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DENVER -- When you live in the flat land of Buffalo only about 600 feet above sea level, you notice this thin mountain air. When you climb a mile high, you really feel the difference. Trust me, I just did it. No, I didn't hike Pikes Peak. My first task Saturday afternoon, five hours before the first pitch of the Game Three of the World Series, was to ascend to one of the …

DENVER -- Here's a neat video piece by ESPN.com's Jim Caple that gives you a good feel for Coors Field. The huge outfield, the row of purple seats in the upper deck exactly one mile high from sea level and, of course, a trip inside the humidor. Worth the three minutes sometime today before you watch Game Three. And, yes, I plan on making the climb to the purple row myself …

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DENVER -- I took a trip to one of the most intriguing places in all of baseball this afternoon. No, not the Hall of Fame or Monument Park. Not the Green Monster seats or the Wrigley bleachers. I got to step inside the Coors Field humidor. Unless the Rockies quickly do something dramatic, I fear that may be my highlight from this World Series. In the deepest recesses of …

DENVER -- We're on the scene at Coors Field and Terry Francona has made his toughest decision so far in the World Series. With no designated hitter, David Ortiz will play first base for the Red Sox Saturday night in Game Three. Mike Lowell will stay at third base and Kevin Youkilis will be on the bench. Francona said Ortiz's knees are fine and he hopes the Sox have a lead …

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BOSTON -- James Taylor is done playing the national anthem and, on a 48-degree night, it's time for Game Two of the World Series. Keep it here for live updates (and hopefully the computer gremlins won't chew up our work like they did last night): It's over: The Sox are halfway to another title with a 2-1 win as Schilling, Okajima and Papelbon dominated the Rockies. Two do…

BOSTON -- No weather troubles tonight. It's been sunny all afternoon, albeit a bit on the chilly side, and Game Two of the World Series will be played in clear skies and temperatures in the very Denver-like high 40s. Neither team has made a lineup change. If you're the Red Sox, why would you touch a good thing? With Wednesday's 13-1 win, Boston became the first team in h…

BOSTON -- Fourth inning last night. The rain is falling steadily in Fenway Park and Fox goes to the dugout for a report from Chris Myers. He finishes and Joe Buck calls him "our little Jub-Jub." Say what? Turns out Buck was filling a bet from Conan O'Brien. Use O'Brien's favorite word on the air and Buck's favorite charity gets a $1,000 donation. Check it out. …

BOSTON -- Keep it here for updates from Game One of the World Series between the Red Sox and Rockies. Let's see if Josh Beckett can keep doing his Bob Gibson impersonation against a Colorado team on an incredible 21-1 run. Bot-5th: The Rockies brought lefty Franklin Morales out of the bullpen to replace Jeff Francis (4 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K). He was warming in th…

BOSTON -- It's a cloudy afternoon and word is the rain is coming later tonight to Fenway Park but we're expected to have no problem starting Game One of the World Series on time at 8:35 (thanks for nothing, Fox). There aren't many surprises in the teams' starting lineups; the Rockies chose Ryan Spilborghs for their DH (but it is strange to see a DH batting ninth) while the…

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BOSTON -- Some odds and ends as we wrap up workout day before Wednesday night's opener of the 103rd World Series in Fenway Park. 1). Rockies manager Clint Hurdle (left) had a 23-minute pre-Series press conference that was one of the best I've ever seen. He was insightful, funny, sarcastic and emotional at various times. He even grew misty-eyed when discussing his 5-year-o…

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BOSTON -- If you think you've rarely seen a series with so many swings of momentum, you're right. This was only the third time in history BOTH teams had a three-game winning streak in a seven-game series. The Cubs and Marlins both did that in the 2003 NLCS and the Red Sox and Yankees did it in the 2004 ALCS. Everything seemed to be going the Indians' way with a 3-1 lead b…

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BOSTON -- This is the place for updates to see if the Indians can find their equilibrium and somehow stop the Boston momentum in Game Seven of the ALCS. Or if the Tribe will simply become the next version of the '96 Cardinals. That St. Louis team had a 3-1 lead in the NLCS -- but the Braves outscored them, 32-1, in the final three games. Boston has a 19-3 bulge over the Tr…

BOSTON -- It's quiet for now here at sunny Fenway Park four hours before Game Seven of the ALCS between the Red Sox and Indians. MLB officials have just announced the Indians pitcher Paul Byrd and GM Mark Shapiro will speak the media regarding this morning's HGH bombshell sometime in the 6 p.m. hour. Sox manager Terry Francona said Tim Wakefield won't pitch in relief toni…