HOUSTON – The Astros will return home to Houston for a weekend series against the New York Mets.
The team's three-game series against the Texas Rangers was moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, this week due to catastrophic flooding in the Houston area. The teams play Wednesday and Thursday at the home of the Tampa Bay Rays, after the Astros lost 12-2 Tuesday night.
The Astros will play the Mets in a doubleheader Saturday with the first pitch of the first game scheduled for 1:10 p.m., and the second game scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m. The two clubs will also play their regularly scheduled game at 1:10 p.m. Sunday.
Fans with tickets to Friday’s game can use their tickets for Saturday’s first game of the doubleheader. Anyone unable to use tickets for this weekend’s games can call 1-800-ASTROS2 (1-800-278-7672) starting at 9 a.m. Thursday.
"We feel that the Astros playing this weekend will provide a much-needed boost for our city," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said. "With all of the difficulties that many of our citizens are facing, the games will provide an opportunity for families to start returning to some aspect of normal life."
"With the cooperation of the Mayor’s Office, we are going to play baseball at Minute Maid Park this weekend," Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan said. "Along with Mayor Sylvester Turner, we hope that these games can serve as a welcome distraction for our city that is going through a very difficult time. We hope that we can put smiles on some faces."
"We are grateful to Mayor Turner, to Major League Baseball and to the New York Mets for working with us to make this happen," Astros owner and chairman Jim Crane said. "It will be great to get our team back home to their families and in front of our fans. We believe this will be good for the city as we continue to do our part to assist in the Hurricane Relief efforts."
Astros-Rangers series moved to Florida
The Astros series this week against the Texas Rangers will be moved to Florida due to the catastrophic flooding in Houston, the team announced Monday.
The Astros were to host the Rangers from Tuesday through Thursday at Minute Maid Park, but now the teams will play at Tropicana Field, the home of the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Astros (79-55) lead the American League West division by 13.5 games.
Both the Astros and Rangers flew to Dallas after their games in California on Sunday to await news of where the series would be held. They'll now head to Florida where the Astros will have home games far away from home like they did in the wake of Hurricane Ike in 2008 when they played two scheduled home games in Milwaukee.
It means the Astros will end up playing 19 straight games away from Houston, where the AL Central leaders last played on Aug. 24. A 10-game road trip begins after the Mets series.