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"A player might say something about his ears being cold," Manuel said. "But most of the time they'll stay pretty warm once they get into it."
Rockies manager Jim Tracy thought the chilly weather favored the starting pitchers, Happ and Hammel.
"Hitting in very, very cold weather, that's not the easiest thing in the world to do," Tracy said. "In this type of weather, it makes it a little more difficult to hit, believe me."
For a batter, connecting with a pitch off the wrong part of the bat can lead to hurt hands for innings to come.
"The thing is staying warm, keep your hands warm," Phillies slugger Ryan Howard said Friday. "Try to put the barrel of the bat on the ball. If you don't get it on the barrel, it really stings."
Mostly, battling the elements boils down to a state of mind. That was the take of left-hander Cliff Lee, who will start Game 4 on Monday when the temperatures could be just as cool.
"I don't want to go into it saying, 'Oh, it's so cold, blah, blah, blah,'" Lee said. "I don't care if it's 120 or 20-below, we're both playing with the same elements. It's equal for us. It's equal for them ... Everybody's playing with the same elements."
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