Just Wondering: Yankees swell media throng

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The economic pressure on newspapers has been thinning the print media horde at major sports events in recent years, a trend only partly counteracted by Web-based journalists.

But the return of the Yankees to the World Series and the fact it will be played within driving distance of several major Northeast cities has helped swell the media ranks.

Major League Baseball spokesman Pat Courtney said about 1,900 credentials were issued for the first two games, up from 1,500 in St. Petersburg, Fla., last year.

MLB expects to issue about 1,750 in Philadelphia, compared with 1,600 there last year.

In addition to the New York papers turning out in force, the Japanese reporters who follow Hideki Matsui have increased the demand.

After the LCS failures of both Los Angeles-area teams, only a handful of papers from the Mountain and Pacific time zones made the trip.

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