replacement, deposited the first pitch from Ryan Sheriff onto the berm in center field for his first bomb of the season.

Mier is 5-for-12 (.417) with two doubles, a home run and six RBIs to start the season.

Travis Ballew pitched the bottom half for the Hooks and worked around a lead-off single to secure his second save of the season.

Corpus Christi scratched a run in the first off Springfield start Kurt Heyer. DeShields cracked a double to begin the game and cruised to third on a wild pitch. Tucker later bounced into a force play, allowing DeShields to scamper home.

Heyer held the Hooks to two hits over the next six innings. He walked one, fanned four and, at one point, retired 16 in a row.

The Hooks are off Wednesday before opening a three-game series against Tulsa on Thursday at Whataburger Field. Ross Seaton and lefty Luis Cruz are slated to pitch for Corpus Christi.

Gates open at 5:40 and first pitch is 7:10 as all fans are treated to 2014 Hooks Schedule Magnets from CPL Retail Energy and postgame fireworks. It's also Thirsty Thursday (discounted beer and soda) courtesy of Stripes.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.


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Four Finalist For Men's TAMUK Basketball Set to Visit Campus Sports - Hooks Tue, 8 Apr 2014 1:55:32 PM TAMUK.COM Four Finalist For Men's TAMUK Basketball Set to Visit Campus

KINGSVILLE, Texas -Texas A&M University-Kingsville's Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics and Campus Recreation Scott Gines has announced four finalists who will interview on campus for the men's basketball head coaching vacancy beginning Wednesday.

The four candidates include current Cardinal Stritch University head coach Drew Diener, former Javelina player and graduate assistant coach Johnny Estelle, who was an assistant at the University of Houston this past season, Benedict College associate athletic director and head coach Freddrell Watson, and current Texas A&M International University head coach Bryan Weakley.

Estelle, who will be in town Wednesday through Thursday is no stranger to South Texas. He played two seasons for the Javelinas setting a single-game record for 3-point baskets with nine in the 1996 Lone Star Conference Tournament en route to MVP honors and had a school-record 88 steals during the 1995-96 season. Following his playing career, Estelle spent one season as a graduate assistant coach with the Javelinas.

After his season on the sidelines with Kingsville, Estelle spent a season as an assistant coach with Northland Pioneer College in Arizona. He returned to Texas as an assistant coach at Navarro College in August of 2000. Estelle served as an assistant for eight seasons with the Bulldogs before taking over the controls as head coach - a position he held for five seasons.

As the head coach at Navarro, Estelle was named the NJCAA District XIV Coach of the Year three times. He finished with a 126-48 overall record as the head coach averaging 25-plus wins a season. Three of his teams advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament including a Final Four showing in 2010.

Weakley will be the second candidate in town visiting Thursday and Friday. He has spent the past two seasons as head coach at Texas A&M International after serving as the associate head coach of the Dustdevils for three seasons. In his two seasons as head coach, he has amassed a 37-21 record including a school-best 22-9 mark this past season. Weakley guided the team to its second-ever Heartland Conference Tournament title, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the second time.

Prior to joining the Dustdevils, Weakley was an assistant coach at the University of Alaska-Anchorage for five seasons. He helped lead the team to the NCAA Division II Tournament three times in five years including a Final Four appearance in 2008. Prior to coaching in Alaska, he spent one year in London where he was the was the developmental coach for London Towers and head coach at Middlesex University, leading the university to a 33-2 record and the BUSA National Championship.

Watson will be in town next Sunday and Monday to interview for the position. He has spent his entire professional coaching career at NCAA II Benedict College where he began as the head coach in 2002 and was a 3-time All-America selection as a player in the 1990s. He led the entire nation in rebounding in all NCAA divisions with 13.9 rebounds a game as a junior.

In his 12 seasons as head coach, he has posted a 247-90 mark and was the 2013 Box to Row Division II National Coach of the Year. His teams have won five Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season titles, four SIAC Tournament Championships and made eight NCAA II regional appearances. His Tigers have finished the season nationally ranked four times, and his 2008 team was ranked #1 in the nation among HBCUs. Additionally, Watson has assumed various administrative roles at Benedict. He was named the associate athletic director in July of 2013 after a year as the assistant athletic director.

Diener will be the final candidate to interview as he will be in town April 15-16. A graduate of St. Louis University, he has served as the head coach of NAIA powerhouse Cardinal Stritch in Milwaukee, Wisc. In five seasons he has amassed a record of 143-33, winning the NAIA Division II National Championship in 2013 while also being named NAIA National Coach of the Year. His teams have reached the national tournament each season, winning five regular-season league championships and posting five consecutive 20-plus win seasons. Diener's 2013-14 team advanced to the NAIA Sweet 16, spent 7 consecutive weeks ranked #1 nationally, and he is a 5-time recipient of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

Diener, who played collegiately at St. Louis University, spent four seasons at the University of Virginia for coach Dave Leitao. He was an assistant coach in 2007-08 and 2008-09 after spending the prior two seasons as the director of basketball operations. The 2008 team reached the semifinals of the CBI, while the 2007 squad shared the ACC regular-season crown advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He also served as the assistant director of basketball operations for Leitao at DePaul and was the Dave Leitao Camp Director from 2005-08.

Texas A&M-Kingsville expects to have a head coach named by the end of the spring semester.



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Astros Set Hooks Roster Sports - Hooks Wed, 2 Apr 2014 10:42:58 AM Corpus Christi Hooks Astros Set Hooks Roster

CORPUS CHRISTI - Fifteen returners and a pair of Astros top 20 prospects are tabbed to open the 10th season of Hooks Baseball. Quinton McCracken, Houston's director of player development, announced initial 2014 rosters Wednesday for Corpus Christi and the Astros' other full-season affiliates.

