Rangers and Cardinals get set for a chilly World Series

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 18: Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers takes batting practice at Busch Stadium on October 18, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri.The Texas Rangers will take on the St. Louis Cardinals in Game One of the 2011 World Series on October 19. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Rangers' Josh Hamilton is bundling up Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

(CBS/AP) - The Texas Rangers are not exactly a "cold weather team." They have played 27 home games this season when the temperature was 100-degrees or higher. But the Rangers are going to have to break out the long-sleeve shirts and jackets for the World Series, because it's going to be cold in St. Louis.

The weather forecast for Games 1 and 2 in the Cardinals' home field calls for wind and a temperature in the upper 40s - and overnight lows in the 30s.

"I think we will say 'refreshing,' that's it," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Both teams have to play under the same conditions. We're just going to strap it on."

Washington said he was going to make sure that equipment manager Hoggy Price packed enough warm clothes for the players - and the manager.

"I will definitely be warm in the dugout," Washington said. "No doubt about it."

The coldest game for the Rangers this season was May 16 at the Chicago White Sox, when it was 43 degrees and breezy at first pitch. Things worked out just fine that chilly night. Texas starter Colby Lewis threw a five-hitter for his first career shutout in a 4-0 victory.

The Rangers will get some relief when the series moves to Texas, where the weather is expected to be in the upper 70s.

They'll need it, too, because cold weather can be tough on injuries, which the Rangers have in spades. Nelson Cruz and Adrian Beltre are still recovering from hamstring injuries, and outfielder Josh Hamilton has been playing with a groin injury for the past two months.

Cardinals' Game 1 starter Chris Carpenter - playing with an injured elbow - has been known to sweat through three or four jerseys on a muggy summer night. This works, too.

"It's no different, just go out and pitch," Carpenter said. "I'm going to be nice and warm anyway because I'll be doing my thing. I'm not concerned about what the weather is doing, unless it's raining and we don't get to play. That's no fun."


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