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03/25/08 1:40 PM ET
Rain may factor into Tribe's opener
Cold weather expected as Indians host White Sox on Monday
By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- The not-so-Floridian temperature was in the mid-40s when the Indians stepped out of the clubhouse for workouts on Tuesday morning. The Tribe had better get used to it. The most recent Weather.com report for Monday's regular-season opener against the White Sox at Progressive Field calls for a high of 47 degrees, a low of 38 and a 60 percent chance of showers. Play ball? "I guess global warming hasn't hit Cleveland yet," Indians general manager Mark Shapiro joked. "It's not going to be sunny and 70 when we get back there. It's a matter of whether there's precipitation or not. We're going to play if it's cold." Everybody knows the story of last year's aborted attempt at a home opener. That April 6 game against the Mariners was called one out shy of becoming official because of a blizzard at the ballpark, and an entire four-game series was snowed out. The Indians had to make up the games against the Mariners on off-days throughout the season and had to play one of them as part of a doubleheader at Safeco Field. Three other home games against the Angels were played in Milwaukee, of all places.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.