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With Yankees vs. Rays moved to Citi Field, LIRR extends service

The three-game series was displaced from St. Petersburg, Florida, to the home of the Bronx Bombers’ hometown rivals because of Hurricane Irma.
With Yankees vs. Rays moved to Citi Field, LIRR extends service.
Because of previously scheduled events at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees and Rays will face off Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at Citi Field. The series was moved from Florida due to Hurricane Irma. (Wikimedia)

With Hurricane Irma displacing the three-game series between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays to Citi Field, the Long Island Rail Road extended service to the home of the Bronx Bombers’ hometown rivals.

The Yankees and Rays will face off Monday and Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. and Wednesday at 1:10 p.m.

For the games tonight and tomorrow, the LIRR will run 22 eastbound trains from Penn Station to Mets-Willets Point. The first eastbound train leaves Penn at 3:18 p.m.

There will also be 21 westbound trains, the first of which will depart Port Washington at 3:10 p.m. for a 3:36 p.m. arrival at Mets-Willets Point.

The last eastbound train to Port Washington after the game will leave Willets Point at 12:39 a.m., while the last westbound train to Penn will depart at 1:11 a.m.

For Wednesday’s game, there will be 16 eastbound trains to Willets Point, and the first leaves Penn at 9:19 a.m.

The first of 17 westbound trains from Port Washington will leave Great Neck at 9:32 a.m. All other trains will originate in Port Washington.

The last train to Port Washington will leave at 5:02 p.m., while the last Penn Station-bound train will leave Willets Point at 5:28 p.m.

Additionally, the MTA will offer its super-express 7 trains after the game, which make just six stops between Mets-Willets Point and Times Square-42nd Street.

Originally scheduled for the Rays’ Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, the series was moved before Irma, which was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday, morning battered Florida over the weekend as it made two landfalls on Sunday.

Because of the move to Citi Field, the Yankees will now play their 17 of their last 20 games of the season in their hometown, while the Rays will have a shorter trip to Boston, where they’ll face the Red Sox this weekend.

“That’s good for us. It’s home for us, so we’ll sleep in our own beds,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi told The New York Times.

The series could not be held at Yankee Stadium to do previously scheduled events at the venue. 

 
 
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