Red Sox on brink of World Series

The Boston Red Sox are one victory away from being World Series champions after a 10-5 win in Colorado put them 3-0 up in the best-of-seven series. Daisuke Matsuzaka celebrated becoming the first Japanese pitcher to start a World Series game by striking out five men and driving in two runs.

The Red Sox can capture their second World Series crown in four years with a win in game four on Sunday.

“It’s a great situation to be in,” said Boston centre fielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

No team has ever come from 3-0 down to win the World Series.

“Looks like we’re in ground-breaking territory,” said Rockies manager Clint Hurdle. “We just have to go out and win game four.”

Boston took a 6-0 lead with a third-inning barrage off Colorado pitcher Josh Fogg.

Colorado narrowed it to 6-5 after Matt Holliday’s three-run homer in the seventh off reliever Hideki Okajima, but Boston tacked on three more runs in the eighth and another in the ninth.

  • Retiring Houston Astros second baseman Craig Biggio has been named as the winner of 2007’s Roberto Clemente Award. The award is named after former Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente, who died in a plane crash while attempting to transport relief supplies to earthquake-torn Nicaragua in 1972.

    It is given each year to recognise a player who exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and contribution to his team.

    Biggio, who retired last month after a 20-year career with the Astros, has been heavily involved for years with the Houston-based Sunshine Kids Foundation, which supports children with cancer and their families.


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    Ticketless baseball fans in Denver

    What if you threw a World Series and no one came because they couldn’t buy tickets?

    That is the dilemma facing the Colorado Rockies on Monday after the baseball team suspended online ticket sales because servers were overwhelmed by traffic.

    “We are as frustrated and disappointed as (fans) are,” Jay Alves told The Denver Post, adding that team officials had no idea so many people would try to use the Web site.

    The team said it would honor the several hundred tickets already sold but it’s unclear how or when sales of tickets will resume for the series, which kicks off in Boston against the Red Sox on Wednesday. The series moves to Denver for game three on Saturday.

    Tickets were supposed to go on sale at 10 a.m. MDT, but many fans reported getting messages at that time that the server was full when they attempted to make ticket purchases. The newspaper reported that the breakdown was due to a problem with the ticketing software operated by Paciolan, an Irvine, Calif.-based ticketing company. The problem reportedly also affected other Paciolan customers, including the University of Colorado football team.

    Because ticket sales were planned to be conducted only online, many fans are apparently converging near Coors Field in hopes that the team will sell tickets in person through the box office; so many in fact that the police have closed streets around the ballpark and are erecting barricades, the paper reported.


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