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Fenway anniversary fanfare peaks today

BOSTON — The Red Sox are preparing for today's 100th anniversary of their first game at Fenway Park, home to all sorts of history — fanatics, flakes, fires and flameouts — since the Red Sox beat the New York Highlanders in the opener.

They face the Yankees after pregame ceremonies to which the Red Sox said they had invited all living uniformed personnel they had been able to track down.

World Series hero Curt Schilling said he wouldn't be able to make it because he is busy with his video game company. Former manager Terry Francona said he would attend after first saying he would skip the event in the wake of his contentious offseason departure. And the GM who helped end the team's lengthy title drought, Theo Epstein, now of the Cubs, was invited, but the team said no former executives are part of the ceremonies. Epstein has said he cannot attend.

Thursday, thousands of fans filed through the stadium during an open house. They were allowed to sit in the dugouts and walk along the warning track.

Selig in Middle: Commissioner Bud Selig insisted Thursday the A's and Rays (see Rays notebook) must have new ballparks to be able to compete. Selig provided no timetable for deciding the dispute between the A's, who would like to build a ballpark in San Jose, and the Giants, who won't give up their territorial rights there. "I try to lead teams in a direction of solving their problems themselves," Selig said. "However, this group has an interesting comment whenever they get in trouble: 'That's why you're here, Commissioner.' … I don't know that that's a particularly good answer."

Berkman to DL: Cardinals 1B Lance Berkman, 36, will go on the 15-day DL with a left calf injury he aggravated while chasing a popup.

Triple times three: The Astros tripled three times in the first inning against the Nationals, the first time they tripled three times in an inning. The triples by Jose Altuve, Brian Bogusevic and Matt Downs were part of a five-run inning off former Ray Edwin Jackson. The major-league record for most triples in an inning is five (White Sox, Sept. 15, 1901), Stats LLC said.

Angels: Gold Glove SS Erick Aybar, 28, signed a four-year, $35 million deal, passing up free agency after this season to stay with the club through 2016.

Late Pitchers Duel: The Phillies' Cliff Lee and Giants ace Matt Cain combined to throw 19 scoreless innings, but neither got a decision. Melky Cabrera hit an RBI single against Antonio Bastardo to give San Francisco a 1-0 11-inning win late Wednesday. "It's the first time I ever threw 10 innings. It was neat," Lee said. "I'd rather give up two runs and get the win, though."

Scoop and save

The Orioles-White Sox game was delayed in the seventh when a boy who appeared to be about 4 or 5 slipped through a barricade and ran across the outfield. Sox leftfielder Dayan Viciedo nabbed him and gave him to a security guard. "What I was thinking was hoping a ball doesn't come and hit him," Viciedo said. The child and his family were ejected per Major League Baseball rules. "Obviously it was a nonissue for Dayan, who was able to field the kid cleanly," Sox spokesman Scott Reifert said. "But going on the field is stuff we do take seriously."

Fenway anniversary fanfare peaks today 04/19/12 [Last modified: Thursday, April 19, 2012 10:23pm]
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