Delino DeShields, Jr., and shortstop Nolan Fontana are ranked seventh and 18th on's list of Houston prospects. DeShields, making the transition from second base to center field, is also considered the fastest base runner in the organization, according to Baseball America. Fontana has arguably the best strike-zone discipline in the system, coaxing 167 walks against 144 strikeouts in his career.

Joining DeShields in the outfield are Andrew Aplin, Chris Epps, Leo Heras and Preston Tucker. Aplin, a California League All-Star last season, led the circuit in RBIs (107) and ranked second in runs (102) and walks (83). Tucker posted a composite .297 average with 25 home runs and 103 RBIs between Lancaster and the Hooks in 2013. His RBI total was seventh among minor leaguers.

Matt Duffy, Enrique Hernandez and Jio Mier welcome newcomers Fontana and Joe Sclafani on the infield.

Houston's catching depth is reflected in Corpus Christi. Rene Garcia hit .304 in 73 games for the Hooks last season and threw out 51 percent of runners attempting to steal. He is joined by M.P. Cokinos and Tyler Heineman, who combined for 26 home runs 165 RBIs at Lancaster in 2013. Heineman was the best defensive backstop in the CL, leading all catchers in fielding percentage (.991), assists (90) and caught-stealing percentage (42%). Cokinos also played 49 games at first base for the JetHawks last season.

Corpus Christi's Opening Day pitching duo is Brady Rodgers and lefty Colton Cain. Rodgers was a third-round pick of the Astros in 2012 out of Arizona State. Cain was acquired in the Wandy Rodriguez trade with Pittsburgh, along with LHP Rudy Owens and OF Robbie Grossman, on July 24, 2012. The 6-3, 235-pound southpaw went 8-5 with a 3.88 ERA in 28 appearances (19 starts) between Quad Cities and Lancaster last season.

The balance of the Hooks' tandem rotation features David Rollins (LH)/Aaron West, Luis Cruz (LH)/Ross Seaton and Tommy Shirley (LH)/Matt Heidenreich.

Jorge De Leon, one of 14 former Hooks to make his big league debut last season, returns to Corpus Christi's bullpen. Hard-throwing lefty Alex Sogard and right-hander Andrew Robinson are also back. The rest of the relief corps consists of Travis Ballew, T.J. Geith (LH), Jordan Jankowski and Tommy Shirley (LH).

The 10th season of Hooks Baseball begins Thursday night at ONEOK Field in downtown Tulsa. First pitch is at 7:05 PM. Corpus Christi's home slate kicks off April 10 at 7:10 PM against the Drillers at Whataburger Field. For tickets and a look at the promotional calendar, click here or call 361-561-HOOK (4665).


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12 Former Hooks on Big League Roster Sports - Hooks Tue, 25 Mar 2014 8:37:29 PM 12 Former Hooks on Big League Roster

SAN ANTONIO -- As the Astros prepare to break their Kissimmee, Fla., spring training camp Thursday for H-E-B Big League Weekend and a two-game exhibition set with the Texas Rangers at the Alamodome, 12 former Corpus Christi Hooks are on Houston's active roster.

Texas' two Major League Baseball clubs and American League West Division rivals face off at 7:05 Friday and 1:05 Saturday. To purchase tickets, click here

Right-handers Matt Albers and Jarred Cosart, both Houston-area natives, are at opposite ends of the age spectrum. Signed by his original organization as a free agent in December, Albers has pitched for the Astros, Orioles, Red Sox, Diamondbacks and Indians. Born on January 20, 1983 (31), Albers graduated from Sugar Land Clements and pitched at San Jacinto College. Selected in the 23rd round of the 2001 draft, he earned Texas League Pitcher of the Year honors five years later in the wake of Corpus Christi's championship season.

Albers was the first Hook promoted directly to Houston, debuting July 25, 2006.

Cosart, just 23 (May 25, 1990), pitched at League City's Clear Creek High School. A 2008 38th-round pick of Philadelphia, he was part of the Hunter Pence trade in 2011 and played for Corpus Christi that season and the next. Cosart was tabbed the Astros' No. 2 starter last week by manager Bo Porter. He's best known for carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning of his big-league debut against the Tampa Bay Rays last July and was 1-1 with a 1.95 earned run average as a rookie.

Houston's No. 3 starter, lefty Brett Oberholtzer, went 4-5 and posted a 2.76 ERA over 13 appearances (10 starts) for Houston last season. He's from the Hooks Class of 2012. Oberholtzer also pitched for Corpus Christi the previous summer after coming from Atlanta in the Michael Bourn deal.

A pair of MLB all-stars - catcher Jason Castro and second baseman Jose Altuve - are Corpus Christi grads among the established Astros veteran core at 26 and 23, respectively. Castro (2009 Hooks) debuted in the big leagues four years ago and Altuve completely bypassed Triple-A the next season. They hit .276/18/56 and .283/5/52 in 2013, combining for 127 runs and 66 doubles.

Here are former Hooks on the Astros' current active roster, ages in parentheses, with 2013 stat lines - all at Houston unless otherwise noted:

RHP Matt Albers (31) | 3-1/3.14 ERA in 56 games with Cleveland

2B Jose Altuve (23) | .283/5/52 with 33 SB in 152 games

C Jason Castro (26) | .276/18/56 in 120 games

LHP Kevin Chapman (26) | 1-1/1.77 ERA in 25 games

RHP Jarred Cosart (23) | 1-1/1.95 ERA in 10 starts

RHP Josh Fields (28) | 1-3/4.97 ERA in 41 games

OF Robbie Grossman (24) | .268/4/21 in 63 games

LHP Dallas Keuchel (26) | 6-10/5.15 ERA in 31 games

OF Marc Krauss (26) | .209/4/13 in 52 games

LHP Brett Oberholtzer (24) | 4-5/2.76 ERA in 13 games

SS Jonathan Villar (22) | .243/1/8 with 18 SB in 58 games

RHP Asher Wojciechowski (25) | 11-8/3.32 at Corpus Christi & Oklahoma City

"We had an unprecedented 14 former Hooks promoted from Corpus Christi and Oklahoma City to the big club last year," team president Ken Schrom said. "It's always a thrill for all of us when that happens. Those in our front office feel a sense of pride, as do our fans. And, our fans play a huge role in the success of the players who have the opportunity to gain their Double-A experience in such a great baseball market.

