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Astros, Rangers arrive in Florida emotional and distracted

A.J. Hinch conceded it was difficult to concentrate on baseball.

Like the rest of the Astros and Rangers who traveled halfway across the country to play a three-game series relocated to Florida because of Hurricane Harvey, the Houston manager had mixed emotions about being at Tropicana Field on Tuesday night.

The intrastate rivals settled on meeting in St. Petersburg — home of the Tampa Bay Rays — after the Rangers refused to swap home series and stick themselves with a longer road trip next month.

"It's hard to imagine playing. It's hard to imagine not playing," Hinch said.

"They're going to be played at some time. Given that we're safe and...