The game time temperature at Kaufmann Stadium read 107. The media relations department for the Royals said the hottest temp was 106 back in 1980. The Baltimore Orioles led by Mark Reynolds beat the Royals 8-2.
Reynolds hit a home run, double and single and drove in five runs. He also grounded into a double with the bases loaded in the first inning.
Reynolds hit his 24th of the year in the ninth off the 2012 All Star logo that was displayed in left field. Royals rookie left-hander Everett Teaford, who was just recalled from AAA Omaha gave up a homer to Chris Davis in the ninth as well.
Royals starter Bruce Chen labored through 4.2 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and four walks. He threw 115 pitches. How did Chen deal with the heat?
“It was hot,” Chen said. “But we all knew it was going to be that way and we’ve got a great training staff. They made sure we had plenty of fluids and electrolytes. I usually warm up for 15 minutes before the game, but I did most of my stuff inside before.”