"I'm sure a number of them are looking forward to seeing each other in San Antonio this weekend."


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Hooks, Missions to Play at Minute Maid Park Sports - Hooks Mon, 10 Feb 2014 2:20:13 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Hooks, Missions to Play at Minute Maid Park

HOUSTON - The Corpus Christi Hooks, Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, play host to the San Antonio Missions on June 10 at Minute Maid Park in the first-ever Astros Futures Game presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.

The first regular-season Texas League game at the venue, which begins at 6:10 p.m., provides fans with the opportunity to see some of the Astros' bright young minor league talent, recently rated as the best in baseball by

Several of Houston's current minor league players are rated at or near the top at their respective positions, including RHP Mark Appel, SS Carlos Correa, 1B Jon Singleton, OF George Springer, OF Delino DeShields and RHP Lance McCullers.

"We're extremely excited about the talent in our system, and our knowledgeable fans are as well," Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow said. "The Astros Futures Game gives the fans in Houston the chance to see some of our young prospects, and gives our players the experience of playing in a Major League ballpark."

In 2013, Corpus Christi had the Texas League's best record for the second straight season at 83-57 en route to capturing South Division titles in both halves. Five members of the 2013 Hooks were called up to the Astros Major League club, and 14 former Hooks made their Astros debut in 2013, an all-time high. In 2012, Corpus Christi set a franchise record with an 85-55 mark.

The San Antonio Missions are defending 2013 Texas League champions and an affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

"Our I-37 Series is a great natural rivalry with the Missions," Hooks President Ken Schrom said. "The Futures Game will be an enjoyable and memorable experience for all the players as they showcase their talents and abilities. It'll be a treat for the fans, too. We appreciate the opportunity to participate in such a unique, exciting event."

All tickets for the Futures Game are $10.00. Seating is General Admission and parking free based on availability. Astros and Hooks full-season ticket holders receive free tickets to the Futures Game as an added benefit of their 2014 season-ticket package. Tickets are on sale now by calling 1-877-9ASTROS or visiting

"We're very pleased to give our fans this opportunity because of the level of excitement surrounding our minor league system," Astros President Reid Ryan said. "Also, the Astros Futures Game is one of the many exciting elements of the Astros/Hooks ownership structure. We look forward to continue building the relationship between Hooks and Astros fans."



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Astros Farm System Ranked the Best in MLB Sports - Hooks Tue, 28 Jan 2014 2:43:08 PM Drew Collins - Astros Farm System Ranked the Best in MLB

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Houston Astros Farm System is the best in Major League Baseball, according to ESPN's Keith Law.

Great news for Hooks fans.

Every year Law ranks each organization according to the players that are currently in their system. Law points out that the Astros farm system was one of the worst in baseball just a few years ago, and they are headed in the right direction.

Law singles out some specific players that we saw with the Hooks last season, and we know there's plenty more talent on the way.

Here's the link to ESPN's full rankings:

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Bodie Back For 2014 Sports - Hooks Wed, 15 Jan 2014 6:51:16 PM Bodie Back For 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI - Keith Bodie is returning to Corpus Christi for his third season as manager of the Hooks, the Houston Astros announced Wednesday.

Pitching coach Gary Ruby, hitting coach Tim Garland, athletic trainer Bryan Baca and strength coach Trey Wiedman remain on Corpus Christi's staff. Former Hooks manager Tom Lawless joins the club as a developmental specialist.

Bodie, who has led Corpus Christi to back-to-back playoff appearances, stands 164-116 (.586) as Hooks skipper. Corpus Christi set franchise records for victories each of the last two seasons and has won three consecutive halves in Texas League South Division play. He was a member of the U.S. coaching staff at the 2013 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

Bodie, 57, embarks upon his seventh consecutive year in the Astros system and his 39th professional season. He served as Hooks hitting coach in 2009.

Bodie's current run in the Houston organization began in 2008, when he worked as hitting coach for Salem (Va.) of the Carolina League. The Brooklyn native also tutored Astros Triple-A hitters in Round Rock (2010) and Oklahoma City (2011).

In 17 seasons as a manager from short-season Class A through Triple-A, Bodie's teams have compiled a regular-season record of 1,150-1,041 for an overall winning percentage of .525. Ten of his clubs have qualified for post-season play.

In six campaigns as a Texas League manager, Bodie's clubs have won six second-half championships. He was 2012 Texas League Manager of the Year.

Bodie's circuit record is 470-363 for a .564 winning percentage, fourth all-time among TL managers with at least 500 games.

A third-round pick of the New York Mets in the 1974 draft out of South Shore High School in Brooklyn, Bodie spent nine seasons as a player in the Mets and Astros farm systems, reaching Triple-A with Tucson in 1981. Primarily a third baseman and outfielder, Bodie posted a career .256 batting average with 42 home runs, 294 RBIs and 98 stolen bases over 869 games.

Bodie is the fifth manager in Hooks history, following Lawless (2011), Wes Clements (2010), Luis Pujols (2008-09) and Dave Clark (2005-07).

Ruby returns for his seventh season as a pitching coach in the Houston system and third in Corpus Christi. He was the Mike Coolbaugh Texas League Coach of the Year in 2013. Ruby came to South Texas after three years as pitching coach for the New York-Penn League's Tri-City ValleyCats.

