Hurricane Harvey forces Rangers and Astros to play at Tropicana Field
The series was scheduled for Houston, but the catastrophic flooding in Texas has forced a change in venue
The Astros and Rangers were set scheduled to begin a series in Houston's Minute Maid Park on Tuesday. However, because of the catastrophic flooding that resulted from Hurricane Harvey, the series will be moved to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Major League Baseball made the announcement on Monday.
MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association also announced Monday that they will jointly donate $1 million to various relief efforts for the damage throughout the state of Texas, the American Red Cross among them.
The Astros also announced that all proceeds from the team's Share2Care 50/50 Raffle will go to Houston charities benefitting victims of Hurricane Harvey. to the American Red Cross from all three games of the upcoming home series with the Angels that starts Sept. 1. As well, the Rangers announced that it will donate the proceeds from its Texas 2 Split 50/50 Raffle to the American Red Cross from all three games of the upcoming home series with the Angels that starts Sept. 1.
After the Texas-Houston series concludes, the Astros are slated to host the Mets. Here's the word from the club on that one:
If that's the case, then that would mean 19 straight road or neutral site games for the Astros. Thanks to the Rays' road trip, though, the Astros would get to remain in St. Petersburg if they're still not able to return home.
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