Photos: Scenes from Opening Week in MiLB

Flyovers, snowfall and a missing glove highlight baseball's return

Fans take in the Chattanooga Lookouts' season opener on April 5 against the visiting Birmingham Barons. (Brian McLeod/

By | April 10, 2018 10:30 AM

Baseball -- weather permitting -- returned to ballparks across the country this past week, bringing a glimpse of summer to an otherwise chilly start to spring. Take a look at what some of our photographers captured during Minor League Baseball's Opening Week. Want to see more? Follow @MiLB on Instagram.

The Raleigh, North Carolina-based Bandit Flight Team soars over Durham Bulls Athletic Park before the season opener on April 5. (Chris Baird/

The Durham Bulls showed off their 2017 Triple-A Championship trophy before their first game of 2018. (Chris Baird/

Salt Lake's Sherman Johnson enjoys a moment with teammates in the dugout during a Pacific Coast League game on April 6. (Paul Asay/

A member of the Bees' grounds crew gets the field in shape on April 7. (Brent Asay/

It was cold... but in Texas? Yep. That's Frisco's Luis Marte bundled up at third base during 40-degree weather on April 7. (Shana Willeford/

Erie's Gabriel Quintana tries to run to first base after Reading catcher Austin Bossart dropped a third strike on April 8. (Terrance Williams/

Portland's Jeremy Rivera endures the Opening Week weather on April 8 in Binghamton, New York. (Rick Nelson/

Inland Empire's Adrian Almeida shows off his neatly applied eye-black before a California League game on April 9. (Jerry Espinoza/

San Jose's Logan Webb and Melvin Adon pose in the dugout on April 9. (Jerry Espinoza/

Biloxi's Corey Ray warms up with teammates before a Southern League game on April 7 in Montgomery. (Brian McLeod/

Tulsa Drillers relievers gather around a heater in the bullpen during a cold Texas League game on April 7. (Joshua Tjiong/

Tigers prospect Cam Gibson, the son of World Series hero Kirk Gibson, bats for Class A Advanced Lakeland on April 5 in a Florida State League game. (Tom Hagerty/

Sporting a Chupacabras jersey in honor of MiLB's 2018 Copa de la Diversion initiative, Round Rock's Jose Cardona connects with a pitch against Memphis on April 8. (Jamie Harms/

The Stony Point Mariachi Band performs in Round Rock on April 8. (Jamie Harms/

Round Rock's Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Christian Lopes greet children on April 8. (Jamie Harms/

Top Rockies prospect Brendan Rodgers warms up before the Hartford Yard Goats' Eastern League contest at Dunkin' Donuts Park. (Kevin Pataky/

Blue Jays top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. goes deep against Hartford on April 8. (Kevin Pataky/

Phillies prospect and 2015 first-round pick Cornelius Randolph bats for Double-A Reading on April 8. (Terrance WIlliams/

Baysox outfielder Mike Yastrzemski loses his glove over the outfield wall while trying to rob a homer from Khayyan Norfork. (Terrance Williams/

Diego Castillo of the newly christened Tampa Tarpons hustles around first base during the Florida State League game against the Lakeland Flying Tigers on April 8. (Cliff Welch/ 

Rookie doesn't miss a step for the Trenton Thunder on April 9. (Christopher Shannon).

Danny Wild is an editor for Follow his MLBlog column, Minoring in Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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