Ruby, 64, has worked as a pitching coach or a minor league pitching coordinator since 1987, when he was hired by the California Angels. His nine-year stint with the Angels included stops in Midland, Edmonton and Vancouver. He then worked two seasons (1996-97) as pitching coach for Cleveland's Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo.

Ruby spent four seasons (1998-2001) in the Phillies organization, concluding his term as the system's director of player personnel for a year and a half. He then moved on to Pittsburgh, where he spent six seasons (2002-07) as the Pirates' minor league pitching coordinator. He joined the Astros in 2008 as the pitching coach for Salem of the Carolina League.

This winter, Ruby was in the Dominican Republic, serving as pitching coach for Los Toros del Este. He spent parts of the past three off-seasons with Leones del Escogido. Escogido captured the Dominican Winter League title in 2012, posting a team ERA of 3.28.

Garland begins his second season with the Astros organization following seven years as a coach in Oakland's system. Garland, 43, served as hitting coach of the rival Midland RockHounds in 2011 and 2012. The 16-year minor league veteran made his coaching debut in 2006 with Kane County of the Midwest League and tutored High-A Stockton hitters from 2007-10.

Drafted by the New York Yankees in 1989 out of Pensacola Junior College, Garland notched a career .281 batting average in 1,356 games and 5,138 at-bats. He tallied 1,445 hits, 41 home runs, 471 RBIs and 388 stolen bases.

Garland played four seasons as a Yankee farmhand, reaching the Carolina League before moving to the independent ranks. He finished a two-year term in the Texas-Louisiana League with Rio Grande Valley in 1995. Garland hit .301 with 20 doubles, nine home runs, 44 RBIs and 37 stolen bases in 96 games for the White Wings, prompting San Francisco to sign him as a free agent the following year.

He played in the Giants and Orioles systems over the next three seasons before being picked up by the Athletics. Garland played for the RockHounds in 1999, the first season of their Oakland affiliation, batting .289 with six home runs, 55 RBIs and 28 stolen bases.

Lawless, 57, begins his sixth consecutive season in the Astros system. He will work with the Hooks and scout the Texas League on home dates. When Corpus Christi travels, Lawless will tour other Houston affiliates.

The former major league infielder worked in the same role at Triple-A Oklahoma City last season. Lawless began 2012 as Houston's roving infield instructor. He closed out the campaign as the RedHawks' interim manager in the wake of Tony De Francesco's promotion to Houston on August 19.

Lawless took charge of the Hooks in 2011 in what was his 10th season as a minor league manager. He piloted the High-A Lancaster JetHawks in 2010 and was at the helm of the South Atlantic League's Lexington Legends in 2009.

A Pennsylvania native, Lawless played portions of eight seasons in the major leagues with Cincinnati, Montreal, St. Louis and Toronto. Primarily a second and third baseman, Lawless appeared in 343 games.

Lawless is well known for two events during his big-league playing career. In August of 1984 he was traded by Cincinnati to Montreal in exchange for Pete Rose - the only deal involving Rose in his 24-year career. And in the 1987 World Series, Lawless clubbed a three-run home run off eventual Series MVP Frank Viola to help the Cardinals beat the Twins 7-2 in Game 4.

Selected by Cincinnati in the 17th round of the 1978 draft out of Penn State Erie, Lawless spent five seasons in the minors before making his major league debut with the Reds on July 15, 1982. Lawless fashioned three consecutive seasons in the Reds system (1979-1981) in which he stole 60 or more bases, including a total of 123 steals with Double-A Waterbury of the Eastern League in 1980 and 1981.

Baca, 33, is in his eighth season with the Astros organization and his second at Corpus Christi. Baca came to the Sparkling City after a two-year stay at Lancaster of the California League.

The Santa Fe, New Mexico, native began his tenure with Houston in 2007 as Rookie League Greeneville's athletic trainer. He then served three seasons for the Tri-City ValleyCats in the New York-Penn League.

Prior to his employment with the Astros, Baca worked for the Santa Fe RoadRunners of the North American Hockey League. He graduated from New Mexico State with a B.S. in Athletic Training.

Wiedman is in his second season with the Hooks and his third as a strength and conditioning coach in the Astros organization. He was stationed at Lexington in 2012.

Prior to his tenure with Houston, Wiedman served area high schools in his hometown of Memphis.

A four-year letterman in baseball at the University of Memphis, he posted a .290 career batting average, totaling 31 doubles, 21 home runs and 111 RBIs. Wiedman led the Tigers in average (.302), slugging percentage (.467), total bases (93), hits (60), RBIs (39) and home runs (8) as a sophomore. The 27-year-old graduated in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science.



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Hooks Will Celebrate Tenth Season in a Big Way Sports - Hooks Wed, 8 Jan 2014 5:27:45 PM Hooks Will Celebrate Tenth Season in a Big Way

CORPUS CHRISTI - A new Daktronics video board in left field will enable fans to watch the 10th season of Hooks baseball in high-definition from more angles, team president Ken Schrom announced Wednesday.

The club also revealed a number of 10th season initiatives.

Installation of the video board is set for the first week of February. At 979 square feet, the largest television in South Texas is coming to Whataburger Field. The Hooks have acquired five new HD cameras and renovated the stadium control room to accommodate new components.

"We're excited about the opportunity to bring a better, more complete in-game experience to our fans," Schrom said. "The ability to see the game in HD quality and from more camera angles will increase the enjoyment from a baseball perspective and on the entertainment side, we'll be able to better engage fans and sponsors."

General manager Michael Wood unveiled the team's new 10th season logo as the first of a number of initiatives to celebrate a decade of Hooks Baseball. The team features a new alternate uniform top; all home games begin at 10 minutes past the hour; and a Hooks 10th anniversary team will be released in April.

