Millar 'guarantees' World Series title for Baltimore
Former Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar, now stuck on a Baltimore Orioles team that is trying once again to rebuild its way to respectability, said this yesterday, according to the Baltimore Sun: "I'm guaranteeing a 2008 World Series. Everybody else is."
Millar was apparently poking fun at Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, who recently guaranteed a jinx-breaking championship for his team in 2008.
TOKYO (AP) - Tickets for baseball's season-opening series between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics in Japan have sold out.
Tickets for the March 25-26 games at the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome went on sale Feb. 9 and sold out in less than two weeks.
Organizers said Thursday some tickets remain for the preseason games the Red Sox and Athletics will play against the Yomiuri Giants and the Hanshin Tigers on March 22-23.
Boston and Oakland will be the third set of teams to open the regular season at the Tokyo Dome, following the New York Mets and Chicago Cubs (2000), and the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay (2004). A scheduled 2003 series between Oakland and Seattle at the Tokyo Dome was canceled because of the threat of war in Iraq.
Boston left-hander Hideki Okajima could be the lone Japanese pitcher for the World Series champions in the two-game series, as Daisuke Matsuzaka may miss the series because his wife is expecting to give birth around that time.