Astros, Cubs To Meet In Milwaukee

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CHICAGO (AP) - Two games between the Chicago Cubs and Astros
that were postponed this weekend in Houston because of Hurricane
Ike will now be played in Milwaukee.
The Cubs and Astros will play at 7:05 p.m. CDT on Sunday and
1:05 p.m. on Monday at Miller Park, with Houston being the home
team. If the third game of the series is needed, it will be Sept.
29 at Houston.
Chicago leads the NL Central and Houston is in wild-card race.
The three-game set that was scheduled to begin Friday night in
Houston was called off as the hurricane approached the Texas coast.
"Our preference would be that the tragedy never happened to the
state of Texas and we could've played the games on schedule, but
once the storm came there didn't seem to be any alternative, and I
think the Astros and the commissioner's office worked hand in hand
to come up with the best short-term solution they could with all
the weather problems we're having all over the country," Cubs
general manager Jim Hendry said Saturday.
The Milwaukee Brewers play at Philadelphia on Sunday and are off
Monday, making their ballpark available.
In April 2007, the Brewers hosted a series between the Indians
and Angels that was moved because of inclement weather.
"Major League Baseball made the decision to move these games to
Miller Park and given the lack of other viable options, we will be
ready to serve as hosts," Brewers executive vice president Rick
Schlesinger said.
The Cubs could have a decided home field advantage in the
Brewers' home park that is only 90 miles away. When they play
Milwaukee on the road, the Cubs are often cheered by thousands of
their own fans.
Houston had hoped to play the games at home, especially after
going on a 38-16 run that pulled the Astros within 2½ games of
Milwaukee in the wild-card race.
The Cubs hold a six-game lead over Milwaukee in the NL Central.

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