MLB hypes another big attendance weekend

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Last weekend’s interleague series drew a total of 1,626,347 fans over three days, MLB.com reports.  It marked the first time since July 2008 that the league has enjoyed consecutive weekends of greater than 1.625 million attendance.

Through 168 interleague games this year, the average attendance has been 34,118, a full 20 percent higher than the 28,372 average during intraleague play.

With the Red Sox in town, the Pirates set new PNC Park-highs for attendance on both Saturday (39,483) and Sunday (39,511), as well as a new high for a three-game series (118, 324).

The Phillies also had their highest-attended three-game series, with 137,333 checking out the games against the A’s.

Rays acquire C.J. Cron from Angels

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The Rays have acquired first baseman C.J. Cron from the Angels for a player to be named later, the teams announced Saturday. In a corresponding move, the Rays cleared a roster spot for Cron by designating outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment.

Cron wasn’t expected to factor prominently in the Angels’ plans for 2018, especially given the recent addition of pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani and the projected Luis Valbuena/Albert Pujols combo at first base. The 28-year-old infielder wasn’t overly impressive during his fourth season in Anaheim, either, slashing .248/.305/.437 with 16 home runs and 0.5 fWAR through 373 plate appearances in 2017. He’ll give the Rays a platoon option with fellow first baseman Brad Miller, though neither Cron nor Miller have looked particularly adept against left-handed pitching lately.

Dickerson, meanwhile, is coming off of a banner season with the Rays. The 29-year-old outfielder enjoyed his first All-Star nomination in 2017, rounding out the year with a .282/.325/.490 batting line and career-best 27 home runs and 2.6 fWAR in 629 PA. Some have already speculated that a trade is in the works; barring that, it’s a head-scratching move to make considering his clear offensive value to the team.