The White Sox can handle the cold

CHICAGO - The weather for White Sox home openers typically resembles that of Bears games, and that was the case Thursday with 39-degree temperatures at first pitch.

It was the coldest home opener at U.S. Cellular Field since 2003 when 37-degree temps greeted the White Sox and Tigers.

Manager Ozzie Guillen scoffed at the notion that the White Sox were more equipped to handle the cold than the Tampa Bay Rays. After all, the White Sox had been playing in balmy Arizona for six weeks.

But the White Sox's track record shows that they have been handling the opener a little better than their opponents. The White Sox have now won their first home game of the season in each of the past four years and nine times in the past 10 years.

Tuesday marked the first time since 2002 the White Sox have won on both Opening Day and during their home opener.

White Sox hitters have recorded 10 or more hits in five of their first six games.

Alex Rios looked like he was allergic to the cold when he went 0-for-12 in his first three games at Cleveland. He started to warm up in the better weather at Kansas City and is now 6-for-16 (.375) in his last three games.

Even California kid Brent Morel has adapted to the cold. He has a hit in all five games he has played this season and extended his hitting streak to 11 games, going back to the end of last season.

In the end, though, A.J. Pierzynski dismissed all this cold-weather talk.

"I don’t think weather mattered," he said. "The weather was the same for both teams. We’re facing David Price, their No. 1 guy and one of the best lefties in all of baseball, and they’re facing Edwin Jackson, one of our best guys. The weather didn’t matter, it was the same for both teams.

"It was cold out there, I know that. It’s hard as a catcher. Every time you breathe out, your breath is in your face, so you have to try to time your breaths so you don’t breathe out at the wrong time. It was a cold day and both teams had to deal with it and hopefully it will get better."