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Houston Astros owner donates $4million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

31 August, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Paula Vaughn
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According to Astros president Reid Ryan, however, the series didn't have to move to Florida as he was trying to negotiate with the Rangers to move this series to Arlington in exchange for a September Rangers-hosted series to be played at Minute Maid Park, but Texas refused.

"We went to the Rangers and said, 'Hey let's switch series".

"When you get right down to it, what we do, we're privileged to be able to do this, and when real life punches you in the mouth, you take notice and this becomes a distraction for that", Banister said.

Both the Rangers and Astros flew into Dallas following their games on Sunday in California to wait for the news of where their three-game series that starts on Tuesday would be played. Instead, the two teams will play their three-game series at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. "They wanted all six games at their park", he added.

Defending himself for having tried to extort an advantage of the situation, the Rangers have rather explained that they did not want to annoy the fans who had bought tickets for the games in Arlington at the end of the month of September. "So we felt like getting out of Texas and going to a neutral site was in the best interest of our players and in the best interests for the integrity of the schedule this year".

The Mets are now in Cincinnati and will begin a three-game road trip Tuesday that concludes with a matinee Thursday.

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Major League Baseball also announced that Wednesday's Rangers-Astros game at Tropicana Field will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. This is all the revenue - from ticket sales all the way down to parking.

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.

The game was originally scheduled for NRG Stadium, which is not damaged as yet, but there is severe flooding nearby. The Astros would be designated the home team in Arlington this week. Both teams had an off day Monday. The total $2 million contribution will support first response efforts by the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and the United Way of Greater Houston.

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.

On the baseball side of things, it would also create a two-week road trip for the Rangers, who are still in the race for the final wild card spot in the American League.



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