Rangers GM de­nies ex­ploit­ing Astros

Baltimore Sun - - BASEBALL -

Gen­eral man­ager Jon Daniels de­fended Tues­day the Rangers’ stance on this week’s se­ries against the Astros.

The Rangers’ three-game se­ries with the Astros, sched­uled Tues­day through Thurs­day in Houston, was moved to Trop­i­cana Field in St. Peters­burg, Fla., af­ter mas­sive flood­ing left much of Houston un­der wa­ter.

The Rangers of­fered to host the se­ries with the Astros play­ing as the home team and earn­ing all the rev­enue af­ter ex­penses.

“We were pre­pared to make the event all about hur­ri­cane re­lief,” Daniels said. “It had noth­ing to do with look­ing for a com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage. That’s an in­ac­cu­rate por­trayal.”

The Astros wanted the Rangers to flip this week’s se­ries with a se­ries sched­uled Sept. 25-27 in Ar­ling­ton, Texas. But that would have left Rangers ticket hold­ers for the Septem­ber games barely 24 hours to make ar­range­ments to at­tend games this week.

Af­ter the league an­nounced the se­ries was moved to Florida, Astros Pres­i­dent Reid Ryan is­sued a state­ment that some took as a veiled shot at the Rangers.

“We went to the Rangers and said: ‘Hey, let’s switch se­ries. You guys have our home se­ries, we’ll take your home se­ries,’ ” Ryan said. “They re­jected that. The Rangers wanted us to play the next three days at their place, but they did not want to trade se­ries with us. They wanted all six games at their park.”

But the Rangers weren’t try­ing to force three ex­tra games at home, Daniels said.

“We didn’t feel it was right to give our fans 24 hours’ no­tice that their tick­ets in late Septem­ber were now good this week,” Daniels said. “We were will­ing to play this se­ries any­where the Astros and MLB wanted, in­clud­ing here in Ar­ling­ton.”

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