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.
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