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What it costs to be a Boston fan

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What it costs to be a Boston fan

Going to see your favorite sports team play is always agreat time but is it worth all that money?You can get tickets directlythrough the teams, or try to a secondary market to save some money. There aremore than 60 such secondary markets through which sports tickets are sold everyyear, including Stubhub, eBay, and TicketNetwork.com.For some teams, the ticket prices are cheap. Taking thewhole family out to see a game wont cost as much as one ticket to see the NewEngland Patriots. Boston fans love their sports, which might be one of thereasons that three of the teams rank in the most expensive ticket prices in thenation.The Boston Red Sox rank firstamong MLB teams forthe priciest secondary ticket costing fans who buy outside the box officeapproximately 88 on average. Part of the reason for this high price comparedto other MLB teams is the success in recent years. Success on the field hastranslated to the box office as demand for tickets increases revenue.Attendance is also higher since the recent success.The Boston Celtics rank fifthamong NBA teamsdespite having the winningiest team in basketball history. Seeing this teamplay is not cheap, buying a resale ticket on average will cost you just over99. The Celtics averaged a sell out at home games played in 2010-2011. Theonly thing thats stopping the Celtics revenue gain was the NBA locket out thatshortened the season.Last, but absolutely not least, The New England Patriotsrank first for ticket prices in the NFL and the entire sports world in general.The key to their ticket success has been their success in the postseason,winning three Super Bowls and only missing the playoffs twice. Attendance ratescant change at Gillette Stadium unless they expand it, because every seat forevery game the past four years has been filled.Considering Robert Kraft boughtthe team in 1994 for 172 million, the fact that the franchise now ranks third-highest valued team in the NFL coming at 1.4 billion shows how successful thisteam is.No wonder Boston fans are so diehard, they are literallyspending thousands of dollars on tickets to see their teams play.Click here to see what other teams were ranked for theirpricy tickets.

Red Sox move closer to AL East title with 5-0 win over Reds

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Red Sox move closer to AL East title with 5-0 win over Reds

CINCINNATI - Mitch Moreland ended his long slump with a three-run homer, Eduardo Rodriguez pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning, and the Boston Red Sox took another step toward a second straight AL East title, beating the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Saturday.

Boston has won 13 of 16, holding off the Yankees as it tries to win back-to-back East titles for the first time since divisional realignment in 1969. The Red Sox have their best record of the season at 90-64, reaching 90 wins for the second year in a row.

They remain four games in front of the Yankees, who beat Toronto 5-1.

Moreland was in an 0-for-19 slump when he connected off Robert Stephenson (5-6) in the sixth inning, his 20th homer of the season but only his second in September. The Red Sox are last in the AL with 160 homers.

Rodriguez (6-6) has given up two or fewer earned runs in each of his last four starts, the best stretch of his career. The left-hander gave up three singles and two walks in 7 2/3 innings, his longest outing since May 21.

The Red Sox have shutout victories in three of their last four games, including two at Baltimore. They are 7-1 on a trip that ends Sunday. Boston wraps up the regular season at Fenway Park with three games against Toronto and four against Houston.

Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who grew up in suburban Madeira and had hundreds of relatives and friends in the stands for the series, singled home a run in the seventh at the ballpark where he regularly attended games as a youth.

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Betts (foot), Pedroia (knee) out of Red Sox lineup

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Betts (foot), Pedroia (knee) out of Red Sox lineup

Mookie Betts, who fouled a ball off his left foot Friday night, and Dustin Pedroia, who has been bothered by a knee injury almost all season, were out of the Red Sox lineup Saturday against the Reds in Cincinnati.

Chris Young started in right field for Betts and Brock Holt at second base for Pedroia.

Betts was scratched from the original lineup but was a late scratch. Pedroia, who had been getting intermittent days off to rest his knee was originally expected to play but needed treatement and hopes to be able to play Sunday, according to Scott Lauber of ESPN. 

Manager John Farrell told reporters, including Christopher Smith of MassLive.com, that Betts "was hindered by it last night in the second half of that game. [He] woke up a little bit more sore. Went through treatment. But felt it was best to give him a day to fully recover and get some additional treatment."

The manager added that Betts was available to pinch hit Saturday and did not have X-rays, but that step could be taken if there's no improvement in the next 24 hours.