Hurricane Harvey forces Houston Astros to move games

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Opening Day at Minute Maid Park, the home stadium of the Houston Astros, on April 3, 2017 (AFP Photo/Bob Levey)

Opening Day at Minute Maid Park, the home stadium of the Houston Astros, on April 3, 2017

Opening Day at Minute Maid Park, the home stadium of the Houston Astros, on April 3, 2017 (AFP Photo/Bob Levey)

Houston (AFP) - The Houston Astros have moved their three-game series against the Texas Rangers to Florida because of devastating flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey, Major League Baseball announced on Monday.

The Astros and Rangers will play on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. The Astros will be the home team for the three-game series at the stadium of the Tampa Bay Rays.

The league also announced that the Astros' three-game series against the New York Mets scheduled for Friday through Sunday at Minute Maid Park may also be moved to St. Petersburg. That decision will be made later this week.

"The safety of our fans, players and staff remain our main priority," Astros spokesman Reid Ryan said.

"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.

"In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by the Hurricane."

MLB and the players' union also announced they will combine to donate $1 million to various relief efforts for the damage throughout the state of Texas created by the storm, including to the American Red Cross.

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