At Wrigley Field, the misters on the back of the bleachers tried to cool the crowd. At Yankee Stadium, only one player trained on the field. In Cleveland, the rules for what fans could bring to the park were relaxed.
Even for a high-heat sport, Saturday was a hit for the majors. The National Meteorological Service said it was part of a "dangerous heatwave" affecting much of the country.
From the northeast to the Midwest, no player, manager or referee was spared, as temperatures near three-digit numbers at high-performance chickens increased.
Just a few hours before Baltimore played Boston in the sultry Camden Yards, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde pushed aside the starting signal for Chance Sisco and issued a stern order.
"I said Chance:" Do not go outside until the game starts, "Hyde said.
Sisco went to the nine innings Friday evening and was back in the lineup while backup Pedro Severino recovered from an illness .
"I said Chance, I do not want him rushing to and from the field. I want to see him run, "Hyde said," If you're an eye-catcher in this type of game, it's not easy. After the eighth inning, his face was red beets. "
It was 97 degrees for the first pitch and no relief in sight. For the series finale on Sunday afternoon, a maximum temperature of 100 was forecast.
At the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, where it was 94, when the Reds played against St. Louis, the stadium PA system got going. The songs before the game? "Let It Snow" and "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out", among other things with wintry titles it was also 94 when the Cubs started against San Diego, there was great ovation in the seventh inning – for the weather.
The wind suddenly turned and began to blow. The temperature dropped instantly and many in the crowd of 40,314 cheered the wind in the Windy City.
For those who sat inside The stalls without cover were hard to bear.
Jaclyn Jendrisak, 31, was from St. Louis to a bachelor / bachelorette party in the city. Fortunately for their group, the Cubs have set up a cooling station in the right field.
"Standing in the shadows, blowing air conditioning on us, holding on to water and not drinking beer, it helps a bit." she said.
The thermometer also showed 94 in New York, the hottest for a Yankees game this season] The Yankees built additional hydration stations in all three decks and on the bleachers and made announcements about the sound system that reminded the fans continue to drink drinking water.
Chris Del Vecchio, 33, from Verona, New Jersey, and his buddy Bruna Silva walked around the baseball field with ice packs around their neck and shoulders as the Yankees Colorado 11-5 crossed.
"There are seats in the stands, and we made it over two innings, they made about six runs, so it kind of widened those innings and made it look a bit onger, but it's pretty brutal out there." said Del Vecchio.
Cameron Maybin, injured Yankees outfielder, was the only player to take BP on the field. Under the steaming conditions, Tony Wolters of Colorado accidentally slipped the racket out of his hands on a swing and sailed into the Yankees Shelter.
"It was alright when we were walking on the grass, but when we reached the plate it was like a heat cone, it was awful," Yankees catcher Austin Romine said. "It was a fight out there."
Everywhere coolers from gantry benches helped the teams in hot spots, while referees ducked between the innings to stay fresh.
At Comerica Park, where the scoreboard showed 94 degrees an hour before Detroit's host in Toronto, a message was posted on the board at the Tigers clubhouse that the team would do its work indoors because of the heat.
"We will not be silly, just let them go in the cages and hopefully we're ready to play the game, I think we've beaten enough." We're taking in enough groundballs, "said Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire.
The fourth inning had cooled off a bit, with heavy rain causing a delay.
On Progressive Field, the Cleveland Indians facilitated the rules for which fans could go in Empty Thermos bottles were allowed for the game against Kansas City.
"They had no Gatorade when I was playing," recalled Royals manager Ned Yost. "No, we did not have any hydration knowledge at the time. We needed a few salt pills and drank a bit of water. We did not know anything about hydration. "
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The Red Sox did not practice punching on Friday or Saturday and wanted to miss the session in Baltimore on Sunday.
You need to be smart about how you spend your energy, "said Manager Alex Cora." It's this part of the schedule. We knew that we would encounter something like that. And we did it. "
The weather began to break in some places.
One day later, it was 94, when Minnesota hosted Oakland
On Friday night, All-Star pitcher Jake Odorizzi fought with the lineup A and the humid environment.
] "It was just like throwing in a rainforest," he said.
AP baseball writers Ronald Blum and Noah Trister, AP sports author David Ginsburg and AP freelancers Charles O'Brien, John Jackson, Michal Dwojak, Brian Dulik and Mark Schmetzer have contributed to this report.