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Houston Astros to play Texas Rangers series at Tropicana Field in wake of Harvey flooding

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The Astros will play their upcoming home series against the Rangers at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, because of flooding in Houston from Tropical Storm Harvey.

Major League Baseball officially announced the relocation of the three-game series Monday, saying the Astros “will be considered the home team and will bat last.”

The Associated Press reported earlier Monday that the Astros’ three-game home series against the Mets, which starts Friday, also will be played at Tropicana Field. But MLB announced that it has not yet determined a location for the Mets-Astros series.

MLB 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.

Both the Astros and Rangers flew to Dallas after their games in California on Sunday to await news of where the series, which starts Tuesday, would be held. They will now head to Florida, where the Astros will host “home” games far away from home, just like they did in the wake of Hurricane Ike in 2008 when they played two scheduled home games in Milwaukee.

It all means the Astros could end up playing 19 straight games away from Houston, where the AL West leaders last played on Aug. 24. A 10-game road trip begins after the Mets series.

ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick and The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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