A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that the Houston Astros will play their next two series at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, because of flooding from Hurricane Harvey.
This includes a three-game series beginning Tuesday with the Texas Rangers and a three-game series with the New York Mets starting on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not yet been announced by the teams or by Major League Baseball.
 
Astros to play Rangers, Mets series at Tropicana Field in Florida
 
 
Both the Astros and Rangers flew to Dallas after their games in California on Sunday to await news of where the series would be held. They'll now head to Florida where the Astros will have home games far away from home like they did in the wake of Hurricane Ike in 2008 when they played two scheduled home games in Milwaukee.
It means the Astros will end up playing 19 straight games away from Houston, where the AL Central leaders last played on Aug. 24. A 10-game road trip begins after the Mets series.
  • New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his family have pledged to match all funds donated to the American Red Cross in support of the Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund up to $1 million. The team is currently working with the American Red Cross to create a site to accept donations.
The Patriots have fond memories in Houston, which was the site of their Super Bowl wins in 2017 and 2004. Kraft says Houston was wonderful during those visits and the team is eager to return the favor.
  • The Rice football team is relocating to TCU as flooding continues to inundate Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
The Owls opened the season over the weekend in Australia, where they lost to Stanford. They arrived in Los Angeles on Monday morning. They are expected to arrive in Dallas this afternoon and will temporarily set up headquarters at TCU in Fort Worth until things improve in Houston.
 
Coach David Bailiff says: "While we would love to be coming home today, our first responsibility is the safety of these players. We learned some lessons in 2008 (during Hurricane Ike) about coming home too soon."
The Owls have a week off before traveling to play UTEP on Sept. 9.
Rice is the latest Houston sports team to have its plans altered because of the storm. The Texans have relocated to Dallas and are awaiting word on where their scheduled home preseason game against the Cowboys on Thursday will be played. The Astros are also in Dallas, waiting to see where their scheduled home series set to begin on Tuesday against the Rangers will be played.
Chicago Tribune
 

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