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Marlins Park roof suffers minor damage, Tropicana Field looks OK after Hurricane Irma


The two major league ballparks in the path of Hurricane Irma seem to have gotten through mostly OK.

The Miami Herald reports — and numerous photos on social media show — that the retractable roof from Marlins Park suffered what appears to be superficial damage to some outer panels and the membrane covering it. Here’s the best one I’ve seen so far:

Miami doesn’t return home until Friday when the Milwaukee Brewers come to town, so it will be determined between now and then whether accessibility for workers, power outages, damage to transportation infrastructure and the surrounding area and that sort of thing will impact the schedule.

To the north, the Tampa Bay Times reports that Tropicana Field made it through the storm relatively unscathed. As we’ve noted already, the Rays’ series against the Yankees which kicks off tonight has been moved to Citi Field in New York. Whether their next homestand, which also begins on Friday, can take place in the Trop is subject to the same considerations regarding the surrounding areas that impact Miami.

Major League Baseball and the clubs are likely to make a determination about the schedule tomorrow, after there is more time to assess the damage and disruption caused by Irma.

Astros extend winning streak to 11 games

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The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.

The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.

Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.

After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.