"Celebrating our 10th season all summer long is something we think will energize the organization and our fans," Wood said. "On top of the start times and uniforms we have several other ideas in the works that we'll announce as the season unfolds."

New Video Board Facts

•The video board is 20.4' high and 48' wide, totaling 979.2 square feet. It is the equivalent of 79 60" flat-screen TVs or 2,300 iPads. As a point of reference, the old video board was 15'6" high and 20'6" wide, for a total of 317.75 square feet.

•The new video board is 82 baseballs tall and 192 baseballs wide and approximately XXX feet from home plate.

•Installation begins the first week in February. The video board will be assembled in South Dakota, driven to Corpus Christi and welded to the existing framework below the Whataburger Field sign.

•Over 2,500 feet of fiberoptic cable will be laid to reach the video board and four cameras from the control room above home plate.

•The video board consists of nearly 20,000 LED lights, which are 15 millimeters apart. If strung together the lights would consist of 3,800 feet of Christmas lights.



•With the video board comes five new HD cameras and production room renovation by TSE (Total Sports Entertainment). The new facility allows the Hooks to show replays from four separate camera angles, use a wireless, roving camera to explore the ballpark during games and produce a complete HD experience for fans.


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Springer: Hooks Player of the Year Sports - Hooks Fri, 13 Dec 2013 4:15:43 PM Springer: Hooks Player of the Year

CORPUS CHRISTI - Outfielder George Springer has been chosen as the Clear Channel Media + Entertainment Hooks Player of the Year for 2013. Springer's near-historic campaign will be recognized at the 10th South Texas Winter Baseball Banquet on January 29 at the Solomon P. Ortiz Center.

Rated by as Houston's No. 3 prospect, Springer hit .303 with 37 home runs, 108 RBIs and a 1.010 OPS between Corpus Christi and Oklahoma City last year. He stole 45 bases in 53 attempts, flirting with the first 40-homer, 40-steal minor league season since 1956.

Springer, 24, was the top Texas League run producer in the first half of 2013. He batted .297 with 19 home runs and 55 RBIs for the Hooks. At the time of his late June promotion to Triple-A, Springer ranked among the TL leaders in hitting (6th), home runs (T-1st), RBIs (T-2nd), stolen bases (23, T-2nd), hits (81, T-4th), doubles (20, 5th) and runs scored (56, 1st).

Springer was selected as the circuit's Player of the Week for May 27 to June 2. He hit .400 (12-for-30) with eight runs scored, four doubles, four home runs and 12 RBIs during that seven-game stretch.

Springer, who was taken by the Astros as the 11th overall pick in the 2011 draft, made his final appearance in a Corpus Christi uniform during the Texas League All-Star Game. He clubbed two home runs and earned game MVP honors as the South blanked the North 6-0.

The New Britain, Conn., native played in 62 games for the RedHawks, batting .311 with 18 home runs and 53 RBIs. Springer hit safely in 15 of his first 16 games with Oklahoma City and was labeled the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for July 8-15.

During his time as a RedHawk, Springer led the PCL in home runs, RBIs and OPS (1.058), and slotted second in stolen bases (21).

For the season, he authored a trio of five-RBI performances and logged four multi-homer games.

Springer was named Astros Minor League Player of the Year, Texas League Player of the Year and's Offensive Player of the Year.

The South Texas Winter Baseball Banquet is presented by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Clear Channel Media + Entertainment. Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan is the featured speaker. Tickets are available at the Whataburger Field Box Office or by phone at 361-561-HOOK (4665).



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Nolan Ryan to Speak at South Texas Winter Banquet Sports - Hooks Mon, 9 Dec 2013 3:22:38 PM Nolan Ryan to Speak at South Texas Winter Banquet

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Hooks' 10th season is just 114 days away.

January's South Texas Winter Baseball Banquet and Astros Caravan Luncheon annually signal the start of baseball season in the Coastal Bend.

The 2014 edition of the banquet, set for Wednesday, January 29, at the Solomon P. Ortiz Center, celebrates the milestone with a native South Texan who's made his mark as a Lone Star legend.

Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan headlines next month's South Texas Winter Baseball Banquet, presented by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and ClearChannel Media + Entertainment. Also returning that night as master of ceremonies: original Hooks play-by-play voice Matt Hicks, who now calls games for the Texas Rangers.

Tickets are on sale at the Whataburger Field Box Office. To order by phone, call 361-561-HOOK (4665).

Details on the January 24 luncheon, also scheduled for the Ortiz Center, will be released at a later date.

"Getting Nolan here for the 10th banquet was a huge priority for us," Hooks president Ken Schrom said Monday from the Baseball Winter Meetings in Orlando. "We are delighted and excited to have him on the program. I can't think of a better way to herald our celebration of the 10th season of Hooks Baseball."

Baseball's all-time strikeout (5,714) and no-hit (7) king, Ryan is a principal owner of Ryan-Sanders Baseball. Ryan-Sanders Baseball owns the Triple-A Round Rock Express, Ryan-Sanders Entertainment and Ryan-Sanders Sports Services. On October 1, Ryan-Sanders Baseball sold the Double-A Hooks to parent club Houston. Nolan's oldest son, Reid, founded the Express (2000) and Hooks (2005) and is now president of the Astros.

On November 1, Nolan completed a six-season run as president and CEO of the Rangers. Under his leadership, Texas captured consecutive American League pennants in 2010-11 and topped 3 million in attendance for the first time (2012).

In 2010, he became the first Hall of Fame player to reach postseason play as team president or general manager since Stan Musial of the 1967 Cardinals. Nolan was also the first to work as president of a World Series participant after playing in a World Series (1969 Mets) since Al Rosen, who played on Cleveland's 1948 and 1954 World Series clubs and was president/GM of the 1989 Giants.

