A.J. Hinch conceded it was difficult to concentrate on baseball.

Like the rest of the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers who traveled halfway across the country to play a three-game series relocated to Florida because of Hurricane Harvey, the Houston manager had mixed emotions about being at Tropicana Field on Tuesday night.

The intrastate rivals settled on meeting in St. Petersburg — home of the Tampa Bay Rays — after the Rangers refused to swap home series and stick themselves with a longer road trip next month.

“It’s hard to imagine playing. It’s hard to imagine not playing,” Hinch said.

“They’re going to be played at some time. Given that we’re safe and out of the area and out of danger, I understand. … Obviously, it’s out of our hands,” he added. “We understand the magnitude of what’s going on back home. We know that we can only offer a little bit of a reprieve by playing, and trying to play well and trying to win the series, but it’s a distraction.”

Texas outfielder Delino DeShields said too much was being made about the decision to move the games to Florida.

But Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. was among those criticizing the Rangers for not swapping home series, writing on Twitter on Tuesday that the organization “should be absolutely ashamed.”

Duffy regrets incident

Royals pitcher Danny Duffy refused to make any excuses after he was cited for driving under the influence in a Kansas City suburb last weekend. Smart move, too, because his boss wasn’t in the mood to hear any.

“Look, when these types of situations happen, I’m not interested in any alibis,” said Royals General Manager Dayton Moore, who spoke shortly after Duffy read a statement in which he expressed regret and asked for forgiveness from his fans.

Duffy did not discuss the circumstances surrounding the incident, including whether alcohol was a factor.

Stanton ties record

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton tied the major league record with his 18th home run in August, bashing his 51st of the season in the first inning of a game against the Washington Nationals.

Stanton matched the mark set by Rudy York with the Detroit Tigers in August 1937. Stanton is two shy of tying Sammy Sosa for the most homers in any month.

Nathan to retire

Six-time All-Star Joe Nathan, who is eighth on the all-time list with 377 saves, has decided at age 42 to retire.

The Minnesota Twins, where Nathan spent eight years, announced their plan to host a retirement news conference Friday for Nathan.

He will throw out a ceremonial first pitch before the game against Kansas City, following a video tribute.

Nathan was released in spring training by Washington.