Friday, April 06, 2007

Sea Dogs Snowed Out

Snow postponed the Portland Sea Dogs home opener Thursday and today the team announced the game again will be pushed back another day with hopes of playing the opener Saturday. A storm Thursday dumped a foot of snow in the Maine city, and players built 11 snow men on the field – nine position players, a batter and an umpire – and outfitted the snowmen in jerseys and caps. Portland, the Double A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, has rescheduled the opener for 1 p.m. Saturday.

Snow also hit the majors Thursday night. Above Melky Cabrera blows on his hands for warmth while standing on second base in the eighth inning of the Yankees 7-6 loss to Tampa Bay.

The Cleveland Indians 106th home opener is set for Friday at Jacobs Field against Seattle. Snow (photo above) hit the Jake Thursday while the Tribe was completing their season-opening series in Chicago. Friday's opener with the Mariners is scheduled for 4:05 p.m.

Speaking of the White Sox, their game tonight (Friday) with Minnesota has already been postponed because of forecasted extreme cold temperatures and high winds in Chicago. They don't call it the Windy City for nothin'. The forecast calls for temperatures to dip down to about 22 degrees with winds gusting from 25 to 30 mph. No make-up date has been announced. A Saturday doubleheader has been ruled out because the forecast is calling for similar weather conditions and includes a chance of snow showers.

Those same weather conditions in Detroit Thursday caused the postponement of the Tigers' scheduled game with Toronto. Temps were in the mid 20s and the wind chill fell to single digits. The two teams played Wednesday in wind gust that hit 40 mph. The Tigers begin a series Friday in Kansas City were temperatures are expected to reach a balmy 36 degrees.

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