In addition, Nolan was the third Hall of Fame player to serve as president of a major league franchise, joining John Montgomery Ward (1912) and Christy Mathewson (1923 and 1925), both of the Boston Braves, and the first to serve a World Series team.

Elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame during his first year of eligibility, Nolan was inducted in 1999 on 98.79 percent of the ballots, the second-highest mark ever. He is the only player to have his uniform number retired by three different clubs: the Angels (30), Astros and Rangers (34).

Since his retirement as a player in 1993, Nolan has served the Rangers and Astros as special assistant while managing a wide range of business interests. He compiled a 324-292 record and 3.19 earned run average in 807 appearances over an unprecedented 27 seasons with the Mets (1966; 1968-71), Angels (1972-79), Astros (1980-88) and Rangers (1989-93).

Nolan has owned or shared 53 major league records. He's fifth in innings pitched (5,387), tied for seventh in shutouts (61) and 13th in victories. His 773 starts are second only to Cy Young's 815. An eight-time All-Star, Nolan threw 12 one-hitters, tying Bob Feller's standard. Nolan also holds two of the top four single-season strikeout totals in history, including an all-time best of 383 in 1973.

He fanned 10 or more batters a record 215 times.

Born in Refugio on January 31, 1947, Nolan's family moved to Alvin when he was six weeks old. He remained an Alvin resident until 2003. Nolan and wife Ruth, who've been married for 46 years, now live in Georgetown. They are the parents of Reid (42), Reese (37) and Wendy and have seven grandchildren. Reese is owner/CEO of Ryan-Sanders Baseball.




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Kleberg Bank Classic Coming to Whataburger Field Sports - Hooks Fri, 6 Dec 2013 1:39:53 PM Kleberg Bank Classic Coming to Whataburger Field

Hooks, Islanders Host Kleberg Bank Classic Feb. 20-23

BYU, TCU, UTSA Visit Whataburger Field

CORPUS CHRISTI - Mark your calendars now for the 2014 Kleberg Bank College Classic, set for Thursday, Feb. 20 through Sunday the 23rd at Whataburger Field!

BYU, TCU and UTSA join Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in one of college baseball's premier early-season tournaments.

Kleberg Bank, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the Corpus Christi Hooks and the Caller-Times have partnered on the Classic since 2011. The Hooks have hosted a Division I tournament since 2006.

Here's a look at the 2014 schedule:

Thursday, February 20
BYU vs. Islanders (DH), 3 p.m.

Friday, February 21
TCU vs. BYU, 2 p.m.
UTSA vs. Islanders, 6 p.m.

Saturday, February 22
BYU vs. UTSA, 2 p.m.
TCU vs. Islanders, 6 p.m.

Sunday, February 23
UTSA vs. TCU, noon

Tickets go on sale January 31 at and the Whataburger Field Box Office. Adult tournament packages are just $24, youth (ages 4-12) $12. Daily tickets are $10 and $5.

Order via phone at 361-561-HOOK (4665).


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Astros Release Former Hooks Manager Dave Clark Sports - Hooks Tue, 1 Oct 2013 5:58:12 PM HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Astros are shuffling manager Bo Porter's coaching staff.

The Astros said in a statement Tuesday, they are not renewing the contracts of first base coach Dave Clark and bullpen coach Dennis Martinez and are reassigning pitching coach Doug Brocail.

Team officials said the 46-year-old Brocail will become a special assistant to general manager Jeff Luhnow and serve as his senior pitching adviser. Brocail had a 24-year pitching career and spent the past two as Astros pitching coach after a half-season in an interim role.

The 51-year-old Clark spent five seasons on the Astros coaching staff, four as third base coach and the last at first base.

Martinez, 58, was a four-time All-Star pitcher. He spent six seasons as a pitching coach in the St. Louis Cardinals system before joining the Astros in 2013.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

10/1/2013 4:58:43 PM (GMT -5:00)


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MIssions Even Series with 2-0 Victory Sports - Hooks Thu, 5 Sep 2013 10:59:13 PM CORPUS CHRISTI - Eddie Bonine pitched seven shutout innings and San Antonio's two-run fourth stood up as the Missions blanked Corpus Christi 2-0 in Game 2 of the Texas League Division Series Thursday at Whataburger Field before 4,116.

The South Division series is tied 1-1. Arkansas has a 2-0 lead over Tulsa in the North.

Bonine allowed five singles, one each in the fourth and sixth and three in the seventh, when the Hooks had him on the ropes but came away empty. The former major leaguer walked three and fanned two. Bonine threw 102 pitches, 65 for strikes.

Jeremy McBryde struck out two in a clean ninth for the save. Tim Sexton worked a 1-2-3 eighth.

Bonine, who has 62 appearances with the Detroit Tigers on his resume (2008-10), found himself in early two-out jeopardy. Bonine hit Erik Castro on the right leg and walked Domingo Santana before running up a 3-0 count against rehabbing Astros catcher Carlos Corporan, who ultimately went down swinging.

Yeison Asencio provided the only early-(second) inning blip for San Antonio vs. Nick Tropeano via a hustling two-out double that eluded Drew Muren's dive in left-center.

An opening base-on-balls haunted Tropeano during the fourth. Adam Buschini's double off the left-center field wall plated Cory Spangenberg. Two outs later, Buschini and Asencio changed places on the right fielder's third double of the series.

Tropeano allowed two-out singles to Jeudy Valdez and Rico Noel the next inning but worked his way out of a first-and-third jam by fanning Spangenberg.

Corpus Christi staged a promising yet unfruitful threat in the sixth as Ronny Torreyes (infield single) and Preston Tucker (walk) reached to begin the home half. Torreyes was doubled off second when Buschini made a diving catch of Castro's sinking liner in left. Bonine again walked Santana, but struck out Corporan.

