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High temps in Texas kept Jed Lowrie out of Red Sox's lineup

Aug 16, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

Nolan Ryan has tried to downplay the impact high temperatures have on the Rangers’ attendance since Mark Cuban suggested it hurt the team during his bid to buy the franchise, but this weekend at least the heat also had an impact on an opposing player.
Jed Lowrie left Friday’s game due to heat exhaustion and then sat out both Saturday and Sunday after continuing to feel lightheaded despite receiving intravenous fluids to rehydrate.
He’s certainly not the first opponent to describe playing in Texas as like being “in a sauna” but the Red Sox took extra precaution with Lowrie because he missed time earlier this season with mononucleosis.
Both games had a temperature above 100 degrees for the first pitch, so manager Terry Francona called it “common sense” to keep Lowrie off the field. Bill Hall started at second base in Lowrie’s absence and the Rangers won the series 2-1, improving to 39-23 at home this season.

  1. RichardInBigD - Aug 16, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    They should have pumped him full of that recently price-reduced, now $1 was $3 a cup hot chocolate! And if he went up to the Rangers TV booth, Josh Llewin would have reimbursed him the $1, as he did every fan that went up there with their cup-o-cocoa!

  2. John_Michael - Aug 16, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    If you sub ‘ARod’ for ‘Jed Lowrie’ in this article, one can just imagine the New York Post headline authors begin to froth at the mouth and become slightly aroused.

  3. APBA Guy - Aug 16, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    The Texas heat does take some getting used to. When I moved to San Antonio from DC, the first 90 day was in March. The last was in late October. SA is not as hot as Dallas, but it wasn’t until the following year that I was really comfortable with the climate there. The sun is much more intense, and it makes you wonder why the Rangers ever play day games after April.

  4. JBerardi - Aug 16, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    Lowrie’s talent is matched only by his fragility.

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