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Updated: March 20th, 2014 4:34pm
Will U.S. Cellular Field be ready for Twins-White Sox on Opening Day?

Will U.S. Cellular Field be ready for Twins-White Sox on Opening Day?

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by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com

Today is the first day of spring. Surprise!

With MLB opening day rapidly approaching, there's some question as to whether or not all the fields will be ready. 

Technically, regular season action begins Saturday in Australia, but we'll focus on the Twins-White Sox season opener March 31 at U.S. Cellular Field.

A story published on ESPN.com on Wednesday talked to CHicago White Sox groundskeeper Roger Bossard, who is 'comfortable' with the amount of time he'll have to prepare the field.

"If I had this type of frost line on opening day, I would tell [manager Robin Ventura] that he couldn't play. That's how severe it is. I've never said anything like that before," Bossard told ESPN.com. "But we have two weeks, so I'm comfortable."

A few numbers to make you think:

30 inches of permafrost at U.S. Cellular, apparently. 

400 tons of snow Bossard estimated his crew removed.

11 days until the field needs to be playable.

That is, unless the two teams want to use the built-in rain/snowout day, April 1. The White Sox host the Twins on March 31, have a day off, and then resume the three-game series on April 2 and April 3.

The Twins apparently have been at work removing snow, too. Minnesota's first home game is scheduled for April 7.




Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
Email Derek | @DerekWetmore
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