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CHICAGO -- Royals manager Ned Yost insisted that he was really looking forward to that frosty 39 degrees forecast for the opener at U.S. Cellular Field. It's all a state of mind.

"The cold weather's good - I ain't kiddin' ya, man" Yost said. "Back in the days when we were competing for championships every year in Atlanta and in Milwaukee, when it started to get cold it just signaled something inside of you: Hey, it's getting that time.

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CHICAGO -- Royals manager Ned Yost insisted that he was really looking forward to that frosty 39 degrees forecast for the opener at U.S. Cellular Field. It's all a state of mind.

"The cold weather's good - I ain't kiddin' ya, man" Yost said. "Back in the days when we were competing for championships every year in Atlanta and in Milwaukee, when it started to get cold it just signaled something inside of you: Hey, it's getting that time.

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"We're out of the hot weather, into the cold weather where it's that change in your body that says, 'Hey, it's for real now.' That's what it does - it changes your approach, subconsciously."

But don't forget to wear that cold-weather gear and crank up the dugout heater.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com.

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