Two weeks after the Rays opened their home for the displaced Astros following Hurricane Harvey, Tampa Bay is on the other side of the equation as Hurricane Irma makes its way toward Florida.
MLB announced that the Rays' three-game series against the Yankees will be moved from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg to Citi Field, the home of the Mets. The games will be played on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday as originally scheduled, and the Rays will be the home team.
 
 
Yankees-Rays moving from St. Petersburg to Citi Field
 
Other sites, including Baltimore's Camden Yards and Chicago's Guaranteed Rate Field, were considered before settling on Citi Field, but a lack of hotel rooms in both cities made those neutral sites difficult. By playing in New York -- albeit in Queens, not at the Yankees' Bronx home -- only the Rays' traveling party will require hotel accommodations. "After much consideration, our games against the Yankees will be moved to Citi Field as Hurricane Irma approaches Florida," said Rays president Brian Auld. "We are grateful to the Mets for opening their doors to us. We are most concerned with the safety of our fans, our families, friends and neighbors." Fans holding tickets to Rays-Yankees games at Tropicana Field should check raysbaseball.com/irma and all social media channels in coming days for information on exchanging their tickets or receiving a refund. Information on purchasing tickets to these games at Citi Field, as well as media credentials, will be announced later. With the Yankees holding the top Wild Card spot in the American League and the Rays sitting only 3 1/2 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card, next week's series could have major postseason implications. "Major League Baseball did what they always do; they evaluated all legitimate options and made the decision that was best for all parties," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.  Hurricane Irma, which has already devastated parts of the Caribbean, was headed for South Florida on Friday and is expected to hit the Tampa/St. Petersburg area over the weekend. The Category 4 hurricane has winds in the 150-mph range and is expected to do major damage. Two weeks ago, Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on Houston and much of the Gulf Coast, forcing the Astros to move a home series against the Rangers to Tropicana Field. The Rays are scheduled to be off on Thursday, then open a home series Friday against the Red Sox. This won't be the first time the Yankees have played games on Mets turf -- and not against the Mets. They spent the entire 1974-75 seasons playing at Shea Stadium while Yankee Stadium underwent renovations, and hosted a game against the Angels at Shea in 1998 after an expansion joint fell through Yankee Stadium's upper deck.
Mark Feinsand/MLB.com
 

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