Tropeano's night was over after he successfully navigated around two-on, one-out difficulty in the seventh. The league strikeout leader permitted seven hits, walked two and struck out seven. Houston's fifth-round pick two years ago threw 106 pitches (66 strikes).

Bonine took a roller coaster ride following the seventh inning stretch and then called it a night. Matt Duffy and Drew Muren set the table with singles right off the bat and the big right-hander escaped unscathed. Enrique Hernandez popped up to catcher Rocky Gale on a sacrifice bunt attempt and pinch-hitter Michael Burgess flew to center. Noel extinguished the rally from center, throwing out Duffy at the plate after picking up Torreyes' single.

San Antonio then singled three times against reliever Carlos Quevedo, but failed to string any hits together and left the bases full.

The series shifts to San Antonio's Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium Friday at 7:05, as the Missions send Donn Roach (8-12) against lefty Luis Cruz (2-0).

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.


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Hooks Beat Missions 2-1 in Playoff Opener Sports - Hooks Wed, 4 Sep 2013 11:17:51 PM Hooks Beat Missions 2-1 in Playoff Opener

CORPUS CHRISTI - Matt Duffy drove in both runs Wednesday night as Corpus Christi sliced San Antonio 2-1 in 11 innings in Game 1 of the Texas League South Division Series at Whataburger Field before 7,138.

The game-winner came on a sacrifice fly to right field off James Needy and scored Domingo Santana, who singled to open the home 11th. Jonathan Meyer pushed Santana and Erik Castro (walk) into scoring position by executing his first sacrifice of 2013.

Needy arrived Tuesday from High-A Lake Elsinore of the California League, where he made 27 starts.

Jonas Dufek picked up his eighth win to go with four saves in 15 appearances since joining the Hooks. Dufek worked two scoreless innings, as did bridge man Alex Sogard.

Santana denied San Antonio's first-inning scoring bid from right field by gunning Rico Noel at the plate. Noel opened the game with a triple to right-center. After Mike Foltynewicz fanned Cory Spangenberg, Adam Buschini flew to Santana in medium right. Hooks catcher Luis Alvarez initially missed the tag while blocking the plate, but successfully lunged after the scurrying Noel.

The F 9-2 double play was one of three in the early going. San Antonio turned two behind Matt Wisler in each of the first two frames. Corpus Christi posted a second twin killing in the fourth.

The Missions concocted two-out trouble for Foltynewicz during the third when Jeudy Valdez beat out an infield hit and Noel walked, but Spangenberg whiffed again on a 98-mph offering.

San Antonio broke through in the sixth thanks to two-out heroics from Tommy Medica. Noel was struck by a pitch and scooted into scoring position on an errant pickoff attempt. He advanced another 90 feet as Spangenberg laid down a sacrifice bunt before Medica's single to right-center past a lunging Santana.

The Missions wasted Yeison Asencio's lead-off double the next inning, the right fielder stranded at third when Santana made a leaping grab to snare Valdez' liner.

Wisler issued a one-out walk to Santana in the seventh and was lifted for Ryan Kelly. Castro greeted the right-hander with a single to right. Kelly struck out Meyer, but Duffy shot a game-tying hit the same way.

Wisler, who threw just 64 pitches through the first five innings, allowed two hits while facing two over the minimum through six. San Diego's seventh-round selection two years ago ultimately walked three and struck out four. Fifty-two of his 88 pitches were strikes.

Foltynewicz went a little deeper, using 104 pitches (60 strikes) to cover seven complete. He yielded five hits, walked two and recorded six strikeouts. Foltynewicz sat at 69 pitches through five. At one point he threw a 97 mph fastball, then a curveball clocked at 76.

It was San Antonio's sixth walk-off loss since August 1 and Corpus Christi's 12th walk-off win of the year.

Spangenberg owns a 16-game hitting streak.

Corpus Christi's Nick Tropeano (7-10) and Eddie Bonine (4-3) meet at 7:05 Thursday in Game 2 of the series.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.



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Hooks Make History - Win Texas League 1st & 2nd Halves Sports - Hooks Mon, 2 Sep 2013 10:51:09 PM Corpus Christi Hooks Hooks Make History - Win Texas League 1st & 2nd Halves

CORPUS CHRISTI - Domingo Santana homered twice and drove in four runs as Corpus Christi defeated San Antonio 7-6 Labor Day afternoon at Whataburger Field before 6,006.


The Hooks, who finished a game ahead of the Missions in Texas League South second-half action at 41-29, secured home-field advantage in the best-of-five Division Series, which begins here Wednesday. That means a Game 5 - if necessary - would be played at Whataburger Field Sunday night after two games in Corpus Christi and two in the Alamo City.

Corpus Christi has captured three straight TL South halves.

San Antonio began the ninth down 7-4 but pushed two runs across on just one hit as third baseman Jiovanni Mier committed an error and Rico Noel (RBI) scored on a wild pitch. Mier's backhanded stop of a sharp two-hop grounder and off-balance throw to first baseman Erik Castro nipped Adam Buschini for the final out.

Jonas Dufek, called on to replace Alex Sogard after a lead-off walk to Austin Hedges, navigated the tumultuous ninth to earn his fourth save. Sogard was charged with an unearned run, walked one and struck out two over 2 2/3.

San Antonio used four hits and two fielding miscues in building a 3-0 first-inning lead. Jake Blackwood's hustling RBI triple off the glove of Santana in right field and Yeison Asencio's run-scoring single were key. Santana dropped a fly and third baseman Jonathan Meyer failed to find the handle on a backhand play.

The Hooks pulled to within a run in the third. Drew Muren's one-out double preceded an RBI single from Luis Alvarez. Enrique Hernandez later pushed Alvarez home on a deep sac fly to left.

