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Tuesday, 23 October 2007 22:45
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 SCOREBOARD
Wednesday, Oct. 24
Colorado at Boston (8:35 p.m. EDT). The Rockies meet the Red Sox in Game 1 of the World Series. Colorado took two of three at Fenway Park in June, outscoring Boston 20-5.

THE SEARCH CONTINUES
After four seasons as a coach, Don Mattingly was interviewed Tuesday to replace departed New York Yankees manager Joe Torre. Yankees broadcaster Joe Girardi interviewed a day earlier, and first base coach Tony Pena is due to speak with team officials Wednesday. Mattingly became one of the most beloved players in Yankees history after being drafted in the 19th round in 1979, batting .307 with 2,153 hits and 1,099 RBIs during a 14-year career diminished by back injuries.

PROBLEM SOLVED
Colorado sold out all three World Series games at Coors Field on Tuesday, one day after their first attempt collapsed in a computer-system crash blamed on people trying to fool the system to hoard tickets. The Rockies, who had labeled the problem as an ``external, malicious attack'', said they sold more than 50,000 tickets in the second round of ticket sales in about 2 1/2 hours.

COOKING UP A ROTATION
Aaron Cook was added Tuesday to Colorado's roster for the World Series, and he'll start Game 4 at home against Boston. Cook, the Rockies' opening-day starter, hasn't pitched in a major league game since Aug. 10 because of a strained muscle in his side. In June, Cook lost a 2-1 decision at Boston despite allowing just two runs on seven hits in 7 1-3 innings.

SHUFFLING SOX
Boston manager Terry Francona announced Tuesday that Jacoby Ellsbury will start Game 1 in center field in place of Coco Crisp. Crisp struggled in the playoffs and was replaced in the lineup for Games 6 and 7 against Cleveland, and he also banged into the wall catching the final out of the ALCS. Also, knuckleballer Tim Wakefield was left off the roster because of a bad shoulder.

MEN IN BLUE
Ed Montague will serve as the crew chief for the World Series, the fourth time he's drawn the umpiring assignment. The six-man crew announced Tuesday includes three umpires working their first Series: Ted Barrett, Laz Diaz and Mike Everitt. Chuck Meriwether and Mike Reilly complete the crew. Montague will be behind the plate in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night.

MORE MARINERS MOVES
Seattle signed former major league pitching coach and executive Dave Wallace on Tuesday to be a special assistant to the general manager. Wallace spent this past season as the pitching coach for Houston after 3 1/2 seasons in the same job with Boston. During spring training, Wallace will work with new pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre, whom the Mariners hired on Monday.

SPEAKING
``I've heard that experience thing come up a lot, but in my own mind I've been managing for the last four years, and to be honest with you, as a player you're playing along the whole time.'' - Don Mattingly on possibly being named the Yankees manager despite not having any managerial experience. Mattingly has been a coach on the team the past four seasons.

SEASONS
Oct. 24
1911 - The World Series between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Athletics was resumed after six days of rain, and Chief Bender beat Christy Mathewson 4-2 to give the A's a 3-1 lead.
1981 - The Los Angeles Dodgers came back to beat the New York Yankees 8-7 in a sloppy 3 1/2-hour marathon and tied the World Series 2-2. The Yankees blew a 6-3 lead. On one play, Reggie Jackson lost the ball in the sun and it bounced off his shoulder for a two-base error.
1985 - Danny Jackson's five-hitter cut St. Louis' lead to 3-2 in the World Series as the Kansas City Royals took Game 5, 6-1. Willie Wilson's two-run triple highlighted a three-run second inning and chased starter Ken Forsch.
1987 - Kent Hrbek's grand slam highlighted a 15-hit barrage as the Minnesota Twins pounded the St. Louis Cardinals 11-5 at the Metrodome to force the World Series to a seventh game.
1992 - The Toronto Blue Jays took baseball's championship outside the United States for the first time, beating the Atlanta Braves 4-3 in 11 innings in Game 6 of the World Series.
1994 - Atlanta's Greg Maddux became the first pitcher to win three straight Cy Young Awards, unanimously sweeping the NL honor. Maddux was 16-6 with a 1.56 ERA, the third-lowest in 75 years.
2000 - Benny Agbayani hit a go-ahead double in the eighth inning as the New York Mets handed Orlando Hernandez his first postseason defeat, beating the Yankees 4-2 to cut their World Series deficit to 2-1. The Mets also ended the Yankees' record 14-game winning streak in the World Series.
2005 - Scott Podsednik homered in the bottom of the ninth inning and Paul Konerko hit the 18th grand slam in World Series history in Chicago's 7-6 win over Houston in Game 2 of the World Series.
Today's birthdays: Macay McBride 25; Chris Bootcheck 29; Rafael Furcal 30; Arthur Rhodes 38.
 

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