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04/02/08 2:00 PM ET

Infield ice cancels BP in Detroit

Remaining chips melt in time for start of Royals-Tigers game

DETROIT -- With ice on the Comerica Park infield -- or, at least, ice on the tarpaulin covering the infield -- batting practice was canceled for the Royals and the Tigers before Wednesday afternoon's game.

The grounds crew chipped up the frozen rainwater, then swept the ice into piles on all sides of the tarp. Then the ice was shoveled up into carts and hauled away.

The sun was shining brightly, and game-time temperature was 51 degrees, so any remaining ice chips had melted.

"I saw them finishing off," Royals manager Trey Hillman said. "I got word pretty early that we weren't hitting on the field. Hopefully, some of the cold in the air will be made up for in a bright, sunny day. I still think we're catching a break here in Detroit. The forecast for [Thursday] is good as well -- maybe a little bit warmer -- and hopefully, the rains hold off until the afternoon."

Royals left fielder Mark Teahen, getting ready in the visitors' clubhouse, was pleased to hear that the ice was being removed.

"I hope so," Teahen said. "I didn't bring my skates."

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.