Santana's 24th home run of 2013 - a lead-off bomb beyond the left-field berm - created a fourth-inning stalemate.

That was just a portent of things to come as Santana belted a three-run bomb off Ryan Kelly (1-2) the next inning. All of Corpus Christi's damage came with two away; Ronny Torreyes, Hernandez and Preston Tucker (RBI) singled consecutively in advance of Santana's 25th, which pushed the Hooks ahead 7-3.

Hooks starter Ruben Alaniz (9-9), who surrendered a sixth-inning lead-off homer to Blackwood, lasted through 5 1/3 innings, seven hits, one earned run, a walk and three strikeouts. The La Grulla native threw 86 pitches (59 strikes).

Torreyes completed the regular season with an 11-game hitting streak.

Wednesday's first pitch is 7:05 as Hooks fireballer Mike Foltynewicz (5-3) faces Matt Wisler (8-5).

Tulsa and Arkansas square off in the North Division Series.


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Springer, Martinez Headline Post-Season Awards Sports - Hooks Tue, 27 Aug 2013 9:20:03 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Former Hooks George Springer and David Martinez earned Texas League Player and Pitcher of the Year honors, league president Tom Kayser announced Tuesday. Pitching coach Gary Ruby was named the Mike Coolbaugh Coach of the Year, awarded to the league's top assistant.

Right-handed pitcher Mike Foltynewicz, third baseman Jonathan Meyer and catcher Max Stassi joined Martinez and Springer on the TL Post-Season All-Star Team.

Springer, who entered 2013 as Baseball America's No. 3 Astros prospect, earned the league's Player of the Year award despite playing just the first half of the season with Corpus Christi. In 73 games, Houston's 2011 first-round draft pick hit .297 with 19 home runs, 55 RBIs and 23 stolen bases.

At the time of his promotion to Triple-A, Springer led or shared the Texas League lead in home runs, runs (56), total bases (158) and slugging percentage (.579). With Oklahoma City he has been even better, hitting .307 with 18 home runs, 50 RBIs and 20 steals, while he pursues the first 40-40 season in Minor League Baseball since 1956.

Martinez arrived in Corpus Christi as a less heralded prospect than Springer, but turned into the league's most dominant pitcher. In 26 games with the Hooks, 18 starts, he went 14-2 with a 2.02 ERA and one save. Martinez walked 20 and struck out 86 in 129.1 innings pitched. He allowed more than three runs in an appearance just once.

After a promotion to Oklahoma City August 8, Martinez still paces the circuit in victories, earned run average, WHIP (1.00) and winning percentage (.875). The right-hander from Venezuela made two appearances for Oklahoma City before he made his big league debut August 21 at Texas.

In his second season as Corpus Christi pitching coach, Gary Ruby has led Hooks hurlers to a 3.72 team earned run average, fourth in the Texas League. The club's 14 shutouts lead the league and its four complete games are tied for first.

Ruby is in his sixth year as a pitching coach in the Astros organization and his 27th overall in the minor leagues, dating to his hiring with Cleveland in 1987. He spent three years as a pitcher in the Indians farm system after they drafted him out of Arizona State in 1969.



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Hooks/Frisco PPD at Whataburger Field Sports - Hooks Thu, 18 Jul 2013 10:08:57 PM CORPUS CHRISTI - Thursday night's Texas League game between Corpus Christi and Frisco was postponed due to wet grounds. The game will be played Friday as part of a doubleheader beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Gates open at 4:30.

As with any Hooks home game postponed by rain, a ticket for Thursday night becomes a rain check. Rain checks may be redeemed at the Whataburger Field Box Office for a ticket of equal value to any Hooks 2013 home game, based on availability.

Rain checks can be redeemed beginning Friday morning at 9 a.m. at the Whataburger Field Box Office.



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Hooks Snap Five Game Losing Streak Sports - Hooks Sat, 6 Jul 2013 3:41:44 PM SPRINGFIELD, MO - Corpus Christi doubled its offensive output from the previous five contests and withstood a five-run Springfield rally in the ninth Friday night as the Hooks edged the Cardinals 10-8 at Hammons Field.

Lefty Anthony Ferrara failed to make it out of the top of the first. Ronny Torreyes lined a double into the left-field corner to open the game. Following back-to-back strikeouts, Ferrara plunked Domingo Santana and yielded an RBI single to Jonathan Meyer. Preston Tucker walked and then Enrique Hernandez coaxed a bases-loaded free pass, ending Ferrara's (5-4) night.

Raoul Torrez greeted Corey Baker with a double inside the bag at third which cleared the bases.

Meyer added on to the Hooks advantage in the third with a two-run home run to left field.

Corpus Christi scored three times in the fifth for a 10-0 lead. Zach Johnson capped the frame with a two-out, two-run double off the wall in right field.

Mike Foltynewicz (4-1) battled control problems to notch the victory. The hard-throwing right-hander walked five and struck out seven thru five frames, holding the Cardinals to three runs on two hits. The latter was a solo home run by James Ramsey in the fifth.

Carlos Quevedo allowed one run in relief via a two-out RBI single off the bat of Vance Albitz in the sixth.

Kyle Hallock entered with two on and one away in the seventh and escaped unscathed, stranding the bases loaded. Two of Hallock's four walks on the night were issued in the ninth. Adam Melker's two-out, two-run single with the bases full pulled Springfield within five at 10-5. Albitz, batting in the ninth spot, was next and drilled a three-run home run over the Hooks bullpen in left field.

Andrew Robinson recorded the final out and his first save of the season on a sharp comebacker to the mound from Mike O'Neil.

The Hooks head to Tulsa for a three-game series at ONEOK Field. David Martinez (10-2, 2.02) faces lefty Tyler Matzek (4-6, 3.79) in the opener Saturday night. First pitch is 7:05.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.



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