Astros Will Return to Houston This Weekend, to Play the Mets

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In a surprise decision, the Houston Astros will return home to play baseball this weekend rather than remain in Tampa, Fla., where they had been temporarily relocated because of the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey.

There had been widespread speculation that the Astros would stay put in Tampa through the weekend and continue to play games at Tropicana Field, the home of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Astros are now in the midst of a three-game series there against the Texas Rangers.

But instead, this weekend’s Astros games, which will be against the Mets, will be played at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The three games will be condensed into two days, however, with the Mets and Astros playing a day-night doubleheader on Saturday and then one more game on Sunday.

“We feel that the Astros playing this weekend will provide a much-needed boost for our city,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a statement issued by the Astros. “With all 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.”

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