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A pitcher’s nightmare

Tue., April 21, 2009

Home runs are flying out of Yankee Stadium at a record pace for a new ballpark. Twenty were hit in the first four games alone as New York and Cleveland split the opening series that ended Sunday. That’s easily the high for the first four games at a major league park, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, topping the 16 when Oakland started the 1996 season at Cashman Field in Las Vegas. Fourteen of the home runs have been hit to right field.

Injury report: Braves catcher Brian McCann is to meet with an eye doctor today about the blurred vision that has kept him out of the starting lineup. He is in a 1-for-20 slump. … Florida Marlins starting pitcher Andrew Miller went on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique injury after giving up four runs and five hits in 42/3 innings during an 8-0 loss in Pittsburgh. The Marlins will recall a pitcher today to replace the left-handed Miller (0-1), who has a 6.94 ERA in four games.

Attendance down: Major League Baseball’s average attendance was 30,298 for its first 183 games over the opening two weeks of the season, a 6.9 percent drop from last year’s final figure of 32,539. The average declined from 31,111 in the opening week. The average usually drops during the second week as the importance of opening-day sellouts in the average lessens. Attendance is usually weakest in April and September due to colder weather in the Northeast and Midwest.


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