Yankees-Rays series being moved to Citi Field due to hurricane
The Tampa Bay Rays were supposed to host the New York Yankees for a three-game series at Tropicana Field starting Monday, but Mother Nature had other plans. Because of Hurricane Irma, the Rays will have to play as the “home” team in The Big Apple.
According to multiple reports, Major League Baseball has decided to move the series to Citi Field, which is the home of the Mets. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports was told the league chose New York rather than a more neutral site because this way only one team will need to secure lodging.
MLB moved TB-NYY series Citi and not Baltimore or another neutral site due to hotel issues, source says. Only need rooms for one team in NY.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 8, 2017
Two major hurricanes — Irma and Harvey — have forced various sports teams to tweak their schedules and locations and even cancel games in some situations. Harvey dumped 50 inches of rain on some areas near Houston, killing at least 70 people and leaving thousands of others without homes. Irma is expected to make landfall in Florida sometime later this weekend into early next week, and the impact could be just as devastating.