MINNEAPOLIS -- With record heat in the Minneapolis area on Tuesday, the Twins opted to skip their normal batting-practice session and hit in the cages before the game instead.
The Twins did hold early batting practice, but decided against taking swings outside during their normal time, considering the oppressive heat. According to several reports, Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport recorded a dew point of 82 degrees, which set a record for dew points since records began in 1945.
"It's hot," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I think we can all see that. You don't have to deal with this too much around here, you usually see it in Baltimore and Texas with the high humidity. So it's a little unusual, and we'll protect these guys as much as we can."
The Twins took the precautions of making plenty of fluids, iced towels and ammonia water available to players during the game.
"It's going to be like that for three or four days, so we'll just have to live with it," Gardenhire said. "We have a day game tomorrow, so they're going to have to definitely hydrate and go from there."