Tigers cool with playing in Texas heat on Sunday

Tigers cool with playing in Texas heat on Sunday

ARLINGTON -- The Tigers were bracing for triple-digit temperatures for Sunday afternoon's series finale, a rare day game during the summer in Texas. They'd rather do that, though, than wait for a night game and get to Minnesota early Monday morning.

"It's not like it's going to be 60 degrees at night," manager Jim Leyland pointed out.

By contrast, the Tigers had three night games here in June before a late night flight to Tampa Bay.

Sunday's game falls on a travel day for both clubs. The Rangers go to New York from here.

"I'd much rather play early and go," shortstop Jhonny Peralta said. "It's going to be hot no matter what."

The big test, though, will be for starting pitcher Rick Porcello, who said he started planning for it already.

"I'm definitely going to try to hydrate more than usual," Porcello said.

However, Porcello added, "I don't think that I'll even really notice when I'm out there."