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Rangers vs. Astros Moved to Florida After Floods, $1 Million Donated to Relief

A planned three game series between the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers has been relocated to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The games had originally been planned to be a series in Houston. Major League Baseball announced today that the three game series will be moved to Tropicana Field, which currently serves as the home of the Tampa Bay Rays. It is not clear what the fate will be for a three game series between the Astros and the New York Mets that was planned for this weekend.

Astros' business operations president Ryan Reid announced the move today and thanked the Tampa Bay Rays for the use of the facility.

"We are extremely grateful to the Tampa Bay Rays organization for allowing us to use their facility. We'll make a decision on this weekend's series vs. the Mets in the upcoming days as we continue to monitor the conditions."

Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister responded to the move by giving his best wishes to the people of Houston.

"First of all, our hearts go out to all the family members, brothers and sisters, people in the Houston area. To go through this, we see the challenges. It breaks your heart to see the video of what lies in front of these people. We are praying for them."

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association also announced a joint donation of $1 million to the relief effort in Houston, following the flooding by Tropical Storm Harvey.

The move comes as the Texas Rangers will be looking to rebound after a three-game losing streak against the Oakland Athletics. The first pitch of the Houston-Rangers series will be thrown out tomorrow night.

 Photo by Sports Illustrated

Photo by Sports Illustrated

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