Astros visit Harvey victims at convention center

HOUSTON (AP) Jose Altuve smiled as he watched a group of children who were victims of Hurricane Harvey trying unsuccessfully to score a goal in a soccer game against Orbit, the Houston Astros' furry mascot.

Houston's All-Star second baseman should have been just yards down the road on Friday, preparing to start a series against the New York Mets, but widespread flooding in the wake of the storm pushed the start of the series to Saturday. Altuve and about half of the Astros spent a chunk of their day off at a shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center, trying to spread cheer to those who lost it all in the storm.

"We need to do everything we can to help," said manager A.J. Hinch, who brought his wife and two daughters. "It's our humane obligation to make another person smile today."


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