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Next week’s Yankees-Rays series will be played at Citi Field


Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that next week’s series between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays has been moved from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg to Citi Field in New York due to Hurricane Irma.

Ken Rosenthal reports that the original intention was to move it to Baltimore but that logistics made New York a better location. Specifically, only one team will need to find hotel rooms given that the Yankees are playing locally. At the same time, this is taking what should have been a home series from the Rays — who are fighting for a Wild Card spot at the moment — and putting it in their opposition’s hometown. Maybe there weren’t enough hotel rooms in Baltimore, but I can’t help but think there was a better option than New York, given that the Yankees are one of the teams involved.

Here’s Major League Baseball’s official statement:

Major League Baseball announced today that the Tampa Bay Rays’ upcoming home series vs. the New York Yankees has been relocated from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida to Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, due to Hurricane Irma. The Rays will be considered the home team and will bat last. The games will have first pitch slated for 7:10 p.m. (ET) on Monday, September 11th; 7:10 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday, September 12th; and 1:10 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, September 13th.

Unless I’m forgetting some random hiccup of history, this will be the first time the Yankees have been the home team — figuratively, not technically, as the Rays will bat last — at the Mets’ ballpark since the Yankee Stadium renovations moved them into Shea Stadium for the 1974 and 1975 seasons.

UPDATE: OK, I was wrong about that. It still will be weird:

Tigers, Royals to play a regular season game in Omaha next year

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Major League Baseball announced today that the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers will play a regular season game in Omaha, Nebraska next year to open the festivities for the College World Series.

The game will be played on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha two days before the first game of the Series. It will be televised nationally by ESPN. TD Ameritrade Park has a seating capacity of 24,000, with the ability to expand to 35,000 spectators. Which, um, probably means this will be one of the larger crowds for the Royals next year if the club’s current trajectory continues.

This will be the fourth small-park, special occasion regular season game for Major League Baseball in recent years. hIn July 2016 the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins played at Fort Bragg, North Carolina for service members. Last August the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals played in the inaugural Little League Classic, which took place at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. There will be a second Little League Classic in Williamsport this August between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets.