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After a long winter, groundskeepers rush to thaw ballparks out for opening day

  • This Monday, March 17, 2014 photo taken in Chicago, shows U.S. Cellular Field, home to the Chicago White Sox baseball team, as members of head groundskeeper Roger Bossard's crew work to ready the field for opening day after one of the most brutal winters the city has ever seen. Brossard described the unusual conditions including 30 inches of permafrost, and having to remove 400 tons of snow from the playing field, as the perfect storm.  (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

    This Monday, March 17, 2014 photo taken in Chicago, shows U.S. Cellular Field, home to the Chicago White Sox baseball team, as members of head groundskeeper Roger Bossard's crew work to ready the field for opening day after one of the most brutal winters the city has ever seen. Brossard described the unusual conditions including 30 inches of permafrost, and having to remove 400 tons of snow from the playing field, as the perfect storm. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)  (The Associated Press)

  • This Monday, March 17, 2014 photo taken in Chicago, shows snow covered front row seats at U.S. Cellular Field, home to the Chicago White Sox baseball team. The White Sox open their season on Monday, March 31, 2014, against the Baltimore Orioles. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

    This Monday, March 17, 2014 photo taken in Chicago, shows snow covered front row seats at U.S. Cellular Field, home to the Chicago White Sox baseball team. The White Sox open their season on Monday, March 31, 2014, against the Baltimore Orioles. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)  (The Associated Press)

  • This Monday, March 17, 2014 photo taken in Chicago, shows heaters trying to melt three inches of ice near third base at U.S. Cellular Field, home to the Chicago White Sox baseball team. The White Sox open their season on Monday, March 31, 2014, against the Baltimore Orioles. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

    This Monday, March 17, 2014 photo taken in Chicago, shows heaters trying to melt three inches of ice near third base at U.S. Cellular Field, home to the Chicago White Sox baseball team. The White Sox open their season on Monday, March 31, 2014, against the Baltimore Orioles. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)  (The Associated Press)

Groundskeepers all over baseball are scrambling to help their ballparks recover from months of snow and freezing temperatures.

The Chicago White Sox are trying to deal with a deep frost, and the Detroit Tigers are re-sodding their entire field. Both those teams are scheduled to play at home on March 31, when the regular season begins in earnest with 13 games.

The clock is ticking.

Most teams say the thawing efforts are running on schedule.