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Sunday, March 31, 2013
Forecast suggests a brisk opener

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO -- A slight cooling front will move in overnight Sunday to put a chill on Monday's Opening Day festivities at U.S. Cellular Field.

According to weather.com, the forecast is for 39-degree temperatures with partly cloudy skies. Temps could climb as high as 41 degrees during the game.

The temperatures pale in comparison to the April 13 home opener last season when it was 64 degrees at first pitch. The last time the Chicago White Sox played host to the first game of the season was in 2010 against the Cleveland Indians and it was 75 degrees with sunny skies.


The last time it was below 40 degrees for a White Sox home opener was in 2011 when it was 39 degrees for a game against the Tampa Bay Rays. In 2003 it was 37 degrees with 22-mph winds for the home opener as the White Sox faced the Detroit Tigers.

Sunday’s final workout took place in 46-degree temperatures under bright sunshine.

“I hope somehow it turns out to be just like this, but that’s part of playing here,” manager Robin Ventura said before Sunday morning’s workout. “I think guys know that and they expect that. The other team has to play in it too. It’s one of those that hopefully we take advantage of that and it becomes a good thing for us to play in that kind of weather.”