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CHICAGO -- Cubs manager Dale Sveum has figured out a way to deal with the cold weather at Wrigley Field. He wears a battery-operated heated vest. It's getting lots of use lately.

"You do have to manage according to the weather, and you know that with these kind of games, wind blowing in and all that, they'll be low scoring, and you have to manufacture runs somehow and do things that way because your fly balls won't be home runs," Sveum said Thursday.

Wednesday's game against the Brewers was postponed because of rain and cold temperatures, and snow is in the forecast for Friday's game against the Giants. Thursday's high was forecast to be in the 40s at Wrigley Field. Can the Cubs use the weather to their advantage?

"No," Anthony Rizzo said. "There's no advantage in this weather for either team. You've got to try to get ahead early and hope the other team shuts it down. The other night, we could've easily shut it down with the wind and the wind chill. It was a big win the other night."

Sveum did have an additional heater installed in the Cubs dugout to make it more tolerable.

"You just try to stay warm and then go hit," Rizzo said. "You let your adrenaline take over."

Still, Rizzo is from Florida, and not quite prepared for temperatures in the 30s.

"I need to get a couple winter coats," he said.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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