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MLB attendance down another 1.4%, 4th straight drop

Major League Baseball’s average attendance of 26,854 through Wednesday is 1.4% below the 27,242 through the similar point last season, which wound up below 30,000 for the first time since 2003. Baltimore, Cincinnati, Minnesota and Tampa Bay set stadium lows this year. Kansas City had its smallest home crowd since 2011 and Toronto and San Francisco since 2010. Nineteen of the 30 teams have experienced drops. Tampa Bay and Miami drew 12,653 Wednesday night – combined.

MLB to keep monitoring netting issue after child is hit

Major League Baseball says it will keep examining its policy on protective netting at stadiums a day after a young fan was struck by a foul ball and hospitalized. The girl was hit during a game between the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros, an incident MLB calls “extremely upsetting.” The team has not given an update on her condition and says the family has asked for privacy.

Relaxed, hard-hitting Twins are stressing out opponents

Signs of a potent lineup were evident for the Minnesota Twins in spring training, with the addition of some accomplished power hitters and the anticipation of more development by the homegrown players. The most optimistic member of the organization would’ve had trouble seeing a start like this, though. Their 106 homers are the most in the major leagues, fueling a .515 slugging percentage that would be an all-time best. The relaxed approach us fostered by rookie manager Rocco Baldelli.

Phillies face depleted bullpen because of injuries

The Phillies have a grip on first place in the NL East despite a banged-up bullpen. Victor Arano had surgery on his right elbow, and Adam Morgan went on the injured list with a strained left forearm. Edubray Ramos, Tommy Hunter and David Robertson will be out until at least June, and Pat Neshek and Tommy Hunter are also on the injured list.

2021 MLB All-Star Game to be played in Atlanta

Major League Baseball’s 2021 All-Star Game will be played at Atlanta in what could be the first national showcase for SunTrust Park since the stadium opened in 2017. This will be the third All-Star Game in Atlanta after 1972 and 1996. This year’s All-Star Game is July 9 at Cleveland’s Progressive Field and next year’s game is at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Report: Phils OF Odubel Herrera left hand prints on woman’s neck

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera left “hand print markings” on his girlfriend’s neck during a domestic assault inside an Atlantic City casino, according to a police report obtained by a newspaper. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday that the player also left “small scratches” on her arms, citing the police report. Herrera faces a June 17 court appearance on charges of simple assault and knowingly causing bodily injury.

Rangers-Angels in Globe Life Field opener March 31

The Texas Rangers are set to play their first regular-season game at new Globe Life Field on Tuesday, March 31 against the Los Angeles Angels, according to a draft of the 2020 preliminary schedule obtained by The Associated Press. Texas starts the season at Seattle with a weekend series before heading home according to the preliminary schedule, which is tentative and subject to change.

Houston’s Carlos Correa out for 4-6 weeks with fractured rib

Astros shortstop Carlos Correa says that rib was fractured during a massage. Correa, who is expected to be out 4-6 weeks, issued a statement through the team which says in part: “I sustained the rib fracture during a massage at my home on Tuesday. To sustain an injury in such an unusual way makes it even more frustrating.”

Mariners’ troubling trend continues in lopsided loss to Rangers

A day after playing their most crisp and complete baseball game in recent weeks, the Mariners served up an unnecessary and unwanted reminder of how and why they have their current losing record– now 24-33 – and how it’s happened following a 13-2 start to the season.

Mariners snap 6-game skid with 6-2 win over Rangers

SEATTLE – Daniel Vogelbach hit a mammoth two-run homer in the seventh inning, Kyle Seager drove in his first run of the season and the Seattle Mariners snapped a six-game losing streak with a 6-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Monday night. Seattle was miserable on the road in getting swept by Texas and Oakland, but a strong pitching performance from Tommy Milone and a handful of key hits finally stopped the Mariners’ skid.