Rays-Angels series in danger if hurricane hits Florida

ARLINGTON, Texas -- After a 10-game road trip, the
Tampa Bay Rays may be heading home to a hurricane.

Tropical Storm Fay, which could gain momentum Monday and reach
hurricane force after passing over Cuba, is expected to make
landfall on Florida's Gulf Coast Tuesday.

The Rays wrap up their road trip Sunday night against the Texas Rangers, and are scheduled to begin a three-game homestand on
Monday night, all against the Los Angeles Angels.

The Angels flew to the Tampa Bay area after Sunday's game in

"We're in communication with the Angels," Rays president Matt
Silverman said on Sunday. "We hope to get at least two games in
this week."

The Rays have made contingency plans with officials of St.
Petersburg, where Tampa Bay plays at the Tropicana Dome.

"It's one of the command centers for the city," Silverman
said. "As of now we're playing the game Monday. If the storm runs
in its current path, Tuesday would be in doubt. We should know
Monday night about Tuesday.

"There is no talk about moving [games] to another city. After
Monday, the Angels possibly could go to Miami or Atlanta. That
depends on the path of the storm and whether we have to evacuate."

The Rays and Angels both lead their divisions, so they would
probably have to play any games that are postponed if those would
affect the final standings. One or two games could be made up Sept.
1, when both teams have a day off.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said, "Our biggest concern is that guys
can be with their families if something happens."