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Rangers face backlash after Astros series moved

30 August 2017, 02:09 | Kristopher Drake

Rangers face backlash after Astros series moved

Rangers face backlash after Astros series moved

"We don't want to distract from that debating about where a baseball game is played".

The Rangers' three-game series with the Astros, which was scheduled Tuesday through Thursday at Minute Maid Park, has been moved to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., after massive flooding left much of Houston under water.

With Hurricane Harvey relief efforts taking place throughout southeast Texas and even more rain in the forecast, the Houston Astros are temporarily unable to host games, but their cross-state rivals, the Texas Rangers, have refused to accommodate their scheduling needs.

While there is no official announcement yet, Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi are both reporting that, because of Harvey and the fallout from the storm, the Astros-Rangers series could shift to neutral Tropicana Field, home of the Rays. That decision will be made later in the week, the Astros said.

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The Tampa Bay Rays have opened up their doors to the Houston Astros in the wake of the devastation from Hurricane Harvey, and now they're opening up their wallets. "People have lost their homes, in some cases their lives".

Houston had just returned from a road series win over the Angels last weekend, and if they are also unable to play their series at home against the Mets, they could see themselves without a true home game until September 15. They were concerned simply switching the series would be unfair to their ticket holders. "The Rangers offered to host us this week, but not switch series with us".

The Rangers have stated they will donate part of the 50/50 raffles from this week's game to the American Red Cross. In essence, have all six of our remaining games (against the Rangers) at the ballpark in Arlington. They didn't want to end the season playing a 12-game road trip. "We had to look at our players" best interest and we had to look at the integrity of the schedule".

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