Donations pour in from across MLB for victims

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Other charitable organizations supporting the relief effort include The Salvation Army and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, among others.

The Astros, whose home series against the Rangers this week was moved to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., are contributing to the relief efforts by committing the proceeds of their Share2Care 50/50 raffle for the remainder of the season to the American Red Cross. Houston’s opponent this week, the Rangers, will do the same with proceeds from their Texas 2 Split 50/50 raffle for an upcoming series against the Angels beginning Sept. 1.

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Astros owner and chairman Jim Crane, the Astros ownership group and the Astros Foundation also pledged $4 million to aiding the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

“We are committed to doing our part to provide aid and assistance to the thousands of Houston-area residents that are desperately in need right now,” Crane said in a statement. “We encourage others in our region and beyond to help out in any way that they can.”

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Beginning Tuesday and running through Sept. 6, The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the Astros’ Spring Training home in West Palm Beach, Fla., will be accepting donations for hurricane victims, and Crane Worldwide will provide transportation of the collected items to Houston. Preferred items are non-perishable food, bottled water, blankets, baby food and formula, diapers, toilet paper, animal crates and dried pet food.

The Arizona D-backs also teamed up with Fox Sports Arizona to donate the funds raised from its 50/50 Raffle in this week’s series against the Dodgers to relief efforts. Fans in Arizona who can’t make it to the game can still contribute by purchasing a raffle ticket online at

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter, who was born in Galveston, Texas, and spent much of his childhood in the Houston area, pledged to donate $10,000 to relief efforts for every home run he hits for the remainder of the season.

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Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright also pledged to match Carpenter’s donation.

The support pouring in from throughout the sports world hasn’t been limited to Major League Baseball. Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander donated $4 million to Turner’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, while the NFL matched Houston Texans owner Bob McNair’s $1 million donation to the United Way of Greater Houston Flood Relief Fund.

Texans star J.J. Watt launched his own fundraising campaign that has already raised more than $800,000, including $100,000 from Watt and another $50,000 contribution from Rockets point guard Chris Paul.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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