Cool, cloudy and windy, but the Seattle Mariners are taking early batting practice - and for good reason. It's supposed to get worse here in Chicago.
Worse, as in rain.
The forecast doesn't look good for Seattle's 17th game of the season, but that doesn't matter quite yet. In four-plus hours, things could change. In the midwest, they often do.
For now, Ken Griffey Jr. is absolutely pounding the pitches of left-handed pitching coach Rick Adair - he's hit eight balls out in three quick sessions.
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Milton Bradley is in the same group, hitting in what must be his least favorite city this season. The former Cub is almost certain to be pursued by local media, and is just as certain to walk away from all interview requests.
Bradley is also working with trainer Rick Griffin behind the cage, doing a vartiety of moves - forward, backward, side-to-side - testing his tight left calf. Clearly, Bradley wants to play.
If they get the game in, it'll be Ryan Rowland Smith vs. Gavin Floyd.
Until game time, guys on the field are wearing heavy coats and stocking caps, and looking at the sky. It's that kind of day, for now. By game time, it could all clear up. Or snow.