Dodgers, Astros brace for scorching start to World Series

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Baseball's 'Fall Classic' will begin in decidedly summer-like conditions on Tuesday in Los Angeles when temperatures are forecasted to set a new high for a World Series game.

Temperatures are expected to reach as high as 101 F (33.3 C) during Game One of the series between the hometown Dodgers and Houston Astros as warm Santa Ana winds sweep into the area.

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The Dodgers' Game One starter Clayton Kershaw, however, said players on both sides were well prepared for the heat.

"They're from Houston. I'm from Texas," the Dallas native told reporters. "It's going to be hot for everybody. We're all used to it. It will be fine."

The lefthander added he saw no need to tweak his approach to the Astros lineup just because of the conditions, with warm air causing a baseball to fly farther, generating more home runs and extra base hits.

That, however, could be offset by the wind from the northeast, which blows in from the outfield at Dodgers Stadium and by the time the game starts at 5 p.m. PT (0000 GMT), the sun would have mostly set anyway, Kershaw said.

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BOSTON - SEPTEMBER 27: Howard Gale of Dorchester happily showed off his $6 grandstand tickets to Game 5 of the World Series. The Red Sox, in front of 35,982 fans won the game 6-3. (Photo by Edward F. Carr/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
1969: Ticket for Game Four of the 1969 World Series between the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles at Shea Stadium in New York City, New York, 1969. (Photo by Blank Archives/Getty Images)
18 October 1998: A fan of the New York Yankees shows off his ticket prior to the Yanks 9-3 victory over the San Diego Padres in game two of the World Series at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, NY. (Photo by Sporting News/Sporting News via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 19: Actor Denzel Washington holds World Series tickets, presented to him by the 20th Century Fox film company, at the Waldorf-Astoria. Washington was on hand to plug the soon-to-be-released movie, 'The Siege,' in which he stars., (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
380737 01: Two World Series tickets October 24, 2000 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Newsmakers)
Oct 09, 2006; Rancho Bernardo, CA, USA; TOM EDWARDS held a collection of ticket stubs from World Series games he's attended on display with other baseball memorabilia in his Rancho Bernardo home, October 9, 2006. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Dan Trevan/SDU-T/ZUMA Press. (©) Copyright 2006 by SDU-T
DETROIT - OCTOBER 21: Fans hold up their tickets outside of Comerica Park prior to Game One of the 2006 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Detroit Tigers on October 21, 2006 in Detroit, Michigan. The Cardinals defeated the Tigers 7-2. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
DENVER - OCTOBER 27: A fan holds up their printout of their electronic ticket for Game Three of the 2007 Major League Baseball World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on October 27, 2007 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 22: A fan holds up a World Series ticket before the Philadelphia Phillies take on the Tampa Bay Rays in game one of the 2008 MLB World Series on October 22, 2008 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 24: A detail of a fan holding up a ticket prior to the San Francisco Giants hosting the Detroit Tigers during Game One of the Major League Baseball World Series at AT&T Park on October 24, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
October 29, 2013�.Paul McClellan, of South Portland, is a Red Sox season ticket holder. His World Series tickets have a face value of $300. (Photo by John Ewing/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
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If forecasters are correct Tuesday's game will eclipse the previous record for a World Series set in 2001 when 94 degree temperatures greeted the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks for Game One in Phoenix.

As bad as it is likely to get, the heat is not enough to sway Astros starter Dallas Keuchel to shave his beard, he said.

"It's going to be hotter than normal but at the same time, I like to sweat. I like to get that perspiration and make sure I have a firm grip on the ball," he said.

"And, I mean, it's the World Series, so if it's a little bit hotter than usual, that's fine with me."

"There's no place I'd rather be."

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