stayontheblack.com

Business

Athletes play on despite Texas flooding

Rangers Harvey relief plan for weekend

The Houston Astros will play a series later starting Tuesday against the Texas Rangers in St. Petersburg, Florida at Tropicana Field home of the Tampa Bay Rays, due to flooding across the Houston area from Hurricane turned Tropical Storm Harvey.

The Texas Rangers are not willing to help out it seems though, at least when it comes to playing a three game series in Houston.

"The safety of our fans, players and staff remain our main priority", said Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan in a written statement.

In a follow-up interview with the Chronicle, Ryan said the Astros probably would know by Wednesday where they will play this weekend's series against the Mets. As Rosenthal also pointed out, moving both the Texas and NY series would turn a short three-game road trip to Anaheim (where Houston played this past weekend) into a 19-game road trip. "They wanted the six games in their homes".

Another likely factor from the Rangers' perspective was that a home-series swap would have put them on the road for 12 consecutive games from September 15-27. The trip to Houston would've been the team's first since 2012. The Owls are sharing facilities on the TCU campus and have a week off before they play again, a road game at UTEP. The proceeds will used for relief for the victims in the Houston area and South Texas from the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey. Houston is 8-6 since a season-worst five-game losing skid, and the Astros admitted to dealing with divided attention as conditions in Houston deteriorated during their series with the Angels.

A final decision is expected today, and any details - such as game times, ticket prices, etc. - will be worked out and announced later, though obviously quickly.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his family announced that they'll match donations to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund up to $1 million.

After weighing the best options for a neutral site to host the intra-division matchup between the Astros and Rangers, MLB decided on Tropicana Field, the home of the Tampa Bay Rays.

A general view of NRG Stadium during the National Anthem. Unlike the 2008 Astros team, the outcome of these games should not derail the season.

Major League Baseball franchise the Astros announced late Monday that Crane and the Astros Foundation will donate $4million to the hurricane relief. The jumbo screen featured Astros team videos from Minute Maid Park.

The Astros will be considered the home team in each series.

The Rangers have stated they will donate part of the 50/50 raffles from this week's game to the American Red Cross.