Tigers hope bats warm up in Game 3, when temps could dip into 30s

CBSSports.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- After picture-perfect conditions in San Francisco, the World Series moves to Detroit, where it was already a bit chilly on the field Friday.

High temperatures are expected to be in the low 50s this weekend, when the Giants and Tigers will play Games 3 and 4 at Comerica Park. It could be even colder for Game 5 on Monday.

"Playing in cold weather, I don't think any baseball player is a stranger to it," Detroit catcher Alex Avila said. "More than half the teams have to play at the beginning of the season in cold weather, and obviously in the postseason. Unless you're in a dome, it's going to be somewhat cold. That's just the way it is."

Ryan Vogelsong, San Francisco's Game 3 starter, has a similar attitude.

"It's the World Series. You can't be worried about how cold it is," he said. "I threw a game in Chicago last year where it was 34 degrees, and it was raining and sleeting, and I threw the ball pretty well that night."

Another issue that could pop up is Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to come ashore on the East Coast early next week. Detroit isn't exactly bracing for that storm, but it's never clear how widespread the effects will be.

"We evaluate games day by day and have not heard of any issues thus far regarding games here in Detroit," said Pat Courtney of Major League Baseball.

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