The Houston Astros are going home after all.
The Astros will be able to finish the regular season at Minute Maid Park as scheduled, General Manager Tim Purpura said yesterday. Houston was largely spared by Hurricane Rita, and Purpura said the ballpark wasn't damaged in the storm.
"It really came through well," Purpura said before the Astros beat the Cubs, 8-3. "We never even lost power and all of our systems are working. So we really came through better than we could have expected."
The Astros are in Chicago for the weekend and then travel to St. Louis for games on Tuesday and Wednesday. They are scheduled to return home Wednesday night, then host the Cubs for a four-game series to end the regular season. But when it looked as if Houston might be in Rita's path, the Astros began looking for alternatives.
"There are no issues at all that we're aware of," Purpura said. "Our hope is to get the roof open by tomorrow to hopefully get some sun on the field -- if there's any sun to be had."
* THE HITS KEEP COMING: Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins singled in the third inning against Cincinnati to extend his hitting streak to 29 games. That ties the major league season high set by Boston OF Johnny Damon from June 10 to July 17.
Rollins's streak is the second-longest in Phillies history, two games shorter than Ed Delahanty's in 1899.
-- From News Services