Saturday, September 2, 2017

Houston Astros vs New York Mets live score, and updates

The Houston Astros announced Wednesday that they are returning to Houston this weekend and will start a three-game series against the New York Mets on Saturday.

The series had been scheduled to begin Friday, but the teams will play a doubleheader Saturday at Minute Maid Park followed by the game that was regularly scheduled for Sunday.

"We hope that these games can serve as a welcome distraction for our city that is going through a very difficult time. We hope that we can put smiles on some faces," Astros president Reid Ryan said in a statement.

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Manager A.J. Hinch said that being able to tell his players they would return home soon was "some of the best news I could deliver."

He added: "Obviously, we're anxious to get home. We have a series to win, we have a couple of games, but to be able to go home tomorrow night and know we're going to be able to get to the majority of our houses, see our families, just really good news for us."

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Hinch said he hopes the Astros can provide an escape for weary Houston residents.

"Our intention is still going to be centered around the city and all the devastation that's going on. If we can provide any sort of relief or any sort of escape, or any part of a distraction from what's going on, I think that's going to be part of it," he said. "I know it will be a warm welcome. Our fans who can make it to the ballpark will come and root us on. But it will be emotional because we get to go home. You never know what home means to you until you're not allowed to go home."