Astros, Rangers shuffle interleague series to Tampa

Hurricane Harvey

As the state of Texas continues to deal with the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, the storm has already forced a scheduling change for a team in one of the cities hit hardest by Harvey, the Houston Astros. The Rangers wanted that we play three games this week at home, but they do not wish to exchange a series with us.

The Astros-Rangers series scheduled to begin Tuesday at Minute Maid Park was moved to Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay. They wanted all six of our games at their park.

Texas general manager Jon Daniels told 105.3 The Fan Monday that the switch wouldn't be fair to Rangers fans that had tickets to the September series.

In fairness to the Rangers, Ryan's statement left out the fact that Texas would have given the Astros all of the money made from the series and didn't include the Rangers proposals.

The teams put baseball first and failed to compromise, so MLB moved the series to Florida. "We had to look at our players" best interest and we had to look at the integrity of the schedule". In a normal year, a team that is two games under.500, as the Rangers are, would not be three games out of a playoff spot.

Crane's large contribution comes after Major League Baseball and the MLBPA will jointly donate $1m to various relief efforts for the damage throughout the state of Texas created by Hurricane Harvey, including to the American Red Cross.

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Fans show their support for Houston before Tuesday's game between the Astros and Rangers in St. Petersburg.

The Rangers came away with a 12-2 victory in front of about 3,400 Florida fans who paid $10 for tickets to the quickly arranged game. The Astros' three-game weekend series this Friday through Sunday against the Mets might also be hosted by the Rays. ESPN also will televise Wednesday's game nationally. "The home team, ultimately, it's their call". In that event, the Astros and Rangers' only mutual off day for a potential makeup game would have been September 18, the last day off in the regular season for both teams.

The three-game set would have been presented in a "neutral" fashion, the Rangers said.

Sources said moving the series to Citi Field, with the Astros officially designated as the home team, had been a possibility early in deliberations, but as talks continued, that option became increasingly unlikely.

In addition, Major League Baseball and its players association have pledge $1 million to hurricane relief aid.

The AdvoCare Texas Kickoff was relocated due the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey to Houston and the surrounding areas.

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