Saturday, 21 July, 2018

Astros-Rangers series moves from Houston to Florida

ST. PETERSBURG FL- AUGUST 29 A young fan shows his support for family in Houston during the Texas Rangers versus Houston Astros game at Tropicana Field Astros-Rangers series moves from Houston to Florida
Kristopher Love | 29 August, 2017, 01:23

Specifically, swapping the series with the one scheduled for Texas in late September would result in the Rangers playing four straight series on the road. One wonders if it wouldn't be possible for the Astros to simply move their series against the Rangers to the Rangers' home park in Arlington - both clubs are now in Dallas awaiting word on were to go - and then swap out the Rangers-Astros series scheduled for Arlington in late September to Houston, which will be in better shape by then. "We are extremely grateful to the Tampa Bay Rays organization for allowing us to use their facility".

The Astros were also scheduled to host a series against the Mets but that could be moved to NY.

Major League Baseball and the players union also will jointly donate $1 million to the relief efforts in the Houston area, which is dealing with massive flooding after Harvey made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast south of the nation's fourth-largest city.

In the bigger-picture, figuring out where to play a few baseball games isn't the top priority, but it's still something the Astros and the league needed to figure out.

The Astros' three-game series with the Mets scheduled for this weekend at Minute Maid Park may also be moved to Tropicana Field, the team says.

In addition, the followup series against the Mets could very well take place in NY at Citi Field. A 10-game road trip begins after the Mets series.

This could have been more troublesome on the baseball front if not for the Astros' early-season success. That might force the Texans home preseason game on Thursday to be moved as well. They now have a 5.5 game lead over the Cleveland Indians for the